Dr. Christopher J. Lamb (CSR)
Distinguished Research Fellow
National Security Strategy & Policy
Email: Christopher J. Lamb
Dr. Christopher J. Lamb is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Research, Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at National Defense University. He conducts research on national security strategy, policy and organizational reform, and on defense strategy, requirements, plans and programs. In 2008 Dr. Lamb was assigned to lead the Project for National Security Reform (PNSR) study of the national security system, which led to the 2008 report, “Forging a New Shield.” Prior to joining INSS in 2004, Dr. Lamb served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Resources and Plans where he had oversight of war plans, requirements, acquisition, and resource allocation matters for the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy). Previously he served as Deputy Director for Military Development on the State Department’s Interagency Task Force for Military Stabilization in the Balkans; as Director of Policy Planning in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict; and from 1985 to 1992 as a Foreign Service Officer in Haiti and Ivory Coast. He received his doctorate in International Relations from Georgetown University in 1986. Dr. Lamb has received the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Executive Service, the Superior Honor award from the Department of State, and Meritorious Civilian Service awards from the Department of Defense.
Forging a New Shield. Arlington, VA: Center for the Study of the Presidency, Project on National Security Reform, 2008. Available at: <http://www.pnsr.org/data/files/pnsr_forging_a_new_shield_report.pdf>.
U.S. Special Operations Forces, with David Tucker, Columbia University Press, 2007.
Belief Systems and Decision Making in the Mayaguez Crisis: Gainesville, Florida: The University of Florida Press, 1989.
Perspectives in Political Science (“Deserves to be included on the same shelf as Allison’s “essence of Decision” because of the rigor of analysis”); Choice (“a significant contribution to the literature on crisis behavior, decision-making models and US foreign policy”), and Political Science Quarterly (“an excellent case study...a rich source of both historical information and theoretical insights”).
How to Think About Arms Control, Disarmament and Defense. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1988.
Chapters, Monographs, Articles
“Joint Interagency Task Force-South: The Best Known, Least Understood Interagency Success” with lead author Evan Munsing, Strategic Perspectives 5, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, June 2011.
“Expanding Chief of Mission Authority to Produce Unity of Effort,” with Edward Marks, Interagency Essay 11-02, Col. Arthur D. Simons Center for the Study of Interagency Cooperation, May 2011.
“Interagency National Security Teams: Can Social Science Contribute,” with lead author James Douglas Orton, PRISM, Volume 2, No. 2, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, March 2011.
“Secret Weapon: High-value Target Teams as an Organizational Innovation,” with Evan Munsing, Strategic Perspectives, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, December 2010.
“Chief of Mission Authority as a Model for National Security Integration,” with Edward Marks, Strategic Perspectives, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, December 2010.
“Unified Effort: Key to Special Operations and Irregular Warfare in Afghanistan,” with Martin Cinnamond, Joint Forces Quarterly, Issue 56, 1st Quarter, 2010.
“Unity of Effort: Key to Success in Afghanistan,” with Martin Cinnamond, Strategic Forum No. 248, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, October, 2009.
“Three Pillars of Reform,” in Global Strategic Assessment 2009: America’s Security Role in a Changing World, edited by Patrick Cronin, National Defense University Press, 2009.
“MRAPs, Irregular Warfare, and Pentagon Reform,” Joint Forces Quarterly, Issue 55, 4th Quarter 2009.
“MRAPs, Irregular Warfare, and Pentagon Reform,” with Matthew Schmidt and Berit Fitzsimmons, Occasional Paper, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, June 2009.
“Redesigning White House and Interagency Structures,” in Civilian Surge: Key to Complex Operations, Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University, December 2008.
“The Mayaguez Crisis Mini Case Study,” with Alexandra A. Singer, in Case Studies, Volume II, Project on National Security Reform, 2008.
“Somalia: Did Leaders or the System Fail?,” with Nicholas Moon, in Case Studies, Volume 1, Project on National Security Reform, 2008.
