Dr. Peppino A. DeBiaso


Defense and Strategic Studies

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Defense and Strategic Studies
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


With a far-reaching tenure in government, Dr. Peppino DeBiaso currently leads the Office of Missile Defense Policy in his 20th year as director. He also lends his experience in think tanks and academia to the DSS community by teaching on US strategy, proliferation and modern warfare. His articles on proliferation have been published by Joint Forces Quarterly and Military Review.



  • PhD International Relations, University of Southern California, 1987
  • MA International Relations, University of Southern California, 1982
  • MA Government, Claremont Graduate School, 1980


  • DSS 700 Strategy and U.S. Defense Policy
  • DSS 721 Missile Defense, Proliferation and Contemporary Warfare

Professional experience

  • Director, Office of Missile Defense Policy, 2000-Present
  • Deputy Director, Office of Strategy, Forces and Operations, 1996-2004
  • Foreign Affairs Specialist, Department of Defense, 1989-1996


  • “Missile Defense and NATO Security,” Joint Forces Quarterly, no. 51, 4th Quarter, 2008, pp. 46-51;
  • “A Worldwide Threat: Ballistic Missiles,” Rivista Militare, (Journal of the Italian Army), no. 3, May-June 2008, pp. 6-13;
  • “Proliferation, Missile Defense and the Conduct of Modern War,” Comparative Strategy, vol. 25, no. 3, July-September 2006, pp. 157-171.  Reprinted in Bradley A. Thayer, ed., American National Security Policy (Fairfax, VA: National Institute Press, 2007), pp. 52-61;     
  • “Theater Missile Defense and National Security Strategy,” Military Review, November-December 1999, pp. 31-36.