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Major Brian Babcock-Lumish is the new chairperson of military science and will lead UD's Army ROTC program.

New Army ROTC leadership

Army intelligence officer named chair of military science

U.S. Army Major Brian Babcock-Lumish has joined the University of Delaware faculty as a professor and chairperson of military science, leading the Army ROTC program at UD.

A military intelligence officer originally from Bowie, Maryland, Babcock-Lumish earned his bachelor’s degree at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, with double majors in international and strategic history and in international relations.

After graduating and receiving his commission from West Point, he earned a master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies at Oxford University, where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar, and a doctorate in war studies at King’s College London as a Harry S. Truman Scholar.

Babcock-Lumish deployed twice to Iraq, leading a team training Iraqi intelligence collectors in 2005-06 and later serving for a year as Gen. David Petraeus’ daily intelligence briefer during the 2007 “surge.”

He has held various command and staff positions and, from 2011-14, was an assistant professor of international relations in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, where he was also the executive secretary of the military academy’s scholarship program.

He most recently served at U.S. Army Pacific in Hawaii from 2014-17, where he was Gen. Vincent Brooks’ analysis and control element chief and a strategic planner in Gen. Robert Brown’s commander’s action group.

At UD, Babcock-Lumish leads over 100 cadets enrolled in Army ROTC, the Reserve Officers Training Corps program, which is part of the College of Arts and Sciences but is open to any student in any major. It is an elective that combines courses in leadership, military science and practical exercises with a regular academic course load.

The University’s Army ROTC program includes cadets who are students at UD or at its partnership schools: Delaware State, Wilmington, Salisbury and Lincoln universities; Wesley College; and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The program commissions 15 or more Army second lieutenants every year, including active duty, Reserves and National Guard.

Nationally, ROTC is the largest officer-producing program for the U.S. military.

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