Dean Harry L. Dorsey assumed responsibilities as the Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University in September 2009. During this time, he also served as the Interim Commandant from April - July 2013. Prior to his appointment as Dean of Faculty, Dean Dorsey served as Professor of Grand Strategy, Professor of Acquisition, Director of the Elective Studies Program, and Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs.
Prior to his arrival at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Dean Dorsey served with distinction in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps for over 24 years, retiring in the grade of Colonel. While on active duty, Dean Dorsey specialized in contract and fiscal law. He gained weapon system acquisition experience, while serving as Contract Law Attorney and later as Branch Chief in the Adversary Proceedings Division, at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, located at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. While assigned as a Litigation Attorney, in the Office of The Judge Advocate General, Washington, D.C., he litigated contract disputes and bid protests in the Federal courts.
Dean Dorsey served overseas for five years, as Contract Law Advisor assigned to the U.S. Contracting Agency in Frankfurt, Germany, and later, as the Chief of the Contract Law Division, in the Office of the Judge Advocate, in Heidelberg, Germany. In this capacity, he was instrumental in formulating the contracting concept of operations for U.S. Forces in Hungary and Croatia.
He served twice as a Staff Judge Advocate, first at the U.S. Army Signal Command and U.S. Army Military Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and later at the Military Traffic Management Command, the Army component command of U.S. Transportation Command.
In addition to the practice of contract and fiscal law, Dean Dorsey served as a faculty member at the Judge Advocate General's School, an American Bar Association accredited law school. During his tenure, he served as an Instructor, the Senior Instructor, and finally, as Department Chair and Professor of Contract and Fiscal Law and the Gilbert A. Cuneo Chair of Government Contact Law.
He is a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Supreme Court.