LTC Ronald Alcala


LTC Ronald Alcala

Senior Military Fellow | Lieber
Academy Professor of Law

Ronald Alcala is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. He is also an Academy Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Strategy and Initiatives at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. He further serves as Managing Editor of Articles of War.

Before joining the faculty, Lieutenant Colonel Alcala served as a Judge Advocate in a number of legal positions advising commanders on criminal law, international law, and administrative law issues. He was most recently assigned to the Office of the Judge Advocate General at Headquarters, Department of the Army. He is co-editor of The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Law of Armed Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2019) and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law's Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict. Lieutenant Colonel Alcala's other past assignments include Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Special Operations Command Europe; Chief, Rule of Law, Multinational Division Center, Baghdad, Iraq; and Trial Counsel, Task Force Spartan and 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Colonel Alcala earned a B.A. in History and Classics from Williams College and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. He also holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and an LL.M. in Military Law from the Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Va.

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