Dr. Lester W. Grau is a Senior Analyst for the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has served the U.S. Army for 52 years, retiring as an infantry Lieutenant Colonel and continuing service through research and teaching in Army professional military education. His on-the-ground service over those decades spanned from the Vietnam War to Cold War assignments in Europe, Vietnam, Korea, and the Soviet Union to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. As one of the U.S. Army’s leading Russian military experts, he has conducted various assignments in Russia including collaborative research with the Russian General Staff’s Military History Institute and with other Russian military officials.He has also conducted collaborative research in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and with numerous organizations in Europe.
Dr. Grau is the author of 18 books and 250 articles and studies on tactical, operational and geopolitical subjects, translated into several languages. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Kansas. His advanced military education includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Air Force War College.