Col. T.X. Hammes (USMC, Retired)

“Defense in Times of Austerity”

In his thirty years in the Marine Corps, T. X. Hammes served at all levels in the operating forces to include command of a rifle company, weapons company, intelligence company, infantry battalion and the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force. His staff billets include regimental and division intelligence officer; regimental logistics officer; division G-3 operations officer; division G-3 training officer; division, fleet, and expeditionary force plans officer.

During his time in the operating forces, he participated in stabilization operations in Somalia and Iraq as well as training insurgents in various places. Hammes graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, The Basic School, US Army Infantry Officers Advanced Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Canadian National Defence College. He also spent one year on a Research Fellowship with the Mershon Center for Strategic Studies. He has a Masters of Historical Research and Doctor of Philosophy in Modern History from Oxford University and has lectured widely at U.S. and International Staff and War Colleges.

Hammes is the author of "The Sling and the Stone: On War in the Twenty-First Century" and over 80 articles and opinion pieces. He has been a featured speaker on future conflict and homeland security at conferences in the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Singapore, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Estonia, Switzerland and Austria.