Mark Stout, Program Director, Sr. Lecturer

Mark Stout, Ph.D., is the Program Director of the MA in Global Security Studies. He has previously worked for thirteen years as an intelligence analyst, first with the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and later with the CIA. He has also worked on the Army Staff in the Pentagon and at the Institute for Defense Analyses. From 2010 to 2013 he was also the Historian at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. He has degrees from Stanford and Harvard Universities and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Stout has appeared widely in American and British media. For several years he was a Senior Editor at War on the Rocks and he was the founding President of the North American Society for Intelligence History from 2016-2019. He is a series co-editor of Georgetown University Press’ Studies in Intelligence History series. Dr. Stout himself is the co-author or co-editor of several books and has published articles in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Intelligence and National Security, and Studies in Intelligence.  He has a book on American intelligence in World War I under contract to the University Press of Kansas.

His research interests include American intelligence history and military thought.

Selected publications:

Mark Stout Image of The Enemy

“American Intelligence Assessments of the Jihadists, 1989-2011,” in The Image of the Enemy: Intelligence Analysis of Adversaries since 1945 (2015).

Mark Stout Assessing War
“Monitoring from Afar: How Al-Qaeda Assesses Its Progress,” in Assessing War: The Challenge of Measuring Success and Failure (2015).

Mark Stout First to the Rhine

First to the Rhine: The 6th Army Group in World War II (2007).

Mark Stout Terrorist Perspectives Project

The Terrorist Perspectives Project: Strategic and Operational Views of Al Qaeda and Associated Movements (2008).

Mark Stout The Saddam Tapes

The Saddam Tapes: The Inner Workings of a Tyrant’s Regime (2011).

Mark Stout Spy Chiefs

Spy Chiefs Volume 1: Intelligence Leaders in the United States and United Kingdom (2018).

Dr. Stout can be reached at

Dr. Mark Stout