Mr Doug Pryer BA in English, Missouri State University MMAS in Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

Mr Doug Pryer


Department of International Politics

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Publication Highlights:

War and Moral Injury: A Reader, edited by R. E. Meagher and D. A. Pryer (Eugene, OR, Cascade Books, 2018). Available to order at:

Pryer, D. ‘Drone Warfare and Moral Injury’ in Moral Injury: Towards an International Perspective, edited by B. Allenby, T. Frame, and A. Ellner (Washington, DC: New America Foundation/ASU Center for the Future of War, 2017).

Pryer, D. (2009). The Fight for the High Ground: The U.S. Army and Interrogation During Operation Iraqi Freedom, May 2003 – April 2004 (Fort Leavenworth, KS: CGSC Foundation, 2009). Available to order at

Pryer, D. ‘The Guerrillas in the Boardroom: What COIN Theory Teaches Leaders about Organizational Change, and How Corporate Change Models Could Transform Military Doctrine’ Research Report, Modern War Institute, 25 September 2016. 

Pryer, D. ‘Growing Leaders Who Practice Mission Command and Win the Peace’, Military Review, November-December 2013, pp 31-41. 

Fromm, P., D. Pryer, and K. Cutright. ‘The Myths We Soldiers Tell Ourselves (and the Harm These Myths Do)’, Military Review, September-October 2013, pp. 57-68. 

Pryer, D. ‘The Rise of the Machines: Why Increasingly ‘Perfect’ Weapons Help Perpetuate Our Wars and Endanger Our Nation’, Military Review, March-April 2013, pp. 14-24. 

Pryer, D. ‘Steering America’s Warship toward Moral Communication (and Real Success) in the 21st Century’. Military Review, January-February 2012, pp. 24-34. 

Fromm, P., D. Pryer, and K. Cutright, ‘War is a Moral Force [Contest]: Designing a More Viable Strategy for the Information Age’. Joint Forces Quarterly, January-March 2012, pp. 40-46. 

Pryer, D. ‘Controlling the Best Within: The Key to Success on 21st Century Battlefields’, Military Review, Profession of Arms – Special Edition, September 2011, pp. 81-91. 

Pryer, D. ‘At What Cost, Intelligence? A Case Study of the Consequences of Ethical (and Unethical) Leadership,’ Military Review Ethics Reader – Special Edition, September 2010, pp 94-109. 

Additional Information

Professional Memberships

The Political Studies Association, U.S. Army Association

Links of Interest


War and Moral Injury Book:

Modern War Institute Non-Resident Fellows Bio:

Amazon Authors Page:  


Teaching Experience

Taught miscellaneous classes and mentored numerous subordinates as an army officer.



Dr. Jeff Bridoux (Primary), Dr. Gerry Hughes (Secondary)

Thesis Abstract

To say that the U.S. has achieved mixed results from its numerous attempts at state-building since World War II is an understatement. Just six of these new states remain democratic, and two of these six states, Afghanistan and Iraq, are among the most fragile in the world. Only Germany and Japan remain unqualified successes. Today, these two countries are not only America’s strong allies and exceptionally stable, but they may also surpass their former teacher in those very virtues that Americans themselves take most pride in—political, civil, and media freedoms.

Distinguishing between the root causes of success and failure in state-building is a matter of profound importance to all international organizations and nations capable of projecting military power abroad.  Sound analysis can help political leaders choose whether to militarily intervene and, when they do, what elements of power to bring to bear to have the best chance of success.  Wiser choices could, in turn, lower the cost in lives, suffering, and treasure for both the occupier and the occupied.

My thesis, which is a longitudinal and comparative study of U.S. policy and actions during post-World War II U.S. military occupations abroad aims to provide such analysis.  My primary research question is: how did U.S. military policies and actions impact the levels of host-nation government corruption? My secondary research questions are: (1) Why did impactful policies and actions have the impact they did, and (2) Why were these impactful policies and actions chosen?

General Research Interests

Nation-building, State-building, Reconstruction, Corruption, Democracy Promotion, U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy, Military History, Military Intelligence, Moral and Psychological Aspects of Armed Conflict, American History


Year of Entry: 2017