Fort Belvoir, VA Major Bryan Price is a FA59 officer and former Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy. At West Point he taught International Relations and served as the Course Director for the National Security Seminar. Price earned his B.S. in U.S. History from the United States Military Academy in 1998 and was commissioned as an Aviation officer. He is a graduate of the AH-64D Apache Longbow and AH-64A Apache Qualification Courses, Combined Arms Staff and Services School, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, Basic Strategic Arts Program, and Command and General Staff School. He received an M.A. in International Relations from St. Mary’s University in 2002 before earning M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from Stanford University in 2009. Major Price’s dissertation examined the effectiveness of leadership decapitation against terrorist groups. He served as a teacher assistant (TA) at Stanford University for two years before teaching at West Point, including one year as the head TA for former Secretary of Defense William Perry. His undergraduate thesis won the Omar N. Bradley Award for Excellence in Historical Research and Writing in the Department of History at USMA. His latest publication is in International Security on leadership decapitation and its effectiveness as a counterterrorism tactic. In 2009, Major Price served on the Secretary of Defense’s independent review of the Fort Hood shootings and worked under the report’s co-chairs, former Secretary of the Army Togo West and former Chief of Naval Operations ADM(R) Vern Clark. Major Price served 32 months as a troop commander in 2-6 CAV, which included a deployment to Afghanistan, and he recently returned from Iraq where he served with the 1st Cavalry Division during Operation New Dawn. Major Price has earned the Combat Action Badge, Aviator Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. In addition, he has earned two Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service Medals, and two Air Medals, among other awards.
BRYAN C. PRICE
Current Position Student, ILE Fort Belvoir, VA
Education Ph.D., Stanford University, 2009, Political Science
Dissertation entitled "Removing the Devil You Know: Unraveling the Puzzle Behind Leadership Decapitation and Terrorist Group Duration" under Martha Crenshaw and Scott Sagan
M.A., Stanford University, 2009, Political Science
Thesis entitled "Duty, Honor, …Party? Understanding the Decline of Military Veterans Serving in Congress and Use-of-Force Voting, 1973-2007” under Scott Sagan and Kenneth Schultz
M.A., St. Mary’s University, 2002, International Relations (Distinguished Graduate)
B.S., United States Military Academy, 1998, U.S. History
Publications “Targeting Top Terrorists: How Decapitation Contributes to Counterterrorism,” International Security, Vol. 36, No. 4 (Spring 2012), pp. 9-46.
“More Than a Game: Baseball Diplomacy in World War II and the Cold War, 1941-1958,” in The Politics of Baseball: Essays on the Pastime and Power at Home and Abroad, ed. Ron Briley. New York: MacFarland, 2010.
Department of Defense Independent Review Panel Relating to Fort Hood, “Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood,” Washington, D.C., January 15, 2010. (Executive Writing Committee)
Working Papers “Duty, Honor, …Party? Why Military Experience Doesn’t Matter in Congressional Use-of-Force Voting,” currently under review with Paramters.
“The Other Epidemiological Approach to Counter-Terrorism: What U.S. Counterterrorism Policymakers Can Learn from Cancer Research”
“When Leaderless is Meaningless: An Organizational Typology on Leadership Decapitation”
“It’s the Student, Stupid! Testing Lowman’s Sources of Influence on College Student Learning”
Academic Presentations and Workshops “Removing the Devil You Know: An Empirical Analysis of Leadership Decapitation and Terrorist Group Duration,” International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, February 17, 2010.
“An Empirical Analysis of Leadership Decapitation,” Faculty Colloquium, Department of Social Sciences, West Point, NY, November 17, 2009.
Trends in Transnational Terrorism: Targets and Tactics, sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 23 September 2009, Reston, VA.
Guest Lectures/Speaking Engagements “The Value of Hard Work,” Keynote Speaker, Manasquan High School National Honor Society Induction, Manasquan, New Jersey, 2009.
“A Company Commander’s Experience in Afghanistan,” in International Security class comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students, Stanford University, 2008.
“Understanding the Military: What Every Undergraduate Needs to Know,” Stanford University, 2008.
Teaching Experience Assistant Professor, U.S. Military Academy, 2009-2011