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Dr. Nora Bensahel

Dr. Nora Bensahel

Visiting Professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Contributing Editor "War on the Rocks"
Dr. Nora Bensahel is a Visiting Professor of Strategic Studies and Senior Fellow of the Merrill Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a Contributing Editor and Columnist for War on the Rocks.  She is a renowned expert on U.S. defense policy, military operations, and the future of warfare, and is the co-author of Adaptation Under Fire: How Militaries Change in Wartime.  She was previously a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at American University; a senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security; and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation.  Dr. Bensahel holds a Ph.D in Political Science from Stanford University, and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security. 

  • We are extremely excited USSOCOM selected GSOF to co-sponsor its newly envisioned “SOF Week” in 2023. SOF Week will be a national convention for U.S. SOF and include a more diverse slate of programs, to include professional development sessions, operator-driven discussions, and family-focused conversations. In 2020, GSOF was designated as a National Military Association by the U.S. Department of Defense, and we look forward to working with USSOCOM to make “SOF Week” an impactful event.
    Stuart Bradin
    President and CEO, GSOF


Co-sponsorship of this event does not imply endorsement of GSOF, its services, or products by the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or U.S. Special Operations Command.