Joint Forces Quarterly, “Reforming Pentagon Decisionmaking with a Decision Support Cell,” with Irving Lachow, 4th Quarter, 2006.
“Reforming Pentagon Strategic Decision Making,” with Irving Lachow, Strategic Forum No. 221, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, July 2006.
“Restructuring Special Operations Forces for Emerging Threats,” with David Tucker, Strategic Forum No. 219, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, January 2006.
With contributions from M. Elaine Bunn, Charles Lutes, and Christopher Cavoli, Transforming Defense, Occasional Paper, National Defense University Press, September 2005.
With a contribution from Paris Genalis, Review of Psychological Operations Lessons Learned from Recent Operational Experience, Occasional Paper, National Defense University Press, September 2005
With James Pryzstup, "Beigun no Toransufohmehshon to Higashi Ajia no Anzenhoshou (Transformation of the U.S. Military and East Asian Security)," Kokusai Mondai, No.539 (February 2005), pp. 27-43.
“Information Operations as a Core Competency,” Joint Forces Quarterly, Issue 36, (Washington, D.C.: National Defense University Press, December 2004).
“Guerrilla Warfare,” in Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations, Council on Foreign Relations (American Reference Publishing Co.: Lakeville, CT, 1998).
“Information Age Technology and Operations Other Than War,” in War in the Information Age (Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, 1997).
“Peacetime Engagements,” with David Tucker, in America’s Armed Forces: A Handbook of Current and Future Capabilities, ed. by Sam Sarkesian (Greenwood Publishing Co.: Westport, CT, 1996).
"Perspectives on Emerging SOF Roles and Missions,” in Special Warfare (July, 1995).
“What Demosthenes Could Whisper to Reagan,” National Review (June 14, 1985).
“Belief Systems and Decision Making in the Mayaguez Crisis,” Political Science Quarterly (Winter 1984-85).
“The Nature of Proxy Warfare,” in The Future of Conflict in the 1980s, ed. by William Taylor (Lexington, Books, 1983).
“The Ambassador in U.S. Foreign Policy: Changing Patterns in Roles, Selection, and Designation.” Committee Print for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: U.S. Congress (GPO: 1981). Reprinted in Martin F. Herz, ed. The Modern Ambassadors: The Challenge and the Search. Washington, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1983.
“Public Opinion and Nuclear Weapons in Europe, “NATO Review (December, 1981).
“How to Foster Real Interagency Coordination,” with Edward Marks, Defense News, February 21, 2011.
“Unified Afghan Effort: Multiple Agencies Must Join to Establish Stability,” with Martin Cinnamond, Defense News, August 17, 2009.
“Does General Jones Have a Future in National Security Reform?,” with James Douglas Orton, commentary in The Project on National Security Reform blog; at: http://pnsrblog.wordpress.com/
, June 30, 2009.
“Contra Rothkopf,” with James Douglas Orton, commentary in The National Interest Online, May 5, 2009; at: http://www.nationalinterest.org/Article.aspx?id=21422
“What the Troops Need: 1947 National Security Act Tangled in Politics, Turf Fights,” with COL Michael Bell, Defense News, April 9, 2007.
“Armored Arguments: Tougher U.S. Vehicular Armor Critical to Success,” with Mike Casey, Defense News, February 13, 2006.
With Michael Casey, “Fading Transformation? Reject Any Effort To Close OFT,” Defense News, November 14, 2005.
“Give the Troops the Right Armor in Iraq,” with Joel Wiegert, commentary in Defense News, May 3, 2004.
"Dealing with a nuclear North Korea," with James J. Przystup, commentary in the Washington Times, February 22, 2004.
Unpublished Reports and Testimony to Congress
“Overcoming Interagency Problems.” Prepared Statement of Christopher J. Lamb before the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee on Implementing the Global War on Terror, U.S. Congress, House Armed Services Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, March 15, 2006. 20 pages.
Quadrennial Defense Review, Integrated Process Team #3, “Roles, Missions, and Organizations,” Working Group #5, Defense Reorganization, Final Report. October 14, 2005. 19 pages.