Major Brandon J. Archuleta, Ph.D. is an active duty U.S. Army officer and Clements Center National Security Fellow. He is currently assigned to the Pentagon as a Strategic Planner in the Army War Plans Division. Most recently, he served as an Assistant Professor of American Politics in the Department of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
President of his West Point class, Brandon commissioned as a field artillery officer in 2006. He 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 research interests include American grand strategy, national security, foreign affairs, and defense policy. Adapted from his doctoral dissertation, Brandon is currently preparing a manuscript titled, Twenty Years of Service: The Politics of Military Pension Policy and the Long Road to Reform.
Brandon’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Iraq and Afghan Campaign Medals, 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 a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Advisor-at-Large to the West Point Association of Graduates Board of Directors. Brandon and his wife, Tiffany, live in Arlington, VA with their dog and twin sons.