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Jeffrey A Larsen

Phone: (831) 656-7690


Jeff Larsen joined the NSA Department as a research professor in May 2018, after returning from a five-year tour as a member of the Command Group and Director of Research at the NATO Defense College in Rome. Previously he served as a senior policy analyst for SAIC and president of Larsen Consulting Group LLC, both in Colorado Springs. He supported USAF Headquarters, US Strategic Command, US Space Command, US Northern Command, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He is a retired USAF Lt Colonel, having served as a KC-135 command pilot, instructor pilot, associate professor of political science at the Air Force Academy, and first Director of the AF Institute for National Security Studies. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, Northwestern University, Texas A&M University, and the Defense Security Service. Dr Larsen holds a PhD in politics from Princeton University, and is a 1985 graduate of NPS with an MA in National Security Affairs. He has over 150 publications as author or editor.
    Major: Politics
    Dissertation Title: The Future of NATO Short Range Nuclear Systems: The Follow-on to Lance, 1983-1990
    Major: Politics
  • MA - Naval Postgraduate School 1985
    Major: National Security Affairs
    Dissertation Title: The Future of NATO
    Major: International Affairs
    Distinction: Magna cum laude
NPS Experience
  • 2018 - current: Faculty Associate - Education
Other Experience
  • 2018 Research Professor, US Naval Postgraduate School
  • 2013 - 2018 Director of Research Division, NATO Defense College
  • 2011 - 2012 Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M University
  • 2008 - 2013 Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University
  • 2004 - 2013 Adjunct Professor, University of Denver
  • 2000 President and CEO, Larsen Consulting Group LLC
  • 1997 - 2013 Senior Scientist, Science Applications International Corporation
  • 1985 - 1992 Associate Professor, US Air Force Academy
  • 1976 - 1997 Lt Colonel , US Air Force
Research Interests
US national security policy, nuclear weapons and policy, arms control, Europe, NATO, Russia, airpower
Teaching Interests
US national security, nuclear weapons and policy, current issues, Russia, NATO


  • 2018 - PASCC Grant, DTRA
  • 2005 - Manfred Woerner Fellowship, NATO
  • 1996 - NATO Research Fellowship, Fulbright Foundation
  • 1985 - Distinguished Graduate, Defense Language Institute
  • 1976 - Honor Graduate, US Air Force Academy

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Licensures and Certifications
  • 2012 Scuba License , MDA
  • 1983 Open Ocean Sailing Certification, NPS Sailing Club
  • 1974 Airline Transport Pilot , FAA