November 14, 2008
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Colonel David W. Lamm, a native of Hamburg, New York, is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo and was commissioned in 1977. He now serves as the first Chief of Staff for the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. Colonel Lamm served as the Joint Staff’s Chief of Plans and Operations, Operations Directorate (Information Operations) from 1997-1999. He was the Commander, U.S. Army Central Command, Kuwait (2000-2002) and then the Chief of Staff, Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan (2004-2005). From 2006-2007 he served consecutively as the Director for Afghanistan (Office of the Secretary of Defense) and as the Interagency Coordinator for the Defense Policy Analysis Office (Office of the Secretary of Defense). On the academic side, Colonel Lamm served as an Assistant Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. During 2003, he served as Professor of Strategy at the National War College (National Defense University). His analytical works include: Manning the Machine, a critical examination of the Army’s individual replacement system, conducted for the Chief of Staff of the Army in 2001; The Post-Cold War Army, an analysis conducted for the Chief of Staff of the Army, later published in Military Review, (1991); The War of 1812, an annotated bibliography for the Book of Days. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (3 awards), the Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Bronze Star Medal (2 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (2 Awards), and the Army Commendation Medal. He is authorized to wear the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Joint Staff Badge.