Lieutenant Colonel Jason Dempsey is a career infantry officer in the US Army, currently serving with the 101st Airborne Division as an adviser to Afghan security forces. He most recently served as a member of the White House Task Force on Veterans, Wounded Warriors and Military Families. Previous to that he worked in the Office of the First Lady as a White House Fellow, where he worked on the development and implementation of Joining Forces, the First Lady and Dr. Biden's initiative to support military families.
His last operational assignment was with the 3rd Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division. In 2009, Jason deployed as the operations officer for Task Force Chosin in Kunar. Midway through the deployment he was selected to serve as the brigade operations officer for Task Force Spartan, responsible for counterinsurgency operations in two previously unoccupied provinces south of Kabul.
In 2005 he volunteered for deployment to Iraq where he worked with State Dept. and military personnel to draft and coordinate policy towards Kirkuk and the Kurds.
Jason is a graduate of West Point and holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University. The focus of his research is the political and social attitudes of members of the military. In addition to his book, Our Army, he has has published articles on presidential approval ratings during foreign policy crises, Army efforts toward gender integration, counterinsurgency in Afghanistan, and the experiences of Hispanics in the United States Army. In 2005 he was awarded a Dwight Eisenhower / Clifford Roberts Fellowship for his work.
Jason is a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College and the Amphibious Warfare School of the United States Marine Corps. His other military assignments have included tours with the 82nd Airborne Division, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and the 3rd Infantry Division. He is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a 2004 delegate to the U.S.—Italy Young Leaders Conference.