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Mackubin Thomas Owens
Nickname "Mac"
Born (1945-11-16)November 16, 1945
Place of birth Bryan, Texas
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Silver Star
Other work Author

Mackubin Thomas Owens is an American military historian and conservative political figure. He is currently the Associate Dean of Academics for Electives and Directed Research and Professor of Strategy and Force Planning for the Naval War College, as well as a contributing editor to National Review.

He is a senior fellow at the Program on National Security of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and edits its journal, Orbis, starting in 2008.[1] Owens has previously served as a national security advisor to Senator Bob Kasten and in the Department of Energy under the Reagan administration. From 1990 to 1997, Owens was editor-in-chief of the defense journal Strategic Review and an adjunct professor of international relations at Boston University.[2]

Owens served as an infantry platoon commander from 1968-1969 in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, during which he was wounded twice, and awarded the Silver Star. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel in 1994. He holds a Ph.D in politics from the University of Dallas, a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara.[3] Owens contends "that women in combat undermine unit cohesion and thereby generate Clausewitzian friction."[4]

His book, US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain, was published by Continuum in January 2011. It explains some of the key issues that surround the relations between the military and its civilian control in the US today.


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