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null James Wirtz, Ph.D.

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(831) 656-7981
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Glasgow Hall, Room 308


Expertise: International Relations Theory, Intelligence, Deterrence, Strategy, Security Studies


Professor Wirtz is the author of Understanding Intelligence Failure: Warning Response and Deterrence (Routledge, 2017) and The Tet Offensive: Intelligence Failure in War (Cornell University Press, 1991, 1994); co-editor with T.V. Paul and Richard Harknett of The Absolute Weapon Revisited: Nuclear Arms and the Emerging International Order (Michigan University Press, 1998, 2000); co-editor with Peter Lavoy and Scott Sagan of Planning the Unthinkable: New Powers and their Doctrines for Using Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Weapons (Cornell University Press, 2000); co-editor with Jeffrey Larsen of Rockets’ Red Glare: National Missile Defense and the Future of World Politics (Westview, 2001); co-editor with Roy Godson of Strategic Denial and Deception (Transaction, 2002); co-editor with Eliot Cohen, Colin Gray, John Baylis, and Jeannie Johnson of Strategy in the Contemporary World (Oxford, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2022); co-editor with Loch Johnson of Intelligence: Windows Into a Hidden World (Roxberry, 2004); co-editor with T.V. Paul and Michelle Fortmann of Balance of Power: Theory and Practice in the 21st Century (Stanford: 2004); co-editor with Eric Croddy of the Encyclopedia of Weapons of Mass Destruction (ABC-Clio, 2004); co-editor with Jeffrey A. Larsen of Nuclear Transformation: The New U.S. Nuclear Doctrine (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005); co-editor with Loch Johnson of Intelligence and National Security: The Secret World of Spies (Oxford 2007, 2010, 2014, 2019, 2023); co-editor with James Russell of Globalization and WMD Proliferation: Terrorism, Transnational Networks and International Security (Routledge, 2007); co-editor with Jeffrey Larsen of Stability from the Sea: Naval Roles in Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Operations (Routledge, 2009); co-editor with Jeffrey Larsen of Arms Control and Cooperative Security (Lynne Rienner, 2009), co-editor with T.V. Paul and Pat Morgan of Complex Deterrence (Chicago, 2009); co-editor with Peter Lavoy of Over the Horizon Proliferation Threats (Stanford, 2012); co-editor with Jeffrey Larsen and Eric Croddy of Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Essential Reference Guide (ABC-Clio, 2018); and co-editor with Jeffrey Larsen of U.S. Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (Georgetown University Press 2022).

His work on intelligence, deterrence, the Vietnam war, and military innovation and strategy has been published in Air Power Journal, Annual Review of Political Science, Astropolitics, Comparative Strategy, Contemporary Security Policy, Defence Studies, Defense & Security Analysis, Défense et Sécurité Internationale, Harvard International Review, Homeland Security Affairs, H-Diplo, IISS Strategic Survey, Infinity Journal, Intelligence and National Security, International Affairs, International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, International Security, International Studies Notes, International Studies Perspectives, Joint Forces Quarterly, Marine Forum, Military Strategy Magazine, National Security Studies Quarterly, Orbis, Osterreichische Militarische Zeitscchrift, Political Science Quarterly, Real Clear Defense, RUSI Journal, SAIS Review, Security Studies, Strategic Review, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Strategic Survey, Studies in Intelligence, Survival, Terrorism and Political Violence, Texas National Security Review, The Journal of Strategic Studies, The Nonproliferation Review, The Naval War College Review, The Strategist, and The U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Washington Quarterly.