Jeffrey D. McCausland

Diamond6 Leadership and Strategy; Former Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council

Jeffrey McCausland is a former Carnegie Council Senior Fellow. He is the founder and CEO of Diamond6 Leadership and Strategy, LLC (

Since 2000, both domestic and internationally, Dr. McCausland has conducted numerous executive leadership development workshops and consulted for leaders in public education, U.S. government institutions, non-profit organizations, and corporations.

Dr. McCausland is a retired colonel from the U.S. Army and former dean of Academics at the U.S. Army War College. He is a visiting professor of national security at Dickinson College.

During his military career Dr. McCausland served in a variety of command and staff positions both in the United States and Europe during the Kosovo crisis and Operations Desert Shield and Storm.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools, and the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He holds both a Masters and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Dr. McCausland is the co-author of Battle Tested! Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders, available September 1, 2020.

Featured Work

SEP 2, 2009 Podcast

Jeffrey McCausland Interviews Eric "Rick" Olson: The Role of Military Contractors

"I just couldn't conceive of a battlefield now without contractors," says Olson, former Major General in the U.S. army and now an independent defense ...

Look out over Sarhani<br>Photo by <a href="" target="_blank"> Sgt. Matthew Moeller</a> (<a href="" target="_blank">CC</a>)

SEP 1, 2009 Article

Afghanistan, August 2009: A Turning Point--But Which Way Is it Turning?

August 2009 may be a turning point in the war in Afghanistan, according to McCausland, due to a dramatic increase in violence and a national election. ...

AUG 18, 2009 Podcast

Jeffrey McCausland Interviews James Carafano: The Role of Contractors in Combat

Using contractors on the battlefield is not new for the U.S. What's more, it's a good option and it's here to stay, says Carafano. "...

AUG 17, 2009 Article

Obama's War

As President Obama and his administration lead the nation and their coalition partners in a renewed effort in the war in Afghanistan, what can be ...

CREDIT: <a href="" target=_blank">U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael L. Casteel</a>.

FEB 23, 2009 Article

Timelines or Time Windows for Afghanistan?

With violence now subsiding in Iraq, some policy-makers seem to assume that we can now turn our attention back to the Afghan &quot;timeline&quot; ...

The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008

FEB 20, 2009 Podcast

The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008

What's next for Iraq? Thomas Ricks predicts that the U.S. military presence there will continue for at least another five to ten years, and ...

FEB 13, 2009 Podcast

Jeffrey McCausland Interviews Thomas Ricks

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Jeffrey McCausland talks to Thomas Ricks about his latest book, "The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006...

Kubinka Tank Museum, Russia. <br>CREDIT: <a href="" target=_blank">Russian Wikipedia</a>

NOV 3, 2008 Article

After Georgia: Russia, NATO, and the CFE

Can the CFE Treaty assist in reestablishing security in the North Caucasus or has both its credibility and utility been undermined permanently?

Detainees at Camp X-Ray. <br>DoD photo: Shane T. McCoy, U.S. Navy

AUG 6, 2008 Article

An American Detainee "Strategy"

Treatment of detainees has severely damaged America's reputation, yet there is still no true strategy for dealing with them as part of an overall counter-terrorism ...

Breathing the Fire

MAY 16, 2008 Podcast

Breathing the Fire

Kimberly Dozier, a veteran Middle East journalist who was critically wounded in a Baghdad bomb blast, talks about the difficulties of reporting from Iraq. It's ...