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Peter Frank, COL (Germany)

Contact Info

(831) 656-1036
Office Address:
Glasgow Hall, Room 307

Visiting Lecturer, Military Professor

Europe (EU, CSDP), NATO, and International Relations (IR)


Colonel (GS) Peter Frank, German Army, is an Associate Military Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. He joined the NPS Faculty in October 2014.

He received his M.A. in Business and Administration from the Bundeswehr University - Neubiberg in 1990; he is a graduate from the German Armed Forces General Staff (GS) Course - Hamburg in 2000, and also received his M.A. in National Security Affairs from the NPS in 2003.

He has held a variety of national and international leadership and staff Positions at the tactical, operational und national ministerial level as well as in NATO operations. As ACOS G3 Operations, Plans & Exercise, 1st Mountain Division – Munich, he deployed as Military Assistant (MA) COM SFOR, to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), in 2001. From 2003 to 2006 he was assigned to the German Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Berlin as Assistant Branch Chief, Military Policy Issues and Representative of German Interests in NATO, where he gained experience in the military/political interface in the NATO and EU environment. After command of a Support and Transport Battalion, he became a lecturer at the Federal Armed Forces Command and Staff Collage in Hamburg and Senior Instructor in the German General Staff Course. From 2010 on he was a Military Assistant for the Under Secretary of Defense in the German MoD where he gained in depth experience at the senior most level of decision-making. As Head of the Planning Department (G5), 1st Panzer Division (DEU Army)  – Hannover, he deployed operationally to the Balkans as the Assistant Chief of Staff in HQ KFOR - Pristina, responsible for Policy, Plans and Assessment in KFOR within the NATO operation in south eastern Europe.

Teaching Interests:

International Relations of the European Union

Introduction of International Relations

European Union – Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP)