Jim Lacey is the Professor of Strategy at the Marine Corps War College. Prior to that he was a widely published senior analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, DC. Lacey served over a dozen years on active duty as an infantry officer and recently retired from the Army Reserves. He also taught graduate level courses in Military History and Global Issues at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. Lacey was an embedded journalist with Time magazine during the invasion of Iraq, where he traveled with the 101st Airborne Division. He has written extensively for many other magazines and his opinion columns have been published in, National Review, The Weekly Standard, the New York Post, the New York Sun, Foreign Affairs and many other publications. Jim Lacey is also regularly published in Military History Magazine, Military History Quarterly, and the Journal of Military History.
Lacey is the author of Moment of Battle (Bantam), The First Clash (Bantam), Takedown: the 3rd Infantry Division’s 21-Day Assault on Baghdad (Naval Institute Press), Pershing (Palgrave-Macmillan) The Making of Peace (Cambridge University Press) and The Making of Grand Strategy (Cambridge University Press) and Keep from all Thoughtful Men (USNI, 2010) He also has a trilogy of works on global terrorism, published early in 2008 (Naval Institute Press). His edited book Great Power Rivalries was published in (2017). He also has two books fortcoming: The Washington War, dealing with the relationship between FDR, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the War Cabinet during WW II (May 2018); and, Gods of War, dealing with those times in history when great captains have fought each other (May 2019).