Institute for Corean-American Studies

Bruce E. Bechtol Jr.

Bruce E. Bechtol Jr. (Ph.D. Union Institute), ICAS Fellow, is a Professor of International Relations at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (2005 - present), and is a former Assistant Professor of National Security Studies at the Air Command and Staff College (2003-2005). Dr. Bechtol was an adjunct Visiting Professor at the Korea University Graduate School of International Studies (2006-2007) and is also an adjunct Professor of Diplomacy at Norwich University. He received his B.S. from Excelsior College (Liberal Studies), and his M.A. from Catholic University (International Affairs).

Dr. Bechtol was an Intelligence Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1997 until 2003. He eventually served as the Senior Analyst for Northeast Asia in the Intelligence Directorate (J2) on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. Before beginning his career at the Defense Intelligence Agency, he was on active duty for 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving at various locations in the western Pacific and East Asia. He has written widely on Korean security issues, contributing articles to such journals as the International Journal of Korean Studies, Pacific Focus, the Korea Observer, East Asian Review, the Air and Space Power Journal, the International Journal of Korean Unification Studies, Korean Quarterly, andOccasional Papers: The Journal of the Korea American Historical Society. Formerly the Editor of the Defense Intelligence Journal (2004-2005), he currently sits on the Editorial Review Board of the East Asian Review. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the International Council on Korean Studies, Dr. Bechtol sits on the Board of Directors of the Council on U.S.-Korean Security Studies.

Dr. Bechtol is the author of Red Rogue: The Persistent Challenge of North Korea (Potomac Books, 2007), and the editor of The Quest for a Unified Korea: Strategies for the Cultural and Interagency Process, (Quantico, VA: Marine Corps University Foundation, 2007). In addition, he is a contributing author to several books to include, Understanding New Political Realities in Seoul: Working toward a Common Approach to Strengthen U.S.-Korean Relations, eds. L. Gordon Flake and Park Ryo-byug (Washington DC: Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, 2008), The United States and the Korean Peninsula in the 21st Century, eds. Seung-Ho Joo and Tae-Hwan Kwak (Hampshire, England: Ashgate, 2006), Between Total Wars and Small Wars: Studies in the Societal History of the Cold War (in German), ed. Bernd Greiner (Hamburg, Germany: Hamburg Institute for Social Research, 2006), and Divided Korea: Longing for Reunification, ed. Ho Youn Kwon (Chicago, Ill: North Park University Press, 2004).

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The North Korean Military Threat: Paper Tiger or Ongoing Menace?
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