Dennis M.


Dennis M. Gormley

Senior Lecturer
W. Posvar Hall
Curriculum vitae


  • MA, BA, History, University of Connecticut


Professor Gormley served for 10 years in the U.S. intelligence community, 20 years as a senior officer and board member of a consulting company focusing on international security, arms control, and weapons proliferation, and 10 years as a senior fellow with US and internationally prominent think tanks. In addition to his GSPIA teaching responsibilities, he serves on various advisory committees in Washington, D.C. dealing with nuclear arms control, the use of armed drones, and the consequences of their proliferation. Professor Gormley was recently asked to serve for three years as one of 21 commissioners—seven each from the US, Germany, and Russia—overseeing the work of the "Deep Cuts Commission," an international nongovernmental body charged with studying the challenges of achieving deep cuts in global nuclear arsenals. Professor Gormley has testified before Congress many times, and consulted for the RAND Corporation, Sandia National Laboratories, the Brookings Institution, and many others. He is a widely published author of books, journal articles, and op-eds on international security issues.

Teaching and Research Areas

Intelligence, military strategy, missile proliferation, missile defense, arms control and nonproliferation policy.

Select Publications and Funded Research

  • Article: The Offense/Defense Problem: How Missile Defense and Conventional Precision-Guided Weapons Can Complicate Further Deep Cuts in Nuclear Weapons (Hamburg, Germany: University of Hamburg, 2016), at http://deepcuts.org/images/PDF/DeepCuts_WP6_Gormley_UK.pdf.  
  • Article: U.S. Advanced Conventional Systems and Conventional Prompt Global Strike: Assessing the Risks, Benefits, and Arms Control Implications, Nonproliferation Review, vol. 22, no. 2 (June 2015). 
  • Book Translation: Missile Contagion: Cruise Missile Proliferation and the Threat to International Security (Beijing, China:  Publishing House of Electronics Industry, 2015).   
  • Article: A Potent Vector: Assessing Chinese Cruise Missile Developments, Joint Forces Quarterly, vol. 75, no. 4 (Fall 2014): 98-105, with Andrew S. Erickson and Jing-dong Yuan.
  • Book: A Low Visibility Force Multiplier: Assessing China’s Cruise Missile Ambitions (Washington, D.C.: NDU Press, 2014) with Andrew S. Erickson and Jing-dong Yuan.
  • Article: “China’s Cruise Missiles: Flying Fast Under the Public’s Radar,” The National Interest, May 12, 2014, with Andrew S. Erickson and Jing-dong Yuan. 
  • Article:  “Sixty Minutes to Strike: Assessing the Risks, Benefits, and Arms Control Implications of Conventional Prompt Global Strike,” Sicherheit und Frieden (Security and Peace), no. 1, 2014. 
  • Monograph: Cruise Missiles and NATO Missile Defense: Under the Radar? Proliferation Papers, no. 41, Spring 2012, Institute francais des relations internationales, Paris.
  • Chapter: “Missiles in the Middle East: Their Destabilizing Role,” with Colin Clarke and Jurgen Altmann, in Bernd W. Kubbig and Sven-Eric Fikenscher, eds., Arms Control and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • Chapter: “The Verification Challenge: Concepts, Requirements, and Technologies,” with Jurgen Scheffran, Bharath Gopalaswamy, Bernd W. Kubbig, Uzi Rubin, and Hart Spitzer, in Bernd W. Kubbig and Sven-Eric Fikenscher, eds., Arms Control and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • Chapter: “American Conventional Superiority: The Balancing Act,” in Catherine Kelleher and Judith Reppy, eds., Getting to Zero. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011.
  • Article: “Nuclear Disarmament and Russian Perceptions of US Conventional Superiority,” Security Challenges, vol. 6, no. 4 (Summer 2010): 83-101.
  • Article: “Winning on Ballistic Missiles but Losing on Cruise: The Missile Proliferation Battle,” Arms Control Today, vol. 39, no. 10 (December 2009): 22-29.
  • Monograph: The Path to Deep Nuclear Reductions: Dealing with American Conventional Superiority, Proliferation Papers, No. 29, Summer 2009, Institute francais des relations internationales, Paris.
  • Book: Missile Contagion: Cruise Missile Proliferation and the Threat to International Security. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2008 (Paperback edition published by Naval Institute Press, 2010).
  • Article: “Missile Contagion,” Survival, vol. 50 no. 4 (August-September 2008): 137-154.
  • Chapter: “Thwarting Missile Defense From Within the Missile Technology Control Regime,” in Davis Bobrow, ed., Hegemony Constrained: Evasion, Modification, and Resistance to American Foreign Policy, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008.
  • Article: “Silent Retreat: The Future of U.S. Nuclear Weapons,” Nonproliferation Review, vol. 14, no. 2 (July 2007): 183-206.
  • Chapter: "Globalization and WMD Proliferation Networks: The Case of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” in James A. Russell and James J. Wirtz, eds., Globalization and WMD Proliferation, New York: Routledge, 2007.
  • Article: “Securing Nuclear Obsolescence,” Survival, vol. 48, no. 3 (Autumn 2006): 127-148.
  • Chapter: "Controlling Unmanned Air Vehicles: New Challenges,” with Richard Speier, in Henry Sokolski, ed., Taming the Next Generation of Strategic Weapons Threats, Carlisle, PA: U.S. Army War College, 2006.
  • Article: “Cruise Control,” The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 62, no. 2 (March/April 2006): 26-33.
  • Chapter: "Conventional Force Integration in Global Strike," in James J. Wirtz and Jeffrey Larsen, Nuclear Transformation: The New U.S. Nuclear Doctrine, New York: Palgrave, 2005.
  • Article: “The Limits of Intelligence: Iraq’s Lessons,” Survival, vol. 46, no. 3 (Autumn 2004): 7-28.
  • Article: “Missile Defense Myopia: Lessons from the Iraq War,” Survival, vol. 45, no. 4 (Winter 2003-04): 61-86.
  • Chapter: "UAVs and Cruise Missiles as Possible Terror Weapons," in Clay Moltz, ed., Missile Proliferation, Missile Defenses, Monterey, CA: CNS Occasional Paper #12, 2003.
  • Chapter: "New Developments in Unmanned Air Vehicles and Land-Attack Cruise Missiles," SIPRI Yearbook 2003, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Article: “Controlling Unmanned Air Vehicles: New Challenges,” Nonproliferation Review, vol. 10, no. 2 (Summer 2003): 66-79.
  • Article: “Enriching Expectations: 11 September’s Lessons for Missile Defense,” Survival, vol. 44, no.2 (Summer 2002): 21-29.
  • Article: “The Neglected Dimension: Controlling Cruise Missile Proliferation,” Nonproliferation Review, vol. 9, no. 2 (Summer 2002): 21-29.
  • Chapter: “Implementing a Revolution in Military Affairs: The U.S. Quest for Military Reform,” in Lstvan Gyarmati and Theodor Winkler, eds., Post-Cold War Defense Reform, McLean, VA: Brassey’s, Inc., 2002.
  • Book: Dealing with the Threat of Cruise Missiles. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors

