Recanati-Kaplan Chair and Director of the General David H. Petraeus Center for Emerging Leaders
Institute for the Study of War
Brian Babcock-Lumish is the Recanati-Kaplan Chair and director of the General David H.
Petraeus Center for Emerging Leaders at the Institute for the Study of War. Prior to
joining the Institute, he served as a U.S. Army military intelligence officer, retiring after
24 years in uniform.
Dr. Babcock-Lumish twice deployed as a part of Multi-National Force-Iraq, first leading a
team training Iraqi intelligence collectors, and later serving for a year as a strategic intelligence
analyst and General Petraeus’ daily intelligence briefer during “The Surge” in
2007. During his assignment at U.S. Army Pacific, he served as General Vincent Brooks’
analysis chief, leading 200 analysts watching the 36 countries of the Indo-Pacific, and
as a strategic planner in General Robert Brown’s commander’s action group.
Dr. Babcock-Lumish served two tours teaching international relations in the Department
of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point where he also led
the Academy’s graduate scholarship program. Throughout his career, he served in various
command and staff positions, including a company of command training intelligence analysts
at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and as the battalion executive officer of the 205th
Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
Formerly an enlisted Russian linguist, Dr. Babcock-Lumish double majored in
International & Strategic History and International Politics and received his commission
from West Point. Upon graduation, he earned a Masters of Philosophy in Russian and
East European Studies at Oxford University as a U.S. Marshall Scholar. Prior to his first
tour on faculty at West Point, he completed his PhD in War Studies at King’s College
London as a Harry S. Truman Scholar.