Penn State Harrisburg

Kent H. Butts, Ph.D.

· Senior Lecturer in Homeland Security; Public Affairs


Dr. Kent Hughes Butts holds an appointment as a Senior Fellow to the Center for Naval Analysis. His prior positions include:  Professor of Political Military Strategy and Director, National Security Issues Group, Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College; Research Professor in the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College, Associate Professor, Science Research Laboratory, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and United States Defense and Army Attaché and Security Assistance Officer in Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi. 

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Boston University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Washington, and was a John M. Olin Post-Doctoral Fellow in National Security at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.  He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and the U.S. Army War College, and formerly held the Army War College George C. Marshall Chair of Military Studies. 

Dr. Butts has organized and conducted international conferences, workshops or games on environmental security in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Latin America.  He headed the U.S. delegation and co-chaired the NATO Environmental Security Pilot Study Meetings in Warsaw and Prague, and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the OSCE Economic Forum (Prague). He has been interviewed by the BBC, Time Magazine, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and other media and twice testified before Congress on the topic of Climate Change and Security.  He is author or editor of numerous national security publications, and co-editor of the book Sustainability and National Security.