Dr. Joseph J. Collins was appointed Director of the Center for Complex Operations, INSS, National Defense University in July 2014, after a decade on the National War College faculty as Professor of National Security Strategy. Prior to that teaching assignment, he served three years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability Operations, the Pentagon’s senior civilian official for peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, and stabilization and reconstruction operations.

His team led the stability operations effort in Afghanistan and created the Global Peace Operations Initiative, which President Bush took to the 2004 G8 Sea Island Summit. He also was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he did research on economic sanctions, military culture, and national security policy.

Joseph Collins, a retired US Army Colonel with nearly 28 years of service, served in infantry and armor assignments in the United States, South Korea and Germany; taught at West Point in the Department of Social Sciences; and held a series of posts in the Pentagon on the Army staff. He also has taught as adjunct faculty in the graduate divisions of Columbia University and Georgetown University Strategic Studies Program.

He holds a doctorate in Political Science from Columbia University.