Bryan C. Price, Ph.D.


Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Price is the Director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy. He currently teaches SS466 Combating Terrorism and SS465 Terrorism and Counterterrorism. He has also taught International Relations and served as the Course Director for the National Security Seminar.  Price earned his B.S. in U.S. History from the United States Military Academy in 1998 and was commissioned as an Aviation officer. He is a graduate of the AH-64D Apache Longbow and AH-64A Apache Qualification Courses, Combined Arms Staff and Services School, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, Basic Strategic Arts Program, and Command and General Staff School. He received an M.A. in International Relations from St. Mary’s University in 2002 before earning M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from Stanford University in 2009. Major Price’s dissertation examined the effectiveness of leadership decapitation against terrorist groups. He served as a teacher assistant (TA) at Stanford University for two years before teaching at West Point, including one year as the head TA for former Secretary of Defense William Perry. His undergraduate thesis won the Omar N. Bradley Award for Excellence in Historical Research and Writing in the Department of History at USMA. His latest publication is in International Security on leadership decapitation and its effectiveness as a counterterrorism tactic. In 2009, LTC Price served on the Secretary of Defense’s independent review of the Fort Hood shootings and worked under the report’s co-chairs, former Secretary of the Army Togo West and former Chief of Naval Operations ADM(R) Vern Clark. Major Price served 32 months as a troop commander in 2-6 CAV, which included a deployment to Afghanistan, and he recently returned from Iraq where he served with the 1st Cavalry Division during Operation New Dawn.  LTC Price has earned the Combat Action Badge, Aviator Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. In addition, he has earned two Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service Medals, and two Air Medals, among other awards.





Ph.D., Stanford University, 2009, Political Science

Dissertation entitled "Removing the Devil You Know: Unraveling the Puzzle Behind Leadership Decapitation and Terrorist Group Duration" under Martha Crenshaw and Scott Sagan

M.A., Stanford University, 2009, Political Science

Thesis entitled "Duty, Honor, …Party? Understanding the Decline of Military Veterans Serving in Congress and Use-of-Force Voting, 1973-2007” under Scott Sagan and Kenneth Schultz

M.A., St. Mary’s University, 2002, International Relations (Distinguished Graduate)

B.S., United States Military Academy, 1998, U.S. History

Thesis entitled “More Than a Game: Baseball Diplomacy in World War II and the Cold War, 1941-1958” under LTC Gary Tocchet


Bryan C. Price, "A View From the CTC Foxhole: Interview with Major General Wayne R. Grigsby,"
CTC Sentinel, January 2015.

Bryan C. Price, Daniel Milton, Muhammad al-'Ubaydi, "The Group That Calls Itself a State: Understanding the Evolution and Challenges of the Islamic State," Combating Terrorism Center, West Point, NY, December 2014.

Bryan C. Price and Jeanne Godfroy, “America’s Wars: Thinking Beyond Terrorism and Insurgency,” in Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Traditional Challenges to US Foreign Policy, eds. Hugh Liebert, John Griswold, and Isaiah Wilson III. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 2014.

Bryan C. Price, Dan Milton, and Muhammad al-‘Ubaydi, “Al-Baghdadi’s Blitzkrieg, ISIL’s Psychological Warfare, and What It Means for Syria and Iraq,” CTC Perspectives, June 2014.

Bryan C. Price, "Syria: A Wicked Problem For All." CTC Sentinel, Vol. 6, No. 8 (August 2013), pp. 1-4.

Bryan C. Price, "Leadership Decapitation and the End of Terrorist Groups." Policy Brief, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, May 2012.

Bryan C. Price, “Targeting Top Terrorists: How Decapitation Contributes to Counterterrorism,” International Security, Vol. 36, No. 4 (Spring 2012), pp. 9-46.

Bryan C. Price, “More Than a Game: Baseball Diplomacy in World War II and the Cold War, 1941-1958,” in The Politics of Baseball: Essays on the Pastime and Power at Home and Abroad, ed. Ron Briley. New York: MacFarland, 2010.

Department of Defense Independent Review Panel Relating to Fort Hood, “Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood,” Washington, D.C., January 15, 2010. (Executive Writing Committee)

Working Papers

“Duty, Honor, …Party? Why Military Experience Doesn’t Matter in Congressional Use-of-Force Voting,” currently under review.

