John P. Cogbill

John P. Cogbill

Senior Military Fellow

Encina Hall

616 Serra Street, E210

Stanford CA 94305-6165

(650) 724-5694 (voice)

Research Interests

How can the Army modify institutional practices to encourage innovation? What areas of applied research or emerging technologies would allow the Army and Joint Force to achieve and maintain a competitive advantage on the battlefield and in the operational environment while leveraging research done by industry, academia, and other government agencies? What are the implications for the Army’s modernization program of the 3rd offset and how does the Army fit into this initiative?


LTC John Cogbill was commissioned as an Infantry officer from the United States Military Academy in 1994 and has held a variety of positions in both conventional and special operations units. John’s first assignment was as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division. John then served two years in the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as a Platoon Leader and Civil-Military Affairs Officer. Next, John served three years in Alaska where he served as an Airborne Rifle Company Commander and the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General. After earning his MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, John taught Economics in the Social Sciences Department at West Point. Following the Command and General Staff College, he spent two years as a Combined Arms Battalion Executive Officer in the 1st Cavalry Division. He then served as the Strategic Plans and Requirements Officer for the 75th Ranger Regiment. Most recently, John commanded the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Squadron for the U.S. Army Third Corps. John has deployed on three combat and two peacekeeping missions, including two tours in Iraq, one tour in Afghanistan, one tour in Haiti, and a recent tour in Kosovo.