Frank Hoffman Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) is a national security affairs analyst and consultant with more than 30 years of policy and operational experience. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia. Colonel Hoffman serves as the Center's strategic and global affairs analyst, develops advanced concepts and conducts research into the nature of future conflict. Prior to this assignment, the Secretary of Defense appointed him to the staff of the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century (Hart-Rudman Commission). On the Commission, he specialized in future military and security environment projections, strategic planning, military strategy, and organizational change. He was the principal analyst for the Commission's homeland security and future military conflict assessments. From 1978-1983, he served as a Marine infantry officer in a variety of line and staff positions in the Second and Third Marine divisions. He holds degrees from the Wharton Business School, George Mason University, and the U.S. Naval War College (with highest distinction).

Articles by Frank Hoffman

Under current plans, the Marine Corps will drop its heavy armor to invest in longer-range missile systems to better support naval campaigns, a move that has drawn some concern.
A sinking Japanese ship seen through the periscope of a U.S. submarine.

‘Silent Victory’ Won Earlier

By Lieutenant Colonel Francis G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
December 2019
The demanding process of preparing human minds for an unknown future is perhaps the single most important lesson history can teach today’s military professionals.

British Sea Power Wins the First Global War

By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
April 2019
The third-place winner in the CNO Naval History Essay Contest (Professional Historian Category) shines a light on the doctrinal lessons that still resonate from the Seven Years’ War.

U.S. Marine Corps in Review

By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
May 2006
In his new battle history of the U.S. Marine Corps, James Warren describes modern-day Marines as American Spartans. The analogy to the ancient, scarletclad Greek warriors, renowned for their dedicated ...
U.S. Coast Guard during Hurricane Katrina

Katrina: What's Going Right

By Joseph DiRenzo III, Chris Doane, Jennifer Zeldis, John X. Carrier, and Frank Hoffman
October 2005
At press time, the Sea Services continued to respond to Hurricane Katrina's destruction-and a tough Army general named Russel Honore has assumed overall military command. Coast Guard helicopter and boat ...

Forcible Entry Is a Strategic Necessity

By Frank G. Hoffman
November 2004
One crucial military capability under scrutiny in the Pentagon is seabased joint forcible entry operations. Civilian policy makers question the nation's need for this capability; they cringe at the investment ...

U.S. Marine Corps in Review

By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, USMCR (Ret.)
May 2004
When the Marine Corps capstone concept "Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare" appeared in 2001, you might easily have dismissed it as just another service white paper. The course of 2003, however, underscored ...

What We Can Learn from Jackie Fisher

By Lieutenant Colonel Frank Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
April 2004
The architects of the naval transformation in progress today could learn much by studying a similar transformation of a century ago in Great Britain. Its chief orchestrator was First Sea ...

The U.S. Marine Corps in Review

By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
May 2003
As President George W. Bush explained in a speech at the U.S. Military Academy in June 2002, U.S. security requires a military "ready to strike at a moment's notice in ...

Needed: Civilian and Military Leaders

By Frank G. Hoffman
November 2001
Former Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig's August 2001 Proceedings review of Tom Ricks's A Soldier's Duty (New York: Random House, 2001) adroitly captured the major plot elements and accurately ...