Mr. George Kuk joined the faculty of the National War College as the Defense Intelligence Agency Chair in June 2017. Mr. Kuk previously served as the Defense Intelligence Officer (DIO) for Europe and NATO, DIA’s senior substantive authority on the region. Mr. Kuk became a member of DIA’s senior service in August 2008. His previous senior level assignments include a Joint Duty Assignment with the National Counterterrorism Center as the Coordinator for Counterterrorism (CT) Campaigns, responsible for integrating analytical and collection efforts against priority CT targets; Senior Defense Intelligence Expert for Combating Terrorism, DIA’s senior substantive authority on all combating terrorism issues; and multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq as the DIA Senior Command Representative to the Counterterrorism Task Force. Mr. Kuk grew up in Europe and Chicago, Illinois and is a career Intelligence, European Foreign Area, and Special Operations Officer with over 40 years of military and civilian experience. He is a recognized subject matter expert in CT and European affairs; a professional-level linguist in Polish and German; and a Director of National Intelligence certified Intelligence Community Officer. Mr. Kuk’s education includes a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University, as well as being a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Special Forces Qualification and Ranger Courses and the Command and General Staff College. His awards include the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Civilian Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Defense Intelligence Director’s Award.
FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE: National Security Policy Development; Counterterrorism Intelligence Analysis & Collection Operations
REGIONAL EXPERTISE: Europe & NATO; Eurasia