Rebecca D. Patterson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Army Chair
Department of International Security Studies
• B.A. United States Military Academy
• M.S. University of Missouri-Rolla
• M.Phil., Ph.D., The George Washington University
• Civil-Military Relations
• National Defense Policy
• Military Innovation
Rebecca Patterson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the National Defense University (NDU) and an active duty lieutenant colonel in the United States Army whose specialty is Strategic Plans and Policy. Prior to joining NDU, Patterson was a Strategic Advisor in the Commander’s Initiatives Group, Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan. From 2010-2011, she was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, where she worked at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a research fellow where she conducted research and published articles on Expeditionary Economics; and at the World Bank in the Independent Evaluation Group as an economist where she conducted an evaluation of the World Bank’s program in Laos.
Her previous military assignments include: Deputy, Director's Initiatives Group, Department of the Army Office of Business Transformation (2010), Staff Officer, Department of the Army Office of Institutional Adaptation (2009), economic advisor to the 1st Armored Division (MND-N) while deployed to Iraq (2008), command of an Army mechanized engineer unit in South Korea (2001-2003), platoon leader and executive officer at Fort Lewis, Washington where she supervised construction projects in Thailand (1997), Texas (1998) where she worked with Joint Task Force and the United States Border Patrol, and New York (1999) where she worked with the New York Police Department, and the Corps of Engineers.
She also served as an assistant professor of economics in the Department of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY (2006-2009) and as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University in the Graduate School of Political Management (2010-present). She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.