Kenneth Allard is a former U.S. Army Colonel widely known to national audiences. Entering military service as a draftee, his unique career included overseas service as a Cold War intelligence officer and assignments as an assistant professor at West Point, special assistant to the Army Chief of Staff, and Dean of Students at the National War College. For more than a decade, he was a featured military analyst on the networks of NBC News, particularly MSNBC and CNBC.
That experience provided the backdrop for his most recent book, Warheads: Cable News and the Fog of War. His other books include Command, Control and the Common Defense, winner of the 1991 National Security Book Award.
Colonel Allard holds a doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and an MPA from Harvard University. His numerous military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit and the NATO Expeditionary Medal for service in Bosnia. In November 2009 he was awarded the Silver Citizenship Medal by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.