US Naval War College
Dr. J. Holmes Armstead is a retired professor of Strategy and International law from the US Naval War College. He has taught international law, strategy and national security policy for over 40 years. Professor Armstead has served on faculties at Stanford University, Pepperdine University, the University of California.the University of Nevada, Southern University, the US Naval Postgraduate School, Lewis University, the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. He has also lectured at the British Joint Services Staff College and taught as a visiting professor at theUniversite d’Pau in France and as an exchange professor at Richmond College, the University of London. He has lectured at senior staff colleges in Poland, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, and Malawi and the United Kingdom.as well as the US Army War College, the United States Military Academy and the South African Military Academy. Jim has served as a research associate at the prestigious RAND Corp which sponsored his dissertation “Lightweight Power Projection in the Middle East” and served as Chief of Staff to Vice chair of the US House International Relations Committee. While working for the Department of Defense he participated in negotiations enlarging NATO with the accession of Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Montenegro, Albania, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Jim has assisted in drafting constitutional reforms in Montenegro, South Africa, Poland, the Congo, and Lithuania and has been Counsel to the American Bar Association Office of Human Rights.
As an Army officer earlier in his career he served in Armor, JAG, Civil Affairs, operations and IG positions and held various command and staff assignments at Battalion, Brigade, Division and Corps levels and served as a special staff assistant for legislative affairs to the Secretary of the Army. Dr, Armstead was named the Bahnson-Stanley Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Law and Ethics at the Virginia Military Institute(VMI) in 2008.
Dr Armstead received his undergraduate education at the University of Illinois in history and anthropology and was graduated in 1968; he received his J.D.in 1975 from De Paul University and returned to the University of Illinois where he servedd as a senior research assistant at the Energy Resources Center and undertook graduate studies in urban and regional planning, public policy, international relations and economics and was awarded a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from Pacific Western University In 1981, writing his dissertation at RAND. Additionally, he holds a advanced certificate in International Law from the Instituto Superiori Internationale Criminali Science in Siracusa Italy and is the recipient of 3 honorary doctorates. During his career he served as a Legal Expert in the United Nations Secretariat where he was the English language editor of the Treaty of Rome which created the International Criminal Court at the Hague and assisted in drafting the ASEAN Extradition Treaty. He has also served on missions with the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe(OSCE) as an international election observer to Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.
Dr. Armstead is a frequent lecturer and consultant on international legal matters and has served as a Distinguished Guest Lecturer at the University of Limpopo in 2014 and was named a Fulbright Professor to Ukraine in 2016.