Peter Herrly, Colonel, U. S. Army (Retired) is a recognized expert in strategic leadership and organizational transformation. He was Chief of Doctrine on the U.S. Joint Staff, working directly with Generals Colin Powell and John Shalikashvili, from the end of the Cold War until his departure to France in 1995. In Paris, he was U.S. Defense Attaché, where he worked closely with the French and other major European armed forces to develop effective operational partnerships in a variety of areas.
Today, he is the President of Herrly Group, an international consulting and executive development firm, which specializes in organizing battlefield-centric seminars for top business leaders in France and internationally. He also directs European military history study programs for the benefit of the leadership of the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe, organizing over thirty accredited historians. He sustains his research interests as maitre de conference at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po and is an organizer of and a regular participant in historical and political seminars and conferences. He also serves as Director for European Affairs for the Association of the United States Army, and as such he helps maintain close partnerships with counterpart organizations in Europe, notably in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. He was principal author of Joint Warfare of the U.S. Armed Forces, which has been distributed to over 250,000 American and allied military leaders, and numerous articles on military and historical subjects.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the French Ordre National de Mérite, the Bronze Star, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He was commissioned from the University of Notre Dame du Lac and holds an advanced degree from the University of Wisconsin in history. He taught military history, strategy, and organizational culture at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the National War College in Washington, D.C. He currently resides in Paris, France with his wife Lillian and their two boys, Raymond and Christopher.