Christopher Dougherty

Christopher Dougherty

Research Fellow

Areas of Expertise

Special Operations, Irregular Warfare, Future Military Capabilities, Operational Concept Development and Wargaming


Christopher Dougherty researches, writes and conducts wargames in support of the Strategic Studies program at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He has contributed extensively to CSBA monographs, including: Sustaining America’s Strategic Advantage in Long-Range Strike; AirSea Battle: A Point of Departure Operational Concept; The U.S. Navy: Charting a Course for Tomorrow’s Fleet; Why AirSea Battle? and Special Operations Forces: Future Challenges and Opportunities. He has supported numerous CSBA wargames with a particular focus on developing operational concepts and capabilities for countering anti-access/area-denial threats.

Mr. Dougherty graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Security Studies from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and received an M.A. in Strategic Studies with distinction from John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He also served as an airborne infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment from 1997 to 2000.

Author Bibliography for Christopher Dougherty

When the Short Snappy War Goes Long

September 21, 2014 • By Christopher DoughertyAnalysis

As we once again face the promise of a conflict with a limited mission and a strangely ill-defined Strategic and Operational design – what do we need to keep in mind not just…

The Most Terrifying Lesson of World War I: War Is Not Always “Short and Sharp”

September 5, 2014 • By Christopher DoughertyAnalysis

Why nations like China, the United States, Russia and others should look back to the Great War for perhaps the most important reason of all. The centenary of World War…

US Army Must Redefine Its Role

March 10, 2014 • By Christopher DoughertyAnalysis

In the bureaucratic battles being waged over the US defense budget, the Army is in retreat on all fronts. Its primary function — fighting and winning wars on land —…

Future of Special Operations Forces

June 23, 2013 • By Jim Thomas and Christopher DoughertyAnalysis

Few branches in the U.S. Military have been busier or more important operationally since 9/11 than U.S. Special Operations Forces who have been engaged in combat in Iraq, Afghanistan and…

Beyond the Ramparts: The Future of U.S. Special Operations Forces

May 10, 2013 • By Jim Thomas and Christopher Dougherty

Special Operations Forces emerged as one of the most cost-effective “weapons systems” in the U.S. military arsenal and a major source of strategic advantage for the nation.