Ben Hodges

Pershing Chair

Lieutenant General (Retired) Ben Hodges holds the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis. He joined CEPA in February 2018.

A native of Quincy, Florida, General Hodges graduated from the United States Military Academy in May 1980 and was commissioned in the Infantry.

After his first assignment as an Infantry Lieutenant in Garlstedt, Germany, he commanded Infantry units at the Company, Battalion, and Brigade levels in the 101st Airborne Division, including Command of the First Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne” of the 101st Airborne Division in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (2003-2004). His other operational assignments include Chief of Operations for Multi-National Corps-Iraq in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (2005-2006) and Director of Operations, Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan (2009-2010).

General Hodges has also served in a variety of Joint and Army Staff positions to include Tactics Instructor; Chief of Plans, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps; Director of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell on the Joint Staff; Chief of Legislative Liaison for the United States Army; and Commander, NATO Allied Land Command (İzmir, Turkey). His last military assignment was as Commanding General, United States Army Europe (Wiesbaden, Germany) from 2014 to 2017. He retired from the U.S. Army in January 2018.

Written by Ben Hodges

Close to the Wind: Recommendations for Baltic Sea Regional Security The United States, NATO, and regional players must work together to enhance political cohesion and create a unified security strategy for the Baltic Sea.
Kremlin at War? Supporting Ukraine, Defending the International Order "The threat from Russia is real and it is growing. While a new Russian offensive is not imminent, I fear it is increasingly likely."
Photo: Service members of the 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces take part in artillery drills at a shooting range in an unknown location in eastern Ukraine, in this handout picture released December 17, 2021. Picture released December 17, 2021. Credit: Press Service of the 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade/Handout via REUTERS. NATO Must Help Ukraine Prepare for War With the White House dithering and the Kremlin menacing, it’s time to consider what we can do to aid Ukraine.
Putin Threatens a Dark, Cold European Winter In its very legalistic way, the decision by a German regulator to suspend the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline may just be the first real evidence that the country is finally thinking strategically.
Close to the Wind: Executive Summary The security of the Baltic Sea region will continue to be determined by the climate of east-west relations and EU-NATO cohesion.
Photo: A Greek sniper with the Special Paratroopers Unit adjusts his scope during the 2021 European Best Sniper Competition. The US-organised competition gathered sniper teams from 14 NATO Allies and partners at Hohenfels Training Area in Germany in August 2021. Credit: NATO Close to the Wind: Background – State of Play In the Baltic Sea region Russia has strengthened its quantitative and qualitative advantage.