LTC Dan Maurer

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LTC Dan Maurer

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Lieutenant Colonel Dan Maurer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law at the U.S. Military Academy and is a former Fellow with West Point’s Modern War Institute. In addition to a combat tour as a platoon leader in Iraq (2003-04), he later served as a Judge Advocate trial counsel (prosecutor), Brigade Judge Advocate (general counsel, also in Iraq), government appellate counsel, Strategist Fellow for the Army Chief of Staff (the Strategic Studies Group, 2013-14 cohort), chief of military justice for Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and chief of operational law for the U.S. Army Africa – Southern European Task Force.  In that assignment, he led a team of judge advocates counseling a two-star headquarters on the law of armed conflict, rules of engagement, and fiscal law constraints on operational plans and personally trained partner nation military commanders and legal staffs in Rwanda, Ghana, and Morocco.  His scholarship and research interests orbit around civil-military relations theory, military justice, the use of force, and executive authority (especially war powers) as independent subjects and at their intersection in policy-making.  A list of his scholarly publications can be found here.

LTC Maurer holds an LL.M. in military law from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University, and a B.A. in political science from James Madison University, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate and selected as the overall top cadet in the school’s ROTC program in 2002, the first class to commission after the events of 9/11.  He commissioned originally as an Engineer officer, was later selected for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program, and has served as a Judge Advocate since 2008.


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