Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership
Deputy Department Head
COL Brian Reed
Office Location: Thayer Hall Room 270
COL Brian J. Reed was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1989 from the United States Military Academy. His first assignment was in Germany as a rifle platoon leader with 1st Battalion 16th Infantry, 1stInfantry Division (Forward) and then as a rifle platoon leader, support platoon leader, and company executive officer with 2nd Battalion 6th Infantry, 1st Armored Division. After completion of the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, COL Reed served in 3rd Brigade 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, as the Brigade S3 Air and then commanded C Company, 4th Battalion 87th Infantry and A Company, 2nd Battalion 27thInfantry.
After attending graduate school at the University of Maryland, COL Reed served on the faculty at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. Upon completion of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, COL Reed was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas. Here he served as the Battalion Operations Officer and then the Battalion Executive Officer of 1st Battalion 22ndInfantry, and later as the Brigade Operations Officer for 1st Brigade. Following this assignment, he returned to graduate school as a military fellow in the Center for Research on Military Organization at the University of Maryland and completed his Ph.D. in Sociology.
COL Reed was the Battalion Commander of 1st Battalion 24th Infantry (Stryker), Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, from December 2006 to December 2009. Next he served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point and then completed a Senior Service College Fellowship at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. From May 2012 to June 2014, COL Reed was the Brigade Commander of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. Following Brigade Command, he served as the Director of the Commander’s Action Group at U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) from July 2014 to May 2016.
COL Reed has participated in several operational deployments to include tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and he has traveled extensively in the Middle East and South and Central Asia as a member of the personal staff for the Commander, USCENTCOM. He is Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault qualified, and has earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge.
2006 UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK, MD • Awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology.
1998 UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK, MD • Awarded Master of Arts in Sociology.
1989 UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT, NY • Awarded Bachelor of Science Degree in Leadership Studies.
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS Segal, David R., Mady Wechsler Segal, Brian J. Reed. 2015. “Diversity and Citizenship in Modern Military Organization.” Turkish Journal of Sociology 35(2): 43-61. Reed, Brian J. 2007. “A Social Network Approach to Understanding an Insurgency.” Parameters. Summer: VOL: XXXVII, NO.2. Reed, Brian J. and David R. Segal. 2006. “Social Network Analysis and Counter-Insurgency Operations: The Capture of Saddam Hussein.” Sociological Focus 39(4): 251-264. Reed, Brian J. and David R. Segal. 2000. “The Impact of Multiple Deployments on Soldiers’ Peacekeeping Attitudes, Morale, and Retention.” Armed Forces & Society 27(1): 57-78. Segal, David R., Brian J. Reed, and David E. Rohall. 1998. “Constabulary Attitudes of National Guard and Regular Soldiers in the U.S. Army.” Armed Forces & Society 24(4): 535-548.
EDITOR REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS Reed, Brian J. 2017. “Leader Development, Learning Agility, and the Army Profession.” Journal of Military Learning 1(1): 92-114. Reed, Brian J, Chris Midberry, Raymond Ortiz, James Redding, and Jason Toole. 2011. “Morale: The Essential Intangible.” In Leading in Dangerous Contexts, edited by Patrick Sweeney, Michael Matthews, and Paul Lester. Naval Institute Press. Reed, Brian J. and David R. Segal. 2010. “Capturing Saddam Hussein: Social Network Analysis and Counterinsurgency Operations.” In Handbook of War and Society, edited by Steve Carlton-Ford and Morten Ender. Routledge: London and New York. Reed, Brian J. 2003. “Gender Integrated Basic Training: A Theoretical Approach.” In Women and Armed Forces: International Experiences and Problems, edited by Christine Eifler and Ruth Seifert. Ulrike Helmer Verlag: Koenigstein. Efflandt, Scott and Brian J. Reed. 2001. “Developing the Warrior-Scholar: The Role of Sociology in Military Leadership.” Military Review Jul-Aug(4): 82-89. Reed, Brian J. 1999. "Gender Integrated Basic Training: A Theoretical Analysis of the Continuing Debate."
MINERVA: Quarterly Report on Women and the Military 17(2):18-32.