Major General Douglas Crissman
(USA, Retired, USMA 1988)


Leadership, leader development, mission command, systems thinking, leading through adversity, onboarding and workforce development, organizational and process design, transformational leadership, executive coaching.


During more than 33 years of military service, including over 6 years as a General Officer, Doug led teams dealing with adversity and solving problems in complex environments around the world during times of peace and war.

As the Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Central, Doug oversaw the support to the 30,000+ U.S. Army soldiers rotating through the Middle East each year while administering a $7 billion budget. As the commander of the Army's Mission Command Center of Excellence, Doug helped define and design the Army's command and control systems and processes while advocating for Mission Command as the Army's approach to leading. As a Brigadier General, Doug was the only U.S. officer assigned to the British Army while he was second-in-command of the British Army's premier warfighting division. Doug served as the executive officer and senior military advisor to the Secretary of the Army before serving as Deputy Commanding General for the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division.

Doug's overseas service includes Egypt, Kosovo, Germany, the United Kingdom and multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a Colonel, Doug led a 5000-Soldier brigade with operational responsibility for the southern third of Iraq during the final year of U.S. military-led combat operations. As a Lieutenant Colonel, Doug led an infantry battalion that served in volatile Anbar Province during the Surge at the height of the Sunni Awakening.

Scholarly Work/Publications

Doug's article, "Improving the Leader Development Experience in Army Units," was published in Military Review and describes the critical role battalion and brigade-level commanders serve in raising the next generation of leaders through continuous, deliberate and connected efforts to develop their junior leaders. Key themes include the art of creating meaningful developmental experiences, transformational vs. transactional leadership, cultivating a climate and culture where leader development can flourish, and training at the threshold of failure.


U.S. Army Senior Service College Fellowship; Leadership and National Security Policy; University of Texas

ME, Systems Engineering, University of Virginia

BS, Environmental Engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point


Doug enjoys the great outdoors and recently backpacked several hundred miles on the Appalachian Trail.