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

MAR 6, 2008 Article

Developing Strategic Leaders for the 21st Century

This monograph examines the development of career civilian leaders for strategic decision making in the national security policy process.

General David H. Petraeus, Pentagon Press Briefing, 2007

NOV 11, 2007 Article

Iraq After the "Surge"

Is the "surge" working? McCausland analyzes its results in four different areas of Iraqi life: political, military, diplomatic, and economic. He goes on to discuss ...

American soldiers with Iraqi children

OCT 3, 2007 Article

Some Good News from Iraq: Sweet Sixteen

Not all the news from Iraq is bad. Three years ago, Soham lost both her legs in a terrorist attack. American soldiers fly her to ...

Bugle call

JUL 3, 2007 Article

Who Will Sound the Call to Service?

"If we are to survive as a nation with our values intact, then we must find leaders willing to make the call. Leaders who will ...

JUN 20, 2007 Podcast

Shades of Gray: Military Commissions and the Rule of Law

We don't need new laws, says Altenburg. We need to comply with those we already have, and to educate the public about the definition of ...

JAN 24, 2007 Podcast

General Sir Rupert Smith Interviewed by Jeffrey McCausland

"War no longer exists," says General Smith. "Confrontation, conflicts, and combat certainly do." He discusses the difference between these terms--too often used interchangeably--and the challenges ...

DEC 5, 2006 Podcast

Joseph Cirincione Interviewed by Jeffrey McCausland

Joseph Cirincione discusses the tricky mix of force, sanctions, threats, incentives, and diplomacy required to deal with the growing nuclear threats from Iran and North ...