Howard Gambrill Clark Ph.D

PRINT | E-MAIL

Dr. Howard Gambrill Clark, Ph.D. has specialized in influence strategies and psychological warfare for over 22 years.

                                           

He graduated from Yale University with a degree in international relations focusing on the Near East, South Asia, and North Africa. While a student, Dr. Clark was a writer for U.S. Information Agency's Near East / South Asia Division; served on the staff of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee; and studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo via a Department of Defense grant.

 

After Yale, Dr. Clark served as policy analyst in the Executive Office of the President for the President’s Chief Economic Adviser, focusing on counterterrorism. Following the White House, Dr. Clark served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an intelligence officer and multi-national / special-unit commander with multiple deployments to Iraq as well as Afghanistan and the Philippines.

 

After military service, Dr. Clark was presidentially appointed as Department of Homeland Security Chief Intelligence Officer's Special Assistant. Then, as Senior Intelligence Analyst for Homeland Security Counter-Radicalization, Dr. Clark helped lead the Intelligence Community in intelligence support to countering violent extremism. He was then promoted to Senior Intelligence Officer for Homeland Security Operations Intelligence (headquarters) before acting as consultant (contracted Senior Intelligence Analyst) to Special Operations Command's Counter-Radicalization Branch.

 

While earning his Ph.D. from King's College London War Studies, he served as senior stabilization and counter-violent-extremism adviser and educator for USAID, USSOCOM, USDA, DOS, Special Forces, USMC, NATO, and partner governments in Southwest Asia and the homeland and Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.

 

Recent positions include:

 

- President, Narrative Strategies (think tank) -- teaches and researches the fields of strategic influence and psychological warfare.

 

- CEO, Stability Institute (non-profit) -- trained and advised special operators and stabilization professionals on influence strategies and collapsing violent extremist groups on five continents.

 

- Faculty, National Defense College, UAE (consultant to DOD program run by NDU and U.S. Embassy in UAE) – director and coordinator for "Countering-Violent-Extremism," "Information and Cyberwarfare," "Media and National Security," and "International Security" programs.

 

Select Books / Theses

  • Influence Warfare Volume I: A Blueprint, Washington, DC, 2020, submitted.
  • Influence Warfare Volume II: At the Extremes, Washington, DC, 2020, submitted.
  • Information Warfare: The Lost Tradecraft, Narrative Strategies, LLC, Washington, DC, 2017.
  • Information as an Instrument of State Power: A Primer, UAE National Defense College, UAE General Headquarters, 2017.
  • Countering Violent Extremism: A Primer, UAE National Defense College, UAE General Headquarters, 2017.
  • Defeating Violent Extremists: The Tradecraft, UAE National Defense College, UAE General Headquarters, 2016.
  • Village Stability Operations, U.S. Army Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute, 2015 (coauthor).
  • Lions of Marjah: Why Marjah’s Militia Combats Violent Extremists, King’s College London thesis, 2014.
  • Revolt Against Al-Qa`ida: A Strategy to Empower Muslims and Collapse International Insurgency, Light of New Orleans Publishing, New Orleans, 2010.
  • Narrative Analyses: Taliban, AQAP, Special Operations Command, Tampa, 2010 (coauthor).
  • Kill Al Qaeda, Light of New Orleans Publishing, New Orleans, 2009.

 

Select Articles / Primers

  • “Influence Framework Primer,” Cyber Studies Department, College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University, Washington, DC, March 2020.
  • “How to Teach Influence: Thoughts on a New Scholarly Discipline,” Inaugural Symposium on Educating Leaders for a Competitive Information Environment: Closing the Gap between Theory and Practice in Professional Military Education, essay contribution, National War College, National Defense University, 2020, submitted.
  • “Influence Tradecraft Primer,” Cyber Studies Department, College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University, Washington, DC, February 2020.
  • “Influence Actors, Activities, and Strategies Primer,” Cyber Studies Department College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University, Washington, DC, October 2019.
  • “Influence Myths Primer,” Cyber Studies Department, College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University, Washington, DC, May 2019.
  • “Defining Influence,” Narrative Strategies Journal, Washington, DC, January 2019.
  • “Is Cybersecurity Possible? Yes, Go Back to Basics,” Narrative Strategies Journal, Washington, DC, November 2018.
  • “Revolt Against Islamic State,” Narrative Strategies Journal, Washington, DC, November 2018.
  • “Fourth Act in Narrative Construction,” Narrative Strategies Journal, Washington, DC, November 2018.
  • “Where Violent Extremists Go Next,” Narrative Strategies Journal, Washington, DC, November 2018.
  •  “Money and Stabilization,” National Defense Journal, National Defense College, UAE, June 2017.
  • “The Responsibility to Protect in the Context of State-Sponsored Terror,” Defense and Intelligence Norway, July 2016 (coauthor).
  • “Go Local,” American Interest, July / August 2015.
  • “Regimental Effects Operations Center: Enhancing Situational Awareness and Achieving Unity of Effort in Nonkinetics,” The Marine Corps Gazette, Volume 96, Issue 8, 2012 (coauthor).
  • “Ending Al Qaeda,” American Interest, July / August 2011 (coauthor).
  • “The Accidental Ideologue,” Jane's Terrorism and Security Monitor, 2010.
  • Homeland Security assessments (68) on countering violent extremism for operators, Cabinet, and White House, 2007 – 2009. 
  • Three National Economic Council damage assessments for potential terrorist attacks, 2001.
  • Six articles on Middle East leadership and Iraqi resistance for U.S. Information Agency, 1999.