Biography



Dr. Larry M. Wortzel is a leading authority on defense strategy, Asia, and China. During a thirty-two-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army his experience spans service as an infantry unit leader, a signals intelligence collector, a human source intelligence collector, a counter-intelligence officer, and a strategist. A graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Wortzel earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. He studied Chinese at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey California and at the National University of Singapore.

A Ranger and parachutist, he had the privilege of making a parachute jump with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army while a military attaché in China. He is a member of the U.S. Army Infantry Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame and the U.S. Defense Attaché System Hall of Fame. His overseas assignments were in China, Singapore, Thailand, on the demilitarized zone in South Korea, Morocco, and Germany. He has traveled widely in Asia with numerous trips to Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. His European experience includes work in Italy, Spain, France, England, Denmark, Germany and the Czech Republic.

From 1988 to 1990 Wortzel was Assistant Army Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in China where he witnessed and reported on the Tiananmen Massacre. After a tour of duty as an Army strategist, he returned to China from 1995 to the end of 1997 as Army Attaché.

On the faculty of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Wortzel was Director of the Strategic Studies Institute and concurrently professor of Asian studies. He retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel at the end of 1999. After his military retirement, Dr. Wortzel was director of the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation and also vice president for foreign policy and defense studies at Heritage. He is a commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and an adjunct research fellow at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute.

Larry Wortzel has written or edited number of books and numerous book chapters and scholarly articles on Asia and China. His books include Class in China: Stratification in a Classless Society (1987); China’s Military Modernization: International Implications (1988); Dictionary of Contemporary Chinese Military History (1999), and The Dragon Extends its Reach: Chinese Military Power Goes Global (2013). His monographs for the U.S. Army War College include The Future U.S. Military Presence in Asia, The Asia-Pacific in the U.S. National Security Calculus for a New Millennium, and The ASEAN Regional Forum: Asian Security without a U.S. Umbrella.

Dr. Wortzel’s opinions and ideas have been sought by CNN, Fox News, ABC News, Orbis, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Scripps newspapers, Knight Ridder newpapers, Foresight (Japan), and Chosin Ilbo (Korea). He has testified to Congress on security and intelligence issues a number of times.

He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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