Donald L. Cummings, Ph.D.  Retired Intelligence Analyst

Donald L. Cummings, Ph.D.

Retired Intelligence Analyst

  • Ph.D., Political Science
  • M.A., Political Science
  • B.A., History

Dr. Cummings entered the discipline of strategic intelligence in 1980, specializing in military force structure projections. He was the senior analyst and program manager on a team that produced a combat support, and combat service support equipment and manpower force structure projections database of the Warsaw Pact’s ground forces for the U.S. Army.

He transitioned from researching future force structures to regional political, economic, and social studies in developing nations. He was responsible for studying the armed forces of 11 West African nations and later the armed forces of Ethiopia. Dr. Cummings briefed senior Defense Department officials, as well as members of the U.S. Congress and Senate. Also, he was a member of interagency teams that briefed foreign heads of state and ministry of defense officials, and he was the Defense Intelligence Agency’s representative on the interagency team coordinating the US response to the 1984-85 Ethiopian famine.

Dr. Cummings served as the principal analyst for an experimental open-source intelligence research project on national electrical infrastructures in the mid-1990s. In the late 1990s, he was the principal analyst focusing on the armed forces of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).  Beginning in September 2000, Dr. Cummings was the manager of a program that designed, developed and presented the Intelligence Community Officer’s Course (ICOC). Dr. Cummings was the technical author of the project’s original proposal.

Following retirement from active involvement with the Intelligence Community at the national level in 2005, Dr. Cummings volunteered his experience to the intelligence fusion center of his community’s police department where he assisted sworn police officers from six jurisdictions in the Phoenix, Arizona greater metropolitan area.

Professional Experience

  • Faculty, Doctorate in Strategic Security, Henley-Putnam University, (2008-Present)
  • Program Manager. (1988-2005)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University, (1991-2005)
  • Principal Intelligence Analyst, (1985-1988)
  • Senior Intelligence Analyst, (1980-1985)
  • US Army, 1965-1985

Education & Professional Certifications

  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1982
  • M.A., Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1974
  • B.A., History, The Virginia Military Institute, 1965
  • Graduate, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1981