John Mark Mattox

Director, CWMD Graduate Fellowship Program and Senior Fellow

Areas of Expertise: Deterrence, Nuclear Policy, Missile Defense; Ethics & Leadership


Dr. John Mark Mattox is the Director of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Graduate Fellowship Program and a Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction. He is the former Dean of the Defense Threat Reduction University and Commandant of the Defense Nuclear Weapons School. He served on three continents as a field artillery officer and is a veteran of the First Gulf War. He served as Chief of Nuclear Policy and Surety for the United States European Command and as the U.S. Army’s nuclear policy officer at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Belgium.  He was also the General Hugh Shelton Chair in Ethics at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College—the first person to be so honored in the College’s 131-year history.


He holds degrees from Brigham Young University (B.A. with honors in theoretical linguistics); the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (Master of Military Arts and Science); the U.S. Army War College (Master of Strategic Studies); and Indiana University (M.A., Ph.D. in philosophy and semiotic studies). He has served on the faculty of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Maryland, the U.S. Army Command and Staff College, and Missouri State University. He has published on a variety of subjects, to include nuclear policy, just war theory, professional military ethics, the ethics of weapons of mass destruction, military tactics, linguistics, and Shakespearean literature.  He is the author of St. Augustine and the Theory of Just War.