Robinson professional profile

LTC Lee Robinson

American Politics Program Director


Lieutenant Colonel Lee Robinson is the Director of the American Politics Program and an Academy Professor within the Department of Social Sciences at West Point.  Lee teaches the introductory course to American politics and the capstone course on public policy. He is a 2000 graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds an MPA from Cornell University and a PhD in Public Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia.  Prior to service as an Academy Professor, Lee served for over 20 years as an Army Aviation Officer including two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan.  Lee commanded the 603D Aviation Support Battalion in the 3rd Infantry Division from 2019-2021 and served as a strategist for the Army Talent Management Task Force from 2021-2022.  His research focuses on strategic human resource management, public management and organizational performance, and civil-military relations.

Ongoing Research Projects

“Talent Matters: Winning in a Complex and Uncertain Future.”  This book project presents a comprehensive assessment of talent management reforms in the U.S. Army over the past decade in its journey to modernize personnel practices to meet the demands of the future operating environment. The authors guide the reader in assessing the impact of recent developments and describe the innovations required to realize the benefits of a talent-based personnel management system.  Army leaders are the primary audience for this book, but it also has wider appeal for other services and the field of public personnel administration. 

Publications & Presentations


Robinson, Lee.  “Understanding Mission Command.”  Military Review (July-August 2022).

“COIN in the Air.” Armed Forces Journal (April 2013). 

Evans, Lee and Lee Robinson.  “Evaluating Our Evaluations:  Recognizing and Countering Performance Evaluation Pitfalls.” Military Review (January-February 2020):  89-99. 

Robinson, Lee, Joseph Amoroso, Isaiah Wilson III, and Richard Yon.  “Veterans and Bipartisanship.” Armed Forces & Society 46, no. 1 (2020):  132-162.    

Robinson, Lee and Isaiah Wilson III.  “Force and Faith in the American Experience.”  Military Review (July-August 2014):  82-93.


Liebert, Hugh and Lee Robinson.  “Disorder at the Border? Immigration and Homeland Security.” In Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Transnational Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy, edited by Hugh Liebert, John Griswold, and Isaiah Wilson III, 43-54.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.  

Robinson, Lee.  “Transition Assistance, VA Benefits, and Social Security.”  In Guide to Personal Financial Planning for the Armed Forces, 7th edition, edited by S. Jamie Gayton and Scott Handler, 258-285.  Mechanicsburg, PA:  Stackpole Books, 2012.


Robinson, Lee.  “The Last Lion and the Next War: Lessons from Churchill,” War Room, July 2020.

“Advanced Guard Fights for Information,” Army, February 2017. 

“Reconciling the Rapid-Decisionmaking and Synchronization Process and the ATO/ACO Cycle.” Aviation Digest, January-March 2017.  

“Bull in a China Shop?  Attack Aviation and the COIN Battlefield,” Small Wars Journal, August 2012.

Robinson, Lee and Antonio Giori.  “Sustaining the Combat Aviation Brigade:  Fighting the Aviation Support Battalion in Large-Scale Combat Operations.” Aviation Digest, January-March 2022.

Robinson, Lee and Dan Stankus.  “Planning and Executing Airspace Management in the Brigade Combat Team.” Aviation Digest, July-September 2015.   

Robinson, Lee and Jesse Curry.  “Reconnaissance, Communication, and Planning in the Decisive Action Fight.” Aviation Digest, July-September 2013.  

Robinson, Lee and John Bolton.  “Expanding the AMSO Track,” Aviation Digest, July-September 2014.   

Robinson, Lee and Matthew Moosey  “One-on-One Interviews Are a Bad Idea. Here’s a Better Way.” Army, April 2021.


Robinson, Lee.  “Soldier-Civilian Transition:  A Key Facet of the Civil-Military Relationship.” Paper presentation at The Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society Biennial Conference, October 22, 2011, Chicago, IL. 

“Contemporary Issues in Civil-Military Relations.” Panel presentation at the American Political Science Association Annual Conference, September 2, 2011, Seattle, WA.  

“Learning by Experiencing the Lawmaking Process: Congressional Simulation Exercise,” Paper presentation at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, April 2, 2011, Chicago, IL.  

“National Security Agency Reform:  An All or Nothing Bargain,” Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, Washington DC, Fall 2009/Spring 2010.