Kevin M. Woods, Adjunct Faculty
Kevin M. Woods, Ph.D. is a historian and the Deputy Director of the Joint Advanced Warfighting Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). Since 2003, he has led a research project designed to understand the former regime of Saddam Hussein through the analysis of captured regime records and interviews with former senior Iraqi officials. In addition to the Iraq work, he led or participated in studies of military innovation, joint experimentation, concept development, and the effectiveness of irregular warfare capabilities. Prior to joining IDA, Dr. Woods was an officer in the US Army and served for more than 21 years in a variety of global assignments ranging from attack helicopter units to the Joint Staff.
A graduate of Auburn University, he also holds a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom where his dissertation focused on institutional changes in the US Army during the early Cold War. Dr. Woods is the author or co-author of several books and studies on Iraq including:
The Iraqi Perspectives Report: Saddam’s Senior Leadership on Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006)
The Mother of all Battles: Saddam Hussein’s Strategic Plan for the Persian Gulf War (2008)
The Saddam Tapes: The Inner Workings of a Tyrant’s Regime 1978-2001 (2011)
The Iran-Iraq War: A Military and Strategic History (2014)
In addition, he has co-authored articles published in Foreign Affairs, Joint Forces Quarterly, Journal of Strategic Studies, and Intelligence and National Security. His research interests include strategy, military history, and military innovation and adaptation.