Mariano, Dr. Stephen J. (COL USA - Ret)

Associate Dean Research and Outreach


Stephen J. Mariano joined the NWC faculty in 2014 from the Secretary of the Army’s Office where he was the Director of the Strategies and Initiatives Group. He was an inaugural member of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group and the first G5/ Director of Strategic Plans, Policies and Assessments for U.S. Army Southern European Task Force/U.S. Army Africa. His deployed experience includes service as the Deputy J5/Director  of  Strategy, Plans and Assessments at the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq and in Afghanistan, as the Military Advisor to NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative. He also served as a strategic plans and policy officer on the International Military Staff at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels and at the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. He taught military strategy and comparative military systems at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York as well as politics and U.S. foreign policy at the Royal Military College of Canada. He was formerly the U.S. Army War College Fellow at Queen’s University’s Center for International Relations  and the

U.S. Army’s Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. His education includes a B.A. in Mathematics/Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A. in Strategic Planning, International Organizations & Negotiations from the Naval Postgraduate School and Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.


FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE: strategic plans and policy; civil-military relations; international relations; innovation


REGIONAL EXPERTISE: Areas of interest include Europe and Africa