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CAPT Glenn M. Sulmasy
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Department of Humanities
27 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320

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CAPT Glenn M. Sulmasy, JD, LL.M.
Chairman, Department of Humanities
Professor of Law
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

CAPT Glenn Sulmasy is Chairman, Department of Humanities and Professor of Law. As Chair, he administers the government major and supervises nearly 40 faculty from myriad disciplines, including law, intelligence, history, public policy, international relations, English composition, literature, foreign language, and ethics/philosophy. His research interests include maritime security, law of the sea, as well the intersection between human rights and national security and he teaches upper level seminars in constitutional law, national security law as well as international law. He has been on the faculty of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy since July, 2001. He has also served on the faculty of the International Law Department at the U. S. Naval War College and served as an adjunct faculty member at Roger Williams University School of Law from 1999-2005 teaching courses in Military Law and Homeland Security Law. Currently, he is a member of the adjunct faculty at University of Connecticut School of Law where he teaches National Security Law. Captain Sulmasy publishes and lectures widely on the law of armed conflict, international law and national security matters. He is a Fellow in Homeland Security and National Security Law for the Center for National Policy in Washington D.C. He is widely published in the news media as well as law journals and is a sought after speaker on national security matters – both domestically and internationally. He is the author of The National Security Court System – A Natural Evolution of Justice in an Age of Terror (Oxford University Press) and Co-Editor of International Law Challenges – Homeland Security and Combating Terrorism (2005).  

  • Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University (2007-2008)
  • LL.M. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California at Berkeley, 2007
  • National Security Law certification, University of Virginia School of Law, Center for National Security Law, June 2002
  • Judge Advocate certification, U.S. Naval Justice School, December 1997
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) cum laude, University of Baltimore School of Law, May 1997
  • Bachelor of Science (Government), U. S. Coast Guard Academy, May 1988

Courses Taught:
  • International Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Military Law – Roger Williams School of Law
  • Homeland Security Law – Roger Williams School of Law
  • International Law – Berkeley School of Law (lecture)
  • Oceans Law – Berkeley School of Law (lecture)
  • American Way of War - Harvard Kennedy School (lecture)
  • International Law - Harvard Law School (lecture)
  • International Humanitarian Law - Harvard Law School (lecture)

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • "Law Forum Tackles Mideast Drone Strikes" University of Buffalo Reporter, October 23, 2014
  • Guest Opinion: "Will ISIS 'Lone Wolf' Hit Us in the United States?," The New London Day, September 1, 2014
  • Guest Opinion: "Foreign Crises Move Front and Center," The New London Day, August 3, 2014
  • Keynote Address: “Drones, the Constitution and the President,” Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida, March 26, 2014
  • Guest Opinion: "Russia Sees Arctic Promise, So Must U.S.," The New London Day, February 23, 2014
  • Guest Opinion: "Presidents Need the Executive Authority to Quickly Order Vital Military Strikes," The New London Day, September 24, 2013
  • "Opinion: The Wrong Message," U.S. News and World Report, July 26, 2013
