Curtis R Burns

Curtis R Burns

U.S. Army War College Fellow

Encina Hall

616 Serra Street, C246

Stanford, CA 94305

(650) 497-0455 (voice)

Research Interests

U.S. National Security Strategy and its implementation; Sources and drivers of Middle East instability; U.S. Middle East Policy and its impacts on regional stability and security; Iranian national security policy; Russia’s Middle East policy and strategy


Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Curtis Burns is an Army War College Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.  He was commissioned as an Infantry Officer, and now works in the Strategic Intelligence field, focusing primarily on the Middle East, and South and Central Asia. 

His most recent assignments include Intelligence Advisor to the Commander of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and Intelligence Advisor to the Commander of United States Forces – Iraq.  He has also held leadership positions in the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Middle East – Africa Regional Center. 

He has conducted multiple operational deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Additionally, he has provided intelligence support to operations in Afghanistan, and Iraq/Syria (Counter-Islamic State).  He has also travelled throughout the Middle East and South and Central Asia, as a member of the USCENTCOM Commander’s personal staff.  In this role, he advised the Commander on intelligence issues related to regional geo-politics and U.S.-regional military-to-military relations. 

He has a B.A in History from Davidson College, a M.A in History from the University of South Florida, and a M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence University.