Dr. David P. Auerswald
is Professor of Security Studies at the National War College. He has been on the NWC faculty since the summer of 2001. Dr. Auerswald received his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and undergraduate degrees in political science and English literature from Brown University.
Dr. Auerswald has published books and articles on a variety of foreign policy topics, to include Congress and national security policy, the politics of U.S. treaty ratification and missile defense policy, the War Powers Act, the evolution of the U.S. National Security Council system, domestic and intra-alliance debates during military interventions, ISAF caveats in Afghanistan, and deterrence of terrorist attacks. His most recent publications include:
- Congress and National Security. Edited with Colton Campbell.(New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
- “Arms Control and a New START,” chapter 8 in Congress and National Security. Edited by David Auerswald and Colton Campbell.(New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
- Comparing Caveats: Understanding the Sources of National Restrictions upon NATO Missions in Afghanistan, International Studies Quarterly, March 2012.
- Coalitions at the Limits:NATOs Restricted Effort in Afghanistan, chapter 9 in The International Community and Statebuilding.Edited by Patrice McMahon and Jon Western. (Kentucky: Routledge, January 2012).
- The Evolution of the NSC Process, chapter 2 in The National Security Enterprise. Edited by Roger George and Harvey Rishikof. (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2011): 31-54.
- CENTCOM Assessment Team (CAT): Lessons Learned.Official Lessons Learned report prepared for U.S. Central Command, Washington, DC, March 2009, 61 pages.
- Deterring Non-State WMD Attacks, Political Science Quarterly, vol. 121, no. 4 (Winter 2006/2007): 543-568.
Before coming to the National War College, Dr. Auerswald was a faculty member at George Washington University, and served on the Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeStaff, working for then-SenatorJoseph Biden.He spent the 2008-2009 academic year working on the U.S. Central Commands Assessment Team, the "Alternative Futures" project for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and on the congressional reform team of the Project on National Security Reform.Dr. Auerswald was raised in Hawaii. He is married and has two children.