Colonel Dennis Wille was a U.S. Army Fellow at New America. He has been an active duty member of the United States Army for more than 23 years. He began his career as an Armor officer in 1995 and served in Armored Cavalry units at Fort Carson, Colorado and Fort Stewart, Georgia. In 2005, Colonel Wille transitioned from Armor into the U.S. Army’s cadre of space professionals. In this role, he has served as a space operations staff officer at Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; and most recently in Germany. During his career, Colonel Wille has participated in deployments to Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Of note, his year-long tour in Afghanistan took place at ISAF Joint Command as a military planner where he focused on integrating non-military applications into NATO’s overall approach. Across the breadth of his national security and defense experience, Colonel Wille has developed significant expertise in a number of areas. As a space operations officer he understands the critical role of satellites in both commercial and government applications. As a military planner he is deeply knowledgeable of the interplay between ends, ways, and means as they apply to national strategy.
Colonel Wille received his B.S. from the United States Military Academy, an M.S. in Space Systems Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Masters in Military Art and Science (MMAS) from the School for Advanced Military Studies, and an MMAS from the Army War College.