Colonel Michael W. Rauhut
Director, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
Colonel Mike Rauhut currently serves as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, U.S. Army War College, as it promotes the collaborative development and integration of peace and stability capabilities across the U.S. government, international organizations, and the community of interest.
Immediately prior to his assignment, Colonel Rauhut served as the Chief of Staff for the Military Staff Committee at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (UN) in New York City. In this capacity, he was responsible for both U.S. representation to the UN Military Staff Committee and the provision of advice to both the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN. Much of that counsel focused on UN peacekeeping and U.S. policy regarding its application on behalf of the Joint Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
A native of Hinsdale, New York, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1989 and commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He has commanded at the platoon-, company-, battalion-, and brigade-level. In addition to his command billets, Colonel Rauhut has served as a Combat Analyst for the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, the Chief of Operations for an Army Division, a senior Observer/Trainer at the Joint Readiness Training Center, a Faculty Member at the Naval War College, and, more recently, the Assistant Chief of Staff for the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul. In these and other capacities, his assignments have taken him to locales as varied as Georgia, Germany, Kansas, Louisiana, Iraq, Korea, and Afghanistan. Immediately prior to his assignment to the U.S. Mission to the UN, he also served as a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
In addition to his military training and specialty courses, Colonel Rauhut obtained a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Among his various awards are the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star. He is also authorized to wear the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, French Commando Badge, Airborne Badge, and Ranger Tab.
Together with his beautiful and talented wife Sandy, Mike has two children: Hannah (18) and Jacob (15).