Leland Liebe

Adjunct Faculty
Security Studies and International Affairs Dept
College of Arts & Sciences

Leland A. Liebe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida.  He holds a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University located in Washington, DC; a Master of Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.  His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Mortar Platoon Leader Course, Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, and the Air Assault School.  COL Liebe also graduated from the Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms Staff Service School, the Post Graduate Intelligence Program, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the NATO Staff Officer Course.

COL Liebe began his career as a rifle platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, rifle company executive officer, and headquarters company executive officer in 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  Upon transition to the Military Intelligence Corps, COL Liebe served at Fort Bragg as an 18th Airborne Corps G2 (Intelligence) Plans Officer, Brigade S2 (Senior Intelligence Officer), and Company Commander.  He then served on the personal staff of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) as the Deputy Chief of the Pentagon Liaison Office during Operation Allied Force. Following schooling at Fort Leavenworth, COL Liebe served at Ft. Hood, Texas in the 1st Cavalry Division as a G3 (Operations) Plans officer and later deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom, as the Battalion S3 (Operations) of the 312th Military Intelligence Battalion and also served as the 1st Cavalry Division G2X, where he was responsible for coordinating human intelligence, counter-intelligence, and interrogation operations throughout Multi-National Division - Baghdad (MND-B). He was then assigned to Patch Barracks, Germany and the United States European Command (USEUCOM) where his responsibilities included service as the lead J35 (Future Operations) planner for Sub-Saharan Africa and the lead J3 (Operations) strategic planner on the AFRICOM Transition Team, where he participated and led the planning efforts for the establishment of United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM). Prior to attending Senior Service College in Newport, RI, COL Liebe served as the Professor of Military Science at the University of California, Berkeley and served as the Battalion Commander for the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.  Following graduation from the Naval War College, COL Liebe served in Kabul, Afghanistan as the CJ2 Intelligence Plans Director of ISAF Joint Command. His final active-duty assignment was service as the Director of Intelligence (J2), Special Operations Command – South (SOCSOUTH) in Homestead, Florida responsible for coordinating the special operation intelligence activities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Following active service, Leland Liebe served as the Chief Operating Officer of Smartwater CSI based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and later served as the Executive Director of the MISSION UNITED program for the United Way of Broward County, supporting the veteran community of South Florida.

  • M.S. - Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College
  • M. - Master in Military Art and Science, United States Army Command and General Staff College

  • HSI 220: National Security Enterprise

Colonel, United States Army, Retired

Military Awards and Decorations

  • Legion of Merit
  • The Bronze Star (2)
  • Combat Action Badge
  • The Expert Infantryman’s Badge
  • Ranger Tab
  • Pathfinder Badge
  • Air Assault Badge
  • Parachutist Badge 
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2)
  • Meritorious Service Medal (3)
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal (2)
  • Army Commendation Medal (2)
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal (2)
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Army Meritorious Unit Award
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • NATO Medal
  • German Parachutist Badge