Brandon Archuleta

Brandon J. Archuleta, Ph.D. is an active duty U.S. Army Strategist currently serving as Strategist to the Secretary of the Army.

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Most recently, he was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow for 2020-2021. In that capacity, he served as Strategic Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. His previous assignments include Strategic Planner in the Army War Plans Division at the Pentagon and Assistant Professor of American Politics in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Brandon is author of the book, Twenty Years of Service: The Politics of Military Pension Policy and the Long Road to Reform (University Press of Kansas, 2020).

Commissioned as a field artillery officer in 2006, Brandon served as a Platoon Leader and Battalion Fire Direction Officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2007-2008) and later as a Task Force Fire Support Officer and Company Commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan (2009-2010). His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Iraq and Afghan Campaign Medals, Armed Forces Service Medal, NATO Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Parachutist and Air Assault Badges. He is a graduate of the Army’s Field Artillery Basic Officer Leaders Course, Maneuver Captains Career Course, Command and General Staff School, and Basic Strategic Art Program at the U.S. Army War College.

Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in American Politics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Public Affairs in International Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. He is President of the West Point Class of 2006, a Clements Center National Security Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, and a former Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Brandon lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and twin sons.