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Bob E. Willis Jr.

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Bob E. Willis Jr. is a United States Army officer, confirmed by the Senate as a lieutenant colonel in 2008. While attending the School of Advanced Military Studies, the invitational advanced course following the Command and General Staff College, he wrote a paper, "After the Blitzkrieg: The German Army’s Transition to Defeat in the East", which has drawn considerable interest in its parallel between failure of the German Army to prepare for post-combat operations in the Soviet Union, and is a substantive history of the staff thinking during the Operation Barbarossa invasion. He drew parallels to problems for post-conflict planning in the Iraq War. [1] It is also a substantial reference on the Russian Liberation Army of Andrei Vlasov.

He was commissioned from the Reserve Officers Training Corps at the University of Hawaii.


  1. Bob E. Willis Jr. (Academic Year 2004-2005), After the Blitzkrieg: The German Army’s Transition to Defeat in the East, School of Advanced Military Studies, United States Army Command and General Staff College