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Areas of Expertise: Defense Policy; Stabilization & Reconstruction
Mr. Dale R. Erickson is a Research Fellow assigned to the Center for Complex Operations (CCO) at the National Defense University in Washington DC. He originally joined the staff of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) in June 2006 and transitioned to the CCO upon its establishment in January 2009. His research at the CCO focuses on civilian-military interaction that contains elements of stability, security, transition and reconstruction, and/or irregular warfare during overseas operations.
In collaboration with the CCO team, he collects and assesses observations, insights and lessons that arise from mixed government and nongovernment civilian – military activities. In conjunction with his research, he assists with coordination and implementation of a multi-organization partnership effort that provides a venue for information sharing and interaction amongst the civilian and military communities of practice and interest associated with complex operations and irregular warfare.
His prior military experience as a US Army Officer included planning and operational duties in post-conflict and stability operations. He served as a Civ-Mil Plans Officer within the J5 Directorate of USCENTCOM and in the Kuwait/Iraq theater of operations, where he provided civil military operations staff support to the Combined Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC); the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA); Combined Joint Task Force – 7 (CJTF-7); and the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). Other overseas military experience included service in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt: Istanbul, Turkey; Kuwait; Haiti; Kazakhstanand the Kyrgyz Republic.
Erickson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and holds a Master’s degree in Peace Operations Policy awarded by the George Mason University.