Small Wars Journal

Scott Stanford


Major Scott Stanford, U.S. Army Reserve, is a civil affairs planner for the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade in Riverdale Park, MD, and CEO of The Engagement Group in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the Stability Decision Support Framework that was trained to USMC operations and tactics instructors in the Tactical MAGTF Integration Course at the Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group in Twentynine Palms, CA. Stanford was an infantry platoon leader and a combined arms HHC company commander in Ramadi, Iraq in 2005-2006 and served as a Civil Affairs team leader on the Paktya, Afghanistan Provincial Reconstruction Team in 2008-2009. He was a provincial stabilization director for USAID’s flagship stabilization program in Afghanistan, and taught the District Stability Framework at the Counterinsurgency Training Center in Kabul. Stanford has a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and earned an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He was the Distinguished Honor Graduate of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School’s Civil Affairs Qualification Course.

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