ⓘ Lennart Souchon
Lennart Souchon is a German strategist and scholar of political philosophy and military theory. He was the director of the International Clausewitz-Center at the Military Academy of the German Armed Forces and founded the Clausewitz Network for Strategic Studies in 2008. He was also a professor at the University of Potsdam and lectured at the University of Halle-Wittenberg.
1. Professional Life
Souchon joined the German Navy in 1962 Crew IV/62 and finished his Officer’s Training at Murwik Naval School in 1965. He served on Fast Patrol Boats and as Combat Information Officer on the Guided Missile Destroyer Molders. He attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and graduated as Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. with Sydney R. Parker in 1975. His dissertation was on Structures, Analysis, and Design of N-Dimensional Recursive Digital Filters.
From 1976 to 1979, he commanded the F-104 Electronic and Weapons Squadron, Naval Air Wing 2. He attended the National General/Admiral Staff Officer Course at the Military Academy of the German Armed Forces in Hamburg in 1979. After assignments in the Naval Air Division and the concept branch of the Maritime Supreme Headquarters in Bonn, he served as Deputy Commandant of the Murwik Naval School. In 1988, he went back to the Military Academy of the German Armed Forces. There he served as a lecturer for Security Policy, Commandant of the Senior Staff Courses 1995, and Dean of the Security Policy and Strategy Faculty 1999-2002. Between 1992 and 1995, he served as Director of Studies at the Federal Academy for Security Policy under president Dieter Wellershoff. From 1992 to 2004, Souchon was Director of the high-ranking German-Polish Officers Seminar in Cooperation with the European Academy in Waren and the National Defence University of Warsaw.
In parallel, he lectured at the University of Potsdam 1993-2019, focusing on the topic: Strategic Studies and Strategic Theory of the Prussian General Carl von Clausewitz. Besides, he held a teaching assignment from Suzanne S. Schuttemeyer from 2002 to 2004 at the Martin-Luther-University at Halle-Wittenberg. In 2003, he was appointed Professor by Wolfgang Loschelder, then Rector of the University of Potsdam.
Souchon is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies IISS in London and is a member of the advisory board of the Clausewitz Network for Strategic Studies CNSS. Furthermore, he is a member of the Clausewitz Society since 1981 in which he also serves as a member of the directorate and board of advisors since 1985.
- as editor, together with Hans-Adolf Jacobsen: W sluzbie pokoju. Bundeswehra 1955–1993. Translated by Cezary Eugeniusz Krol, Daniel Luliriski, and Pawel Seydak. Bellona, Warsaw 1993.
- Carl von Clausewitz. Strategie im 21. Jahrhundert. Mittler, Hamburg etc. 2012, ISBN 978-3-8132-0939-6.
- as editor, together with Charles L. Barry: Security Architecture for Europe. Based on a US-German workshop co-sponsored by the Institute for National Strategic Studies and the Federal College for Security Policy Studies. National Defense University Press, Washington, D.C. 1994.
- as editor: 26 Clausewitz-Informationen from 2000-2015.
- Neue deutsche Sicherheitspolitik. Mittler, Herford etc. 1990, ISBN 3-8132-0352-2.
- Die Renaissance Europas. Europaische Sicherheitspolitik. Ein internationales Modell. 2nd, revised edition. Mittler, Berlin etc. 1994, ISBN 3-8132-0442-1.