Carnegie Mellon University

Steve Curtis

Steve Curtis

Army War College Fellow, Institute for Politics and Strategy

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Lieutenant Colonel Steve Curtis, US Army, is a leader with more than eighteen years of experience in intelligence, strategy, and national defense. He has served at the tactical to strategic level, including combat, overseas, Capitol Hill, and in the Pentagon. 

From June 2019 to June 2021, Curtis commanded a forward-deployed Military Intelligence Battalion providing multi-domain intelligence to US Army Europe and Africa, national intelligence agencies, and regionally aligned forces. He trained and maintained responsive MI forces delivering ready and tailored intelligence capability across three continents and more than sixteen countries.

In 2016 and 2017, Curtis served as a Legislative Assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He facilitated communication and interaction between Congress, the White House, and the Joint Staff to address Department of Defense equities. He also prepared witnesses for testimony, written correspondence, legislative proposals, and engagement plans. Prior to this role, Curtis worked as the Defense Fellow for the office Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), facilitating veterans, defense, and foreign policy issues.

As a Brigade Intelligence Officer with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team from 2009-2011, Curtis served as the primary intelligence officer responsible for the Wardak, Logar, and Konar provinces in Afghanistan. He oversaw intelligence support to five major operations, more than fifty raids, more than 100 humanitarian missions, and a recovery operation.

Steve earned his Master of Professional Studies at George Washington University in May 2015 and his Master's in Strategic Intelligence from American Public University in November 2009. He graduated the United States Military Academy in 2003 with Bachelor's degrees in Chinese and Russian. 

Steve has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.


Russian Perspective and Operational Framework. Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin, Vol 46, Oct-Dec 20, 43-52.