Kevin Generous

Adjunct Faculty

Political Science

Kevin Generous is a security policy analyst, writer, consultant and university instructor at the University of Connecticut (Avery Point) where he holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and teaches courses in American politics, foreign policy analysis and international relations. He also has taught American government, foreign policy and national security policy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

His professional experience includes 25-years as a policy analyst and consultant to non-profit think tanks and government entities in Washington DC. He is author of the book, Vietnam: The Secret War (1985) and has written and published on other subjects ranging from military history, homeland security, government relations and American government decision-making. He received a Bachelors degree in International Relations (1979) and a Masters degree in Security Policy (1983), both from The George Washington University.

In addition, Kevin has served locally as an elected and volunteer municipal official in the Town of Sprague, Connecticut

His Ph.D. dissertation is entitled: Procuring Swords for Plowshares: Congressional Use of Strategic Weapons Acquisition to Influence U.S. Arms Control Negotiations.

Research Interests

American Political Institutions (Presidency and Congress)
Foreign Policy Making and American Political Institutions
U.S. Foreign Policy, National Security Policy and Grand Strategy
International Security Conflict and Cooperation
Nuclear Weapons/WMD Proliferation/Arms Control
Non-Traditional/Unconventional Warfare


  • Vietnam: The Secret War (Greenwich CT: Bison Books, 1985). A history of Vietnamese, French, and U.S. unconventional and irregular warfare in Southeast Asia, 1940-75.

Academic and Professional Presentations/Papers

  • “Congress, Weapons and Arms Control Negotiations: Exploring the ‘Functional Veto’ over Executive Federative Decision-Making.” Conference paper submitted to New England Political Science Association, 2015 Annual Conference, New Haven, CT. April 2015.
  • “Congressional Use of Strategic Weapons Acquisition to Influence U.S. Arms Control Negotiations.” Panel paper and presentation at New England Political Science Association, 2014 Annual Conference, Woodstock, VT. April 26, 2014.
  • “Balancing ‘Goliath’: Multilateral Constraints, Restraint and Consent on the Use of American Power.” Panel paper and presentation at the International Studies Association, Northeast Regional Conference, Baltimore, MD. October 3-5, 2008.
  • “Investigating Causality for Ronald Reagan’s Decision-Making at the October 1986 Reykjavik Summit.” Panel paper and presentation at the New England Political Science Association 2007 Annual Conference, Boston, MA. April 28, 2007.
  • “Student Learning Assessment for Writing in the Discipline and Critical Thinking in Political Science,” Research presentation at the North East Writing Center Association Conference: Sustenance and Sustainability in the Writing Center, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. March 31, 2007.
  • “Nuclear Weapons and U.S.-Russian Relations: Beyond the Moscow Treaty,” May 2005. Research presentation to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency/Institute for National Security Studies at DTRA-INSS Strategic Concepts Roundtable, September 14, 2005.
  • “Going SOF on Terrorism: Use of Special Operations Forces.” Paper/Panel presentation for S.A.F.E. Foundation public/community conferences (various public forums), 2004-2005.
  • “AIMS-WMD: ANSER Information Management System for Weapons of Mass Destruction,” Conference paper and panel presentation at the Institute For Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) 1995 Conference, Los Angeles, CA. April 1995.
  • “Soviet Incentives to Cooperate in a Transition to Defense Dominant Deterrence,” May 1991, Presented to the “Strategic Operations” and “Soviet Arms Control Perspectives” Working Groups, at the 59th Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Symposium, USMC West Point, NY. June 1991.
  • “Transition to Defense-Dominant Deterrence,” December 1989, Presentation and abstract published in the American Defense Preparedness Association Symposium, Strategic Defense in a Changing World, Washington, DC. March 19-21 1990.
  • “Military-Contractor Relations and Cost Overruns in Naval Shipbuilding: The 1977 Navy-General Dynamic Settlement.” Conference paper/panel presentation at the Civilian/Military Institute Conference-Proceedings, Washington, D.C. March 1989.

Other Publications/Research

  • “Are We At War Yet?” TechCentralStation, February 28, 2003. Online article,
  • “America’s Harsh Introduction to Homeland Defense,” TechCentralStation, September 18, 2001. Online article,
  • “GRINY2K: Government Relations in the Year 2000,” Association Management, American Society of Association Executives, (November 1999).
  • “Recent Developments in Soviet Naval Doctrine and Theory,” June 1991. Monograph selected as an Adelphi Paper by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) (unpublished due to evolving geopolitical developments after demise of the USSR).
  • “The Irregular War in Vietnam: Guerrillas, Special Forces and Irregulars of the Vietnam War” in The Vietnam War Almanac (World Almanac Publications, 1986).
  • “Rescue at Plei Me” in Thunder From Above: The Vietnam Experience, (Boston, MA: TIME/LIFE, Boston Publishing Co., 1984),
  • “Raid on Son Tay” in Rain of Fire: The Vietnam Experience, (Boston, MA: TIME/LIFE-Boston Publishing Co. 1985).
  • Vietnam: From Commitment to Combat, 1965. U.S. News & World Report – Books, 1982 (unpublished monograph).

Selected Awards and Citations

  • UConnSummer Research Grant, 2013, Research at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
  • S. Pinkney Tuck Fellowship, 1979-81, by Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR), for graduate studies in international affairs
  • Connecticut State Scholar and Scholarship, 1975
  • Senator Thomas J. Dodd Scholarship, 1975, for study in the field of public affairs


M.A. Security Policy Studies, The George Washington University

B.A. International Affairs, The George Washington University

Defense Acquisition Certification, Defense Systems Management College (DSMC)

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