John A. Gentry


Adjunct Associate Professor - Center for Security Studies (CSS)


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
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John A. Gentry was for 12 years an intelligence analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he worked mainly economic issues associated with the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries; for two of those years he was senior analyst on the staff of the National Intelligence Officer for Warning. He is a retired U.S. Army Reserve officer, with most assignments in special operations and intelligence arenas. On active duty, he was executive officer of a special forces operational detachment. As a reservist, he was mobilized and spent much of 1996 as a civil affairs officer in Bosnia. Dr. Gentry formerly taught at the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University and at the National Intelligence University. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University and George Mason University. His research interests primarily are in intelligence and security studies.


  • Ph.D. (2008) George Washington University, Political Science
  • BA (1971) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, History