Steven Kent Metz (born June 30, 1956 in Charleston, West Virginia) is an American author, Chairman of the Regional Strategy Department, and Research Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Army War CollegeStrategic Studies Institute (SSI) where he specializes in insurgency and counterinsurgency, American defense policy, strategic theory, the African security environment, and future warfare. He has been with SSI since 1993, previously serving as Henry L. Stimson Professor of Military Studies and SSI's Director of Research. Metz has also been on the faculty of the U.S. Air War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and several universities. He has been an advisor to government agencies, political organizations, campaigns and commissions; served on many national security policy task forces; testified in both houses of Congress; and spoken on military and security issues around the world. He is the author of more than 100 publications and is frequently interviewed by print, television and radio media. He is a member of the RAND Corporation Insurgency Board and a regular blogger on national security policy for National Journal and The New Republic.
Metz's articles have appeared in journals such as Washington Quarterly, Joint Force Quarterly, The National Interest, and Current History as well as a number of edited books. His major publications include:
Decisionmaking in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: The Strategic Shift of 2007