Michael S. Bell, Ph.D. (COL USA, Ret.)
Chancellor, College of International Security Affairs
National Defense University
Dr. Michael S. Bell is the Chancellor of the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), one of the five colleges at the National Defense University (NDU).Â
Following graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1983 and commissioning as an armor officer, Dr. Bell served with armor, cavalry, and mechanized infantry units in a variety of command and staff positions in Europe, the continental United States, and Southwest Asia. He commanded 1-8 Cavalry, taught history at the United States Military Academy, and served at the National War College as Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs.Â Other noteworthy military assignments include Aide de Camp to the Commanding General, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; Special Assistant to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe/Peace Stabilization Force; Futures Chief, III Corps G-3; strategist in the Directorate of Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), the Joint Staff; and Director of the Commanding General’s Initiatives Group in Baghdad at Multi-National Force-Iraq and at headquarters, U.S. Central Command.
Dr. Bell holds a MA and a PhD in History from the University of Maryland at College Park, a MS in National Security Strategy from NDU, and is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College. Dr. Bell retired from the US Army in 2012 with over 29 years of commissioned service. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star, the combat action badge, and the Joint Staff identification badge.