Jason H. Campbell

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Policy Researcher
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M.A. in international affairs, Catholic University; B.A. in Political Science & German, Amherst College; PhD in war studies, King's College London

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Jason H. Campbell is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, where he focuses on issues of international security, counterinsurgency, intelligence, and measuring progress in post-conflict reconstruction. From June 2016 through September 2018, he served as country director for Afghanistan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy. His most recent work has concentrated on the resourcing of U.S. combatant commands, the U.S. role in developing special operations forces in NATO, and the evolving role of irregular warfare in competitive environments. In a previous position at the Brookings Institution, Campbell coauthored The Iraq Index and established The Afghanistan Index and The Pakistan Index projects. He is a regular contributor to War on the Rocks and his writing has also appeared in the Journal of Military History, Policy Review, and the Harvard International Review, as well as in the op-ed pages of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Campbell has also authored a chapter on U.S.-Saudi security relations in the forthcoming book, Imperial Crossroads: The Great Powers and the Persian Gulf (U.S. Naval Institute Press). Campbell earned his Ph.D. in war studies from King's College London, holds an M.A. in international affairs from Catholic University, and has a B.A. in political science & German from Amherst College.

Previous Positions

Country Director for Afghanistan, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy; Research Analyst, The Brookings Institution

Recent Projects

  • Special Operations Campaigning for Next-Generation Irregular Warfare
  • Assisting Third Parties in Counterinsurgency Missions
  • Security Force Assistance in Afghanistan
  • Assessment of U.S. Security Cooperation in Afghanistan
  • Assessing NATO Special Operations Headquarters

Selected Publications

Stephen Watts, Jason H. Campbell, Patrick B. Johnston, Sameer Lalwani, Sarah H. Bana, Countering Others' Insurgencies: Understanding U.S. Small-Footprint Interventions in Local Context, RAND (RR-513-SRF), 2014

Richard R. Brennan, Charles P. Ries, Larry Hanauer, Ben Connable, Terrence K. Kelly, Michael J. McNerney, Stephanie Young, Jason H. Campbell, K. Scott McMahon, Ending the U.S. War in Iraq: The Final Transition, Operational Maneuver, and Disestablishment of United States Forces-Iraq, RAND (RR-232-USFI), 2013

Jason H. Campbell "The Ties that Bind: The Events of 1979 and the Escalation of U.S.-Saudi Security Relations," in Jeffrey R. Macris and Saul Kelly, Imperial Crossroads: The Great Powers and the Persian Gulf, Naval Institute Press, 2012

Ben Connable, Jason H. Campbell, Bryce Loidolt, Gail Fisher, Assessing Freedom of Movement for Counterinsurgency Campaigns, RAND (TR-1014-USFOR-A), 2011

Honors & Awards

  • Individual Award for Correspondence Excellence (2018), U.S. Department of Defense
  • RAND Impact Award (2012)

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: CNN; Dagens Nyheter Online; Federal News Network; New York Times; Sirius XM Radio; Voice of America; Wall Street Journal; WION News

Commentary: U.S. News & World Report; War on the Rocks