Frederick Kagan

Frederick Kagan books and biography

Frederick Kagan

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Frederick W. Kagan is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and a former professor of military history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He earned a B.A. in Soviet and East European studies and a Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet military history, both from Yale University. He worked as an Assistant professor of military history at West Point from 1995-2001 and as an Associate professor of military history from 2001-2005. The courses he taught at West Point included the history of military art, grand strategy, revolutionary warfare and diplomatic history. He is brother to foreign policy analyst Robert Kagan. Frederick Kagan is married to Kimberly Kagan, Assistant Professor of History at West Point and Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of War.

Frederick Kagan and his father Donald Kagan, who is a professor at Yale and a fellow at the Hudson Institute, together authored While America Sleeps: Self-Delusion, Military Weakness, and the Threat to Peace Today (2000). The book argued in favor of massive military spending and warned of future threats, including from a potential revival of Iraq's WMD program.[1] Frederick along with his brother Robert Kagan, who is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, and their father Donald are all signatories to the neoconservative Project for the New American Century manifesto titled Rebuilding America's Defenses (2000).[2]

Kagan authored the so-called "real Iraq Study Group" report as the AEI's "hawkish" rival to the ISG report of James Baker and Lee H. Hamilton in December 2006. The AEI report, titled Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq, was released on January 5, 2007, and Kagan was said to have won-over the ear of President George W. Bush,[3] strongly influencing his subsequent "surge" plan for changing the course of the Iraq War. Along with retired Gen. Jack Keane, retired Col Joel Armstrong, and retired Maj Daniel Dwyer, Kagan is credited as one of the "intellectual architects" of the surge plan.[4]

Frederick Kagan should not be confused with the similarly named journalist Fred Kaplan.


  1. ^ Kennicott, Philip. "Yale Historian Donald Kagan, Mixing the Old And the Neo", Washington Post, 2005-05-13. Retrieved on 2007-01-19.
  2. ^ Donnelly, Thomas; et al. (September 2000). Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New American Century (PDF) 78. Project for the New American Century. Retrieved on 2007-01-19.
  3. ^ Benjamin, Mark. "The real Iraq Study Group",, 2007-01-06. Retrieved on 2007-01-19.
  4. ^ Beinart, Peter. "Bush's 'surge' could deep-six McCain's 2008 presidential hopes", The Free Lance—Star, 2007-01-18. Retrieved on 2007-01-19.

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