“The Other Epidemiological Approach to Counter-Terrorism: What U.S. Counterterrorism Policymakers Can Learn from Cancer Research”

“When Leaderless is Meaningless: An Organizational Typology on Leadership Decapitation”

“It’s the Student, Stupid! Testing Lowman’s Sources of Influence on College Student Learning”

Academic Presentations and Workshops

"When Leadership is Meaningless (and When It Matters Most): An Organizational Typology of Leadership Decapitation and its Effectiveness," American Politics Association Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., August 28, 2014

"Designated Haters: Understanding the Effectiveness of FTO Designations," International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, March 26, 2014.
“Leadership Decapitation and Terrorist Group Mortality,” Panel presentation, 13th World Summit on Counterterrorism, September 10, 2013, Herzliya, Israel.

“Removing the Devil You Know: An Empirical Analysis of Leadership Decapitation and Terrorist Group Duration,” International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, February 17, 2010.

“An Empirical Analysis of Leadership Decapitation,” Faculty Colloquium, Department of Social Sciences, West Point, NY, November 17, 2009.

Trends in Transnational Terrorism: Targets and Tactics, sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 23 September 2009, Reston, VA.

Guest Lectures/Speaking Engagements   

"The Value of Open-Source Research," U.S. Army's Worldwide Anti-Terrorism Summit, Orlando, FL, February 4, 2015.

"The Terrorist Landscape in the Early 21st Century," Bank of New York - Mellon Annual Summit, New York City, March 3, 2015.

"Understanding the Islamic State," Union League Club, New York City, September 29, 2014.

"Drones and Targeted Killings," SS490B Intelligence and Foreign Policy, U.S. Military Academy, 2013-2014.

The Challenges of Counterterrorism: Trying to Cure an Incurable Disease,” Plenary Speaker, 13th World Summit on Counterterrorism, September 9, 2013, Herzliya, Israel. 

“The Value of Hard Work,” Keynote Speaker, Manasquan High School National Honor Society Induction, Manasquan, New Jersey, 2009.

“A Company Commander’s Experience in Afghanistan,” in International Security class comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students, Stanford University, 2008.

“Understanding the Military: What Every Undergraduate Needs to Know,” Stanford University, 2008.

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, U.S. Military Academy, 2009-2011, 2012-present

Head Teacher Assistant, Stanford University, 2008

Teacher Assistant, Stanford University, 2007-2009

Master Teacher Program, 2009-2011

Courses as Head Teacher Assistant

National Security and Technology                              Stanford University, 2008

- Former SECDEF William Perry and Dr. Sig Hecker

Courses as Teacher Assistant

National Security and Technology                             Stanford University, 2007     

- Former SECDEF William Perry and Dr. Sig Hecker

International Security                                                 Stanford University, 2008 and 2009

- Scott Sagan and Martha Crenshaw

War and Peace in American Foreign Policy             Stanford University, 2008 and 2009

- Kenneth Schultz

Courses Taught

SS466 Combating Terrorism       U.S. Military Academy, 2014-present

SS464 Homeland Security/Homeland Defense       U.S. Military Academy, 2013

SS465 Terrorism and Counterterrorism       U.S. Military Academy, 2012-present

SS307 International Relations                              U.S. Military Academy, 2009-2010

SS483 National Security Seminar (Course Director) U.S. Military Academy, 2010

Courses Prepared to Teach

SS495 Organizations (new course)

Academic Awards 

Murdy Award for Teaching Excellence, 2009, Department of Social Sciences, USMA

General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Award for Excellence in Historical Research and

            Writing for Senior Thesis, 1998, Department of History, USMA


Cadet Development Experiences

Assistant Baseball Coach, USMA, 2010, 2013

Officer Representative, Army Baseball, USMA, 2009-2010

USMA Scholarship Program Deputy Director, 2009-2011

Author of SCUSA 62 roundtable paper on counterterrorism/counter-insurgency

Co-author of SCUSA 63 roundtable paper on intrastate conflict and terrorism

Cadet Mentor (PL300 and XH Program), 2009-2011

Thesis Chair/Thesis Reader

Cadet Basic Training Officer Cadre, S4, 2010


Professional Affiliations

Council on Foreign Relations – Term Member

International Studies Association

American Political Science Association

Phi Alpha Theta  

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