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David S. Maxwell
We are pleased to share with you that David S. Maxwell has been named ICAS
Fellow, effective immediately.
David S. Maxwell, Colonel US Army Special Forces, hails from Madison, Connecticut. He is
a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a BA in Political Science and
has Masters Degrees in Military Arts and Science from the US Army Command and General
Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies, and a Master Degree in
National Security Studies from the National War College, US National Defense University.
David received his commission from the Officer Candidate School in 1981. He is
currently the Chief of Staff, Special Operations Command Korea (SOCKOR).
David has served in various command and staff assignments in the Infantry in Germany and
Korea as well as in Special Forces at Ft Lewis, Washington, and in Korea and Okinawa,
Japan with total service in Asia of 18 years. He served on the United Nations Command
/ Combined Forces Command / United States Forces Korea CJ3 staff where he was a
planner for UNC/CFC OPLAN 5027-98 and ROK JCS -- UNC/CFC CONPLAN 5029 and later as
the Director of Plans, Policy, and Strategy (J5) for Special Operations Command
Korea (SOCKOR). From 2000 to 2002 David commanded 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces
Group (Airborne) in Okinawa, Japan during which his operational detachments participated
in numerous operations throughout Asia in Korea, Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh,
India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, including deployment
to Mindanao and Basilan Island for the initial execution of Operation Enduring Freedom
His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service
Medal (2 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), the Joint Service Achievement
Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary
Medal, the Korean Defense Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon (6), the Joint Meritorious
Unit Award, the Philippines Humanitarian Service Medal, the Expert Infantryman's
Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Korean, Philippines, Australian Parachute
Badges, and the Special Forces and Ranger Tabs.
David's publications include "Special Forces Missions: A Return to the Roots for a Vision of the Future"
US Army Command and General Staff College (Thesis, 1995), "Beyond the Nuclear Crisis: A Long Term
Strategy for the Korean Peninsula" (Thesis, National War College, U.S. National
Defense University, 2004; ICAS Lecture No. 2004-0519-DSM), "Support to United Nations
Operations: Is There a Role for US Special Operations Forces", School of Advanced
Military Studies (Monograph, 1995), "Catastrophic Collapse of North Korea: Implications
for the US Military", School of Advanced Military Studies (Monograph, 1996), "Is
the Axis of Evil Synchronizing its Asymmetric Offensive?" PFO #02-25A,The Nautilus
Institute Policy Form Online (December 20, 2002), "Operation Enduring Freedom -Philippines:
What Would Sun Tzu Say?" Military Review (May/Jun 2004) and "A Strategy for the
Korean Peninsula: Beyond the Nuclear Crisis" Military Review, (Sep/Oct 2004).
David resides in Seoul, Korea with his wife, Kim Kong Su and their daughter, Elizabeth.
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President