Spencer D. Bakich

Associate Professor of Political Science

Virginia Military Institute

Spencer Bakich is an associate professor of political science and the Director of the National Security Program at the Virginia Military Institute. Specializing in strategic studies and American foreign policy, he teaches courses in grand strategy, U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and strategy and cybersecurity. Bakich is the author of Success and Failure in Limited War: Information and Strategy in the Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and Iraq Wars (Chicago, 2014), as well as book chapters, articles, and essays on wartime diplomacy and strategy, civil-military relations, maritime strategy and doctrine, and cybersecurity. He has participated in governmental and professional workshops and projects, the sponsors of which include the National Intelligence Council (where he briefed intelligence officers on the relationship between intelligence, information flows, and policy), the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, the Project on Civilian-Military Educational Cooperation, and the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum. He participates in the Commonwealth Cyber Fusion initiative, sponsored by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), which aims to strengthen cybersecurity education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Bakich is a contributor to the Presidential Oral History Project at the University of Virginia's Miller Center for Public Affairs where has interviewed numerous senior policymakers, military officers, and Foreign Service officers who served in the George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations. He received a B.A. in international affairs and economics from James Madison University (magna cum laude) and an M.A. and Ph.D in politics at the University of Virginia.

Dept. of International Studies & Political Science | Virginia Military Institute