  • "Opinion: Why We Need Government Surveillance," CNN, June 10, 2013
  • "Opinion: U.S. Must Confront Terrorism's Presence," The Hartford Courant, April 16, 2013
  • Guest Opinion: "Drones, the Constitution, and the President," The New London Day, February 17, 2013
  • "Op-Ed: Guarding National Security Over Civil Rights," The Hartford Courant, January 1, 2013
  • "A Hybrid Court for a Hybrid Warrior," New York Times, November 18, 2012
  • "U.S. Must Head Off Middle East Conflagration," Hartford Courant, November 16, 2012
  • “Anticipatory Self-Defense—the Israel - Iran Crisis” and “International Organizations and the Use of Force” Panel Chairs, International Law Weekend at the NYC Bar Association and Fordham Law School, October 25-26, 2012
  • "National Security Challenges 2012", Sponsored by the New York City Lawyers Chapter, October 10, 2012
  • "How Will Candidates Meet Foreign Challenges?," Hartford Courant, August 31, 2012
  • "Hard Diplomacy Key To Syrian Crisis," Hartford Courant, June 1, 2012
  • "Op-Ed: Decade-Old Debate About Detainees Emerges Again," San Francisco Chronicle, December 4, 2011
  • "Op-Ed: Letter Imperfect," The Daily, November 5, 2011
  • "Time for Military Action to Evolve into Diplomacy," San Francisco Chronicle, September 11, 2011
  • "Persistence: There is No Return to a 9/10 Mentality," The New London Day, September 11, 2011
  • "America Must Not Return to a Pre-9/11 Mentality," U.S. News and World Report, September 9, 2011
  • "Crucial National Security Issues Looming In Fall," Hartford Courant, August 20, 2011
  • "Capt. Glenn Sulmasy Speaks In Groton About Sept. 11," Groton Patch, July 14, 2011
  • "No Rest for the Weary," Providence Journal, May 4, 2011
  • "KSM Off to Gitmo, Again," National Review Online, April 4, 2011
  • "We Do Declare," National Review Online, March 24, 2011
  • "Congress Needs to Clear Up Gitmo Ambiguities," National Review Online, March 8, 2011
  • "Third Way Needed to Try Guantanamo Detainees," San Francisco Chronicle, March 8, 2011
  • "A New Counterterrorism Agenda for the New Congress," American Enterprise Institute
  • "Prosecuting Terrorists in Federal Court: Create a Hybrid Court,” The New York Times' Room for Debate, November 18, 2010
  • "A Better System for Trying Guantanamo Detainees,” The New London Day, October 20, 2010
  • "9/11 Brought United American Response,” The Hartford Courant, September 11, 2010
  • "When the 'Right to Remain Silent' Isn't Enough,” The San Francisco Chronicle, May 24, 2010
  • "Where's Elena Kagan In War On Terror?,” Hartford Courant, May 22, 2010
  • "A Third Way - National Security Court,” The San Francisco Chronicle, February 11, 2010
  • "Another Option for Gitmo Detainees,” The National Review, January 19, 2010
  • "A Hybrid Court for a Hybrid War,” with LCDR Andrea Logman, Case Western University Law Journal, December 2009
  • "The Best Way to Try Terrorists,” The New York Times, November 13, 2009
  • "Changing Course in Gitmo,” Providence Journal, August 16, 2009
  • "The National Security Court System: A Natural Evolution of Justice in an Age of Terror," Oxford University Press, July 2009
  • "The Military Commissions Act and Common Article 3,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review, January 2009
  • "National Security Court Worth Consideration,” The Day of New London, June 28, 2009
  • "The Military Commissions Act and Common Article 3,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review, January 2009
  • "National Security Court Worth Consideration,” The Day of New London, June 28, 2009
  • "Executive Power: The Last 30 Years,” University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Volume 30, Summer 2009
  • "Supremes and Security: What a Justice Needs to Know," New York Post, May 28, 2009
  • "Five Questions for Supreme Court Candidates," San Francisco Chronicle, May 25, 2009
  • "Closing Gitmo: The Problems, Issues and Logistics," Homeland Security Today, March 20, 2009
