Bryon Greenwald, Ph.D.

Professor and Deputy Provost

As the NDU Deputy Provost, Dr. Bryon Greenwald continues his life-long service to the nation and the Defense Department. He joined the Joint Forces Staff College after an Army career during which he held a variety of command and staff assignments, including Patriot Air Defense battalion command; Garrison Command of Fort Bliss, Texas; and Chief of Staff, J8, USJFCOM. Dr. Greenwald graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and School of Advanced Military Studies, and the National War College. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Greenwald’s interests are in military theory, 20th and 21st Century military history, leading innovation and change, and civil-military relations. He has published extensively in professional journals and is the author of SCUD ALERT! The History, Development, and Military Significance of Ballistic Missiles on Tactical Operations (AUSA, 1995) and The Anatomy of Change: Why Armies Succeed or Fail at Transformation (AUSA, 2000). He is currently writing the history of U.S. Army antiaircraft artillery development from 1917-1945. In 2003, he received the National War College Excellence in Writing Award for his study, Understanding Change: An Intellectual and Practical Study of Military Innovation.

In 2005, Dr. Greenwald won the Defense Communities Military Leadership Award for his transformation of the Fort Bliss military community. The award specifically mentioned his personal leadership of 2,600 military, civilian, and contract employees as they trained, equipped, and deployed over 32,000 personnel; his support of the 2005 BRAC decision-making process (resulting in an additional 30,000 soldiers and over $4 billion in DoD investment in Fort Bliss); his leadership of the Army Residential Communities Initiative with 3,000 new or renovated military homes; and his partnership with the City of El Paso to build the world’s largest inland desalination plant. In 2010 and 2019, he won the JFSC Faculty Recognition of Excellence Award.

Dr. Greenwald has advised 73 JAWS Masters Theses students, including 26 award winners, and mentored 32 students to present papers at international conferences. Besides teaching in the Joint Advanced Warfighting School, he simultaneously served as Interim Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs from March 2012 to September 2013. He created the 13-day JAWS Synthesis Trip to London, France, Belgium, and Germany, led the trip until 2013, and established the JFSC Writing Program. Dr. Greenwald taught the Foundations in the Theory and History of War and the Historical Perspectives on Innovation and Change courses for the Joint Advanced Warfighting School. He is also a member of the National Defense University Research Council and the Joint Force Quarterly editorial board. In 2021, he coordinated the NDU/JFSC hosting of the Society for Military History Conference in Norfolk, Virginia, an enormously complex event that hosted over 600 in-person and virtual participants and held 85 live, virtual, and hybrid panels over three days. His 4-year tenure as an SMH Trustee culminated with the SMH 2021 meeting.