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Dr. Whitney Grespin, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Institute for Future Conflict

Dr Whitney Grespin, PhD
Contact Information

(571) 252-9736


Dr. Whitney Grespin is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Future Conflict (IFC) in tandem with the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and the Department of Military and Strategic Studies at the United States Air Force Academy. She has worked in contingency contracting, educational programming, and international development on five continents.  She is the Lead Research Consultant for IGAD Security Sector Program’s counter-IED regional strategy coordination, and in 2020-21 was engaged by the UN Mine Action Service to conduct the c-IED capacity assessment of the Somali National Security Forces in Mogadishu.  Previously, she worked as an advisor to the Somali Ministry of Defense, before which she supported the U.S. Army War College’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) as a Peace Operations Analyst.  Her research interests focus on the U.S. use of contractors to train partner militaries/deliver security force assistance.

Whitney holds a BA from Duquesne University, a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, a professional certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University, a secondary education social studies teaching licensure from Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD from King’s College London’s Defence Studies Department at the UK Joint Services Command & Staff College. Whitney also recently completed a Visiting Scholar position with George Washington Elliott School's Institute for African Studies from 2020-21 and has been a Lecturer at the Elliott School as well as American University’s Department of Justice, Law & Criminology. She is an active member of the International Studies Association and the Army and Navy Club, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Washington DC, a prior Board Member of and flag carrier for the Society of Woman Geographers, a Researcher at the UK Centre for Military Ethics, and holds a Term Membership at the Council on Foreign Relations.

During her tenure at IFC, Whitney will conduct research on future conflict for presentation, publication, and dissemination across the community of practice and will support cadet capstone project work across DFBL and DFMI as well as contribute to departmental instruction.