  • "Why Civilian Courts Won’t Work," Homeland Security Today, March 13, 2009
  • "Gitmo Closing: What Now?," San Francisco Chronicle, January 27, 2009
  • "What To Do with Gitmo Detainees," Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2008
  • "How Bush Can Smooth the Gitmo Transition," Los Angeles Times, November 20, 2008
  • "Obama, Gitmo and the War on Terror," Los Angeles Times, November 19, 2008
  • "Obama AdministrationNeeds New Approach to Battling al Qaeda," U.S. News and World Report, November 12, 2008
  • "The Supreme Court Made a Mistake in Boumediene," US News and World Report, June 19, 2008
  • "Promotion of Human Rights is an American Value," San Francisco Chronicle, May 19, 2008
  • "National Security Should Not Have an Expiration Date," Tampa Bay Tribune, February 15, 2008
  • "Katz and the War on Terrorism," 41 UC Davis Law Review, February 2008
  • "Update the Law of War to Meet Today's Threat," The Day of New London, January 23, 2008
  • "Secrecy and Barriers to Open Government," 57 American University Law Review, 2008
  • "A New Look for the War on Al Qaeda'," San Francisco Chronicle, September 11, 2007
  • "Challenges to Civilian Control of the Military: A Rational Choice Approach to the War on Terror," 54 U.C.LA. Law Review, Sept 2007
  • “Momentum for National Security Court', Jurist Legal News & Research, July 13, 2007
  • "Balancing Needs of Law and War", Providence Journal, July 11, 2007
  • "Counterintuitive: Intelligence Operations and International Law," 28 Michigan Journal of International Law, Spring 2007
  • "The War on Al Qaeda" San Francisco Chronicle, February 20, 2007
  • "The Military Commissions Act and Common Article 3,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review, January 2007
  • "International Law Challenges, Homeland Security and Combating Terrorism", Naval Institute Press, 2007 (editor)
  • "The Proliferation Security Initiative: A Model for International Cooperation, 35 Hofstra Law Review, Winter 2006
  • "The Legal Landscape after Hamdan,” New England Journal of International and Comparative Law, Volume 13, 2006
  • "This Way to Exit Gitmo,” National Review, July 6, 2006
  • “The National Security Court: A Natural Evolution,” Jurist Legal News & Research
  • “Redeeming Gitmo,” National Review, July 28, 2005

Quotes from CAPT Sulmasy in Media Outlets:
  • "Coast Guard Academy’s Dean of Humanities Leaving", The Day, January 23, 2015
  • "Bryant Names Sulmasy as its First Provost and Chief Academic Officer", Providence Business News, January 21, 2015
  • "Holder: Amenazas de 'terrorismo doméstico' en EEUU", El Diario, August 27, 2014
  • Comcast Newsmakers with Eric Clemons, May 25, 2014
  • "Covert Inquiry by F.B.I. Rattles 9/11 Tribunals", New York Times, April 18, 2014
  • "Captain Sulmasy Discusses 2014 Fort Hood Shooter", All In with Chris Hayes, April 3, 2014
  • "Captain Sulmasy Discusses Live with Studio “Real Time” as Situation was Unfolding in Texas", Al Jazeera America, April 3, 2014
  • "Analysis of the Ft Hood Shooter with Libby Casey", Al Jazeera America, April 3, 2014
  • "Captain Sulmasy's Response to President Obama's Speech", Fusion, January 17, 2014
  • "Suspected Embassy Bombing Planner Pleads Not Guilty In Federal Court", NPR, All Things Considered, October 15, 2013
  • "Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison For Leaks", NPR, All Things Considered, August 21, 2013
  • "Private Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years Prison for Biggest Info Leak in U.S. History", Fox News, America Live With Megyn Kelly, August 21, 2013
  • "The Difference Between Workplace Violence and Act of Terror", Fox News, America's News HQ, August 11, 2013
  • "As the 12th Anniversary of Nine-Eleven Approaches – Are We Safer Now Than Before the Attacks?", Howards Stern Show, Jon Leiberman Live at 5, August 9, 2013
  • "Two Lawyers Assigned to Fort Hood Shooter Not in Court", MSNBC, News Nation with Tamron Hall, August 9, 2013
