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Peter Dombrowski

Dr Peter Dombrowski is a professor of strategy at the Naval War College where he serves as the chair of the Strategic Research Department.  Previous positions include director of the Naval War College Press, editor of the Naval War College Review, co-editor of International Studies Quarterly, Associate Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University and defense analyst at ANSER, Inc. He has also been affiliated with research institutions including the East-West Center, The Brookings Institution, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University among others. Dr Dombrowski is the author of over forty articles, monographs, book chapters and government reports. In June 2009, Stanford University Press published his volume edited with John Duffield, Balance Sheet: The Iraq War and U.S. National Security. He is last book, co-authored with Eugene Gholz, is Buying Military Transformation: Technological Innovation and the Defense Industry (Columbia University Press, 2006). In 2005 he edited two volumes, Guns and Butter: the Political Economy of the New International Security Environment (Lynne Reinner, 2005) and Naval Power in the Twenty-first Century: a Naval War College Review Reader (Naval War College Press, 2005). Earlier books include Policy Responses to the Globalization of American Banking (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996) and with Andrew Ross and Eugene Gholz, Military Transformation and the Defense Industry After Next: The Defense Industrial Implications of Network-Centric Warfare (Naval War College Press 2002). Awards include a Chancellor’s Scholarship for Prospective Leaders from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1994 and the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in 2007 for his role in the development of A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower. He received his B.A. from Williams College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. 


Articles by Peter Dombrowski (2)

  • Strategic stability and SSBNs: Arms control may be the answer

    From a strategic perspective, the bottom line attraction for states seeking to acquire nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) is survivability. States possessing SSBNs cannot be victims of a disarming first strike.  They will always possess the ability to strike back with submarine launched ballistic missiles armed with nuclear weapons in order to inflict unacceptable damage on the attacking state.
  • The dangers of SSBN proliferation in Indo-Pacific Asia

      It has become commonplace to lament the arms races underway in Indo-Pacific Asia. China's military modernisation over the last two decades has helped provoke heightened political tensions and growing concern in capitals from Tokyo to New Delhi to Washington and Moscow. North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems keeps tensions in Northeast Asia high. The Indian subcontinent is home to two nuclear powers that have fought four wars over the last 65 years.