  • Member, Export Control Working Group, Stimson Center Commission on U.S. Drone Policy, 2013-2014.
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations Advisory Committee on Drones, 2012 and 2014.
  • Member, American Security Project Advisory Panel on Lethal Drones Policy, 2012
  • Recipient of GSPIA Annual Teaching Award, 2009.
  • Member, Advisory Panel Forum for Analysis 2010, sponsored by the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis, 2006-2008.
    BAE Systems, Member, Algonquin Round Table Advisory Panel on Intelligence Applications, 2006-2008.
  • Honored by the Ploughshares Fund for work on tightening international export control regulations governing access to cruise missiles and drones, 2006.
  • Member, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Exploitation Office Senior Advisory Panel, 2002-2004
  • Consultant, Rand Corporation, 2001-2003
  • Chairman, RED TEAM, DARPA Bio-terrorism Analytic Support Study, 2000-2001
  • Member, U.S., French, German, and U.K. Working Group on Coalition Military Operations, 1999-2000
  • Consultant, Sandia National Laboratories, 1998-2003 


  • Special Intelligence Topics
  • Intelligence Support to Policymaking: The Impact of 9/11
  • Analyzing Critical International Security Challenges
  • Capstone: State and Non-State Development of Mass Destruction Weapons: The Analytic Challenge

Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions

  • Senior Fellow, Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 2003-2010
  • Consulting Senior Fellow for Technology and Defense Policy, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, 2002-2003
  • President, The Blue Ridge Consulting Group, Inc., 1999-2003
  • Visiting Scholar, Geneva Center for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland, 1997-1999
  • Senior Vice President, Pacific-Sierra Research Corporation, 1979-1999
  • Research Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, 1984
  • Chief of Foreign Intelligence, U.S. Army Harry Diamond Laboratories, 1972-1979



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