  • "Attorneys Helping Hasan Argue He is Seeking Death Penalty", MSNBC, News Nation with Tamron Hall, August 8, 2013
  • "Fort Hood Shooter Allowed to Continue to Represent Himself", Fox News with Jamie Colby, August 8, 2013
  • "Court-Martial of Accused Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Hasan Resuming Today", Fox News, America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum, August 8, 2013
  • "Legal Military Expert's Take on Fort Hood Shooter Trial", Wall Street Journal Lunch Break, August 6, 2013
  • "Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula", Fox News, Studio B With Shepard Smith, August 6, 2013
  • "Trial for Accused Fort Hood Shooter Set to Begin Tomorrow", Fox News, August 5, 2013
  • Michelle Castillo, "Experts Weigh In on Bradley Manning’s Verdict", Metro World News, July 30, 2013
  • "Is Snowden Right About NSA Wiretap Access?", HuffPost Live, July 19, 2013
  • "Based On What We Know, Is The NSA Verizon Request Legal?", NPR, American University Radio, June 15, 2013
  • "Scaling Up Surveillance", Huffington Post Live, June 13, 2013
  • "Balancing Privacy and Security, Fate of the Office of Early Childhood, and Welcome Rick Perry?", NPR, Where We Live, June 12, 2013
  • A discussion on the North Korean nuclear missile test, The Lisa Wexler Show, February 11, 2013
  • "Using Drones to Target Americans," KQED Radio, February 6, 2013
  • "Where We Live: Leadership in the Arctic," Your Public Media, April 16, 2012
  • Anna Mulrine, "Marine Demoted to Private to End Haditha Trial. Did Military Justice work?," The Christian Science Monitor, January 24, 2012
  • Carol J. Williams, "U.S. Troops Need Better Training on Laws of War, Experts Say," Los Angeles Times, January 14, 2012
  • "Guantanamo, 10 Years Later," KQED Radio, January 11, 2012
  • Peter Schworm, "Mehanna Conviction Stirs Outcry on Rights," The Boston Globe, December 22, 2011
  • "Where We Live: Detainees From The War On Terror," Your Public Media, December 20, 2011
  • "Mehanna Guilty Verdict Fuels Debate Over Terror Trials," WBUR Boston's NPR News Station, December 20, 2011
  • "The Trial of Tarek Mehanna: Free Speech Or Terrorism," WBUR Boston's NPR News Station, November 1, 2011
  • "National Security After al-Awlaki," Fox CT/WTIC, October 3, 2011
  • "Is the United States Safer 10 Years After 9/11?," U.S. News and World Report, September 9, 2011
  • WXLM, "The Tenth Anniversary of 9/11," September 9, 2011
  • "How Does Libyan Unrest Affect the U.S.?," Fox 61 News, August 24, 2011
  • Fox CT/WTIC, August 22, 2011
  • Fox Radio News, June 21, 2011
  • Fox 61 News, May 3, 2011
  • National Public Radio, Morning Edition, May 2, 2011
  • Richard A. Serrano, "Might a Military Jury Deny 9/11 Suspect's Death Wish?," L.A. Times, April 5, 2011
  • Interview with Arthel Neville, Live on Fox News, April 4, 2011
  • Dina Temple-Raston, "Military Panel To Try Alleged Sept. 11 Mastermind," National Public Radio, April 4, 2011
  • A discussion on the constituionality of the president’s actions in Libya, The Lisa Wexler Show, March 23, 2011
  • Mike Levine, "Middle East Unrest Could Be Net Positive For U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts, Former CIA Chief Says," Fox News, February 23, 2011
  • "Ex CIA Director: Mubarak's Ouster Offers "Great Hope" For Future," The Talk Radio News Service, February 23, 2011
  • Jon Leiberman, "A Hybrid Court," "Worldwide Perceptions," "Death Penalty," "Sunset Provisions," "Life at Guantanamo Bay Prison," "Closing Guantanamo Bay," Track 180, February 22, 2011
  • National Public Radio, Morning Edition, January 24, 2011
  • Carol J. Williams, "Guantanamo Terrorism Suspect May Get Plea Deal", Los Angeles Times, October 24, 2010
  • Tom Ridge, "We Need a Terror Court", USA Today, May 25, 2010
  • National Public Radio, "Experts Consider Best Way to Try Terrorists", March 24, 2010
  • Mark Hamblett, "Evolution of Military Commissions Clouds Debate Over 9/11 Trials," New York Law Journal, March 15, 2010
