Douglas Macgregor


Douglas Macgregor is a decorated combat veteran, the author of five books, a PhD and the executive VP of Burke-Macgregor Group LLC, a defense and foreign policy consulting firm in Reston, VA.  He was commissioned in the Regular Army in 1976 after 1 year at VMI and 4 years at West Point.  Macgregor retired with the rank of Colonel in 2004.  He holds an MA in comparative politics and a PhD in international relations from the University of Virginia. 

Macgregor is widely known in military circles inside the U.S., Europe, Israel, China and Korea for both his leadership in the Battle of 73 Easting, the U.S. Army’s largest tank battle since World War II, and for his ground breaking books on military transformation: Breaking the Phalanx (Praeger, 1997) and Transformation under Fire (Praeger, 2003).  His book, Warrior’s Rage: The Great Tank Battle of 73 Easting (Naval Institute Press, 2009) describes the 1991 action.  His books have been translated into Hebrew, Chinese, Russian and Korean.  His fifth book, Margin of Victory, is currently available from Naval Institute Press.

In 28 years of service Macgregor taught in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, commanded the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, and served as the Director of the Joint Operations Center at SHAPE in 1999; an assignment that involved Macgregor in the conduct and planning of operations during the Kosovo Air Campaign.  In January 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld insisted that General “Tommy” Franks meet with, Colonel Macgregor on 16-17 January 2002 to hear Macgregor’s concept for the attack to Baghdad.  Though Macgregor’s offensive concept assumed the rapid restoration of control to the Iraqi Army and no occupation his offensive scheme of maneuver was largely adopted.

Since leaving the Army, Macgregor has worked as a consultant to advise a host of individuals and organizations including the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, the Joint Staff, Bell Laboratories, and Raytheon Corporation on issues ranging from strategic blueprints and roadmaps to innovative change and the integration of disruptive technologies.  He has testified as an expert witness before congress and appeared on Fox Business, the PBS News Hour, the BBC, CBC, RT, and CNN.  He is also a regular commentator on Washington’s Capital Insider and national radio programs.