Dr. Colin S. Gray
Dr. Colin S. Gray
Dr. Colin S. Gray is a political scientist with broad interests in national security policy, strategic theory and military history. His work focuses on the theory and practice of strategy, the dialogue between policy and military force, and in the utilization of historical experience for the education of policymakers.
Dr. Gray was born in Oxfordshire, U.K. in 1943. He was educated at the King’s School, Rochester and at the University of Manchester (B.A. Econ. [Honours]), 1965, and at Lincoln College, Oxford University (D. Phil., International Politics, 1970). Dr Gray is a Professor of International Politics and Strategic Studies at the University of Reading, Reading, U.K., and is a Senior Associate to National Institute for Public Policy, Fairfax, VA. He is a Fellow at the Center for Technology and Strategy at the Air University, Maxwell AFB. Prior to that he held the Chair of International Politics at the University of Hull, Yorkshire, U.K.,
Dr. Gray has taught at the Universities of Lancaster (U.K.), York (Toronto, Canada) and British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). He served as Executive Secretary of the Strategic Studies Commission at the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (Toronto) and as Assistant Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). Dr Gray became Director of National Security Studies at the Hudson Institute (Croton-on-Hudson, New York) in 1976.
From 1982 until 1987 Dr Gray served on the President’s General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament. In April 1987 he was presented with the Superior Public Service Award by the U.S. Department of the Navy.
Dr. Gray is a member of the editorial boards of Orbis, Comparative Strategy, Journal of Strategic Studies, Stratègique, and Naval War College Review. He has served on advisory panels for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (SDI and space weapons), the Department of the Army (tactical nuclear weapons), the Department of the Air Force (innovations), and U.S. Space Command (future of space forces).