  • C-Span, Washington Journal, January 23, 2010
  • National Public Radio, "Fate of Inmates Uncertain As Gitmo Deadline Passes", All things Considered, January 22, 2010
  • Devlin Barrett, "Promises, Promises: Gitmo Closing Deadline Missed", The San Francisco Chronicle, January 21, 2010
  • Farah Stockman, "Outburst Punctuates Opening of MIT Scientist's Trial", The Boston Globe, January 20, 2010
  • Devlin Barrett, "Gitmo 9/11 Suspects Heading to N.Y. Trial", U.S. News and World Report, November 13, 2009
  • National Public Radio, "Guantanamo to Close, Now What?", Where We Live, October 26, 2009
  • National Public Radio, All things Considered, September 27, 2009
  • John Bringardner, "Law Professor Proposes 'Hybrid Court' for Trying Detainees",, September 25, 2009
  • Queenie Wong, "Finding a Better Way to Prosecute Terrorists", U.S. News and World Report, August 28, 2009
  • Jeff Schechtman Interview, "How Do We Get Out of Gitmo?", August 13, 2009
  • Marc Ambinder, "The National Security Court System: An Interview With Glenn Sulmasy", The Atlantic, August 5, 2009
  • Associated Press, "Military-Civilian Terror Prison Eyed,", August 3, 2009
  • BBC/New York Public Radio, The Takeaway, August 3, 2009
  • Lara Jakes, "Yemeni at Guantanamo: Prisoner Without a Country," Washington Post, August 2, 2009
  • Associated Press, "U.S. Weighs Detainee Court at a Midwest Prison," New York Times, August 2, 2009
  • Mcjoan, "Guantanemo, Detainees, and a Never-Ending War: Where to go from here?," Daily Kos, June 14, 2009
  • Tom LoBianco, "Sotomayor Hard to Read on Security Issues," Washington Times, June 3, 2009
  • National Public Radio, “All Things Considered,” May 21, 2009
  • Carol J. Williams and Julian E. Barnes , “Military Tribunals Still Seen as Flawed,” Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2009
  • Lara Jakes, “Many Iraqis Held By U.S. to Go Free,” Associated Press, March 19, 2009
  • Nancy Benac, “Amid Obama's Change, There's Also More of the Same,” USA Today, March 1, 2009
  • Lara Jakes and Pamela Hess, "Obama Ready to Block Harsh Interrogations," Associated Press, January 17, 2009
  • Anthony L. Kimery, "Is Obama Mulling New HS Court for Terrorists?," Homeland Security Today, November 10, 2008
  • William Glaberson, "Detainee Convicted on Terrorism Changes," New York Times, November 3, 2008
  • William Glaberson, "Military Panel Sentences bin Laden Driver to Short Term," New York Times, August 8, 2008
  • Deb Reichman, "White House Says Ruling Could Free Detainees in US," Associated Press, July 4, 2008
  • William Glaberson, "Evidence Faulted in Detainee Case," New York Times, July 1, 2008
  • Matt Apuzzo, "US residents in Military Brigs? Govt. Says Its War," Associated Press, May 24, 2008
  • Anthony Kimery, "Toward A Homeland Security Court for Captured Terrorists," Homeland Security Today, July 16, 2007
  • Gary Thomas, "U.S. Detainee Policy Comes Under Fire," Voice of America: News Now, June 14, 2007
  • Adam Liptak, "The Line Between Civilian and Soldier," New York Times, June 13, 2007

  • National Security and Human Rights Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School (2007-)
  • Naval Order Award for Teaching Excellence, 2003
  • Alumni Association Achievement Award, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 2006
  • U. S. Attorney Award, 1999
  • Military Staff of Governor M. Jodi Rell 2004-
  • Connecticut Representative to the New England Regional Ocean’s Council
  • Secretary, Board of Governor’s Old Lyme Country Club
  • Cooperator, Lawrence and Memorial Hospital
  • Military awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Southwest Asian Campaign Medal

Professional Memberships:
  • Executive Committee, International and National Security Law, Center for International and Comparative Law
  • Member, Maryland Bar Association
  • Trustee, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts