Colonel (Retired) Steve Banach

Decorated Combat Veteran, Virtual War Futurist, Design Thinking Expert, Public Speaker, and Published Author.

Steve Banach has over 35 years of leadership and strategy development experience. He served with distinction in the United States Army from 1983 to 2010. Since then, he has provided executive design thinking consulting services to a diverse range of clients at a number of prestigious institutions. In his consulting services, Steve designs strategies for clients and counsels decision-makers on executive leadership development and change management. His Virtual War publications, blogs and podcast, have also drawn significant interest across the world.  His recent speaking engagements include programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the JFK School of Government at Harvard University, the Fletcher School and Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, Georgetown University, Wheaton College, the University of Iowa, the McCormick Foundation, the Greenleaf Global Servant Leadership Convention, the West Point Military Academy Systems Engineering Department, the United States Special Operations Command – Joint Special Operations University (JSOU); the United States Central Command, and the Canadian Forces College. He was also an invited guest speaker at the Virginia State Legislative Leader’s Summit.

Colonel (Retired) Banach, is a Distinguished Member of the 75th Ranger Regiment and served in that organization for nine years, culminating with command of the 3rd Ranger Battalion from 2001-2003. He led U.S. Army Rangers during a historic night combat parachute assault into Afghanistan on October 19, 2001, as the “spearhead” for the Global War on Terror for the United States of America. Steve subsequently led U.S. Army Rangers in a second combat parachute assault into Al Anbar Province in western Iraq in 2003. He also served as a Stryker Brigade Commander from 2005 to 2007 and created the Company Intelligence Support Team (COIST) concept for the U.S. Army.

He demonstrated impeccable leadership during his 27 years in the U.S. Army – a period of service that included deployments to six combat zones. He earned a Bronze Star Medal for valor in combat and a Bronze Star Medal for service to the nation. He also earned two Bronze Combat Jumps Stars.

He was an Army War College Fellow and served as the equivalent of Dean at the U.S. Army’s prestigious School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). While at SAMS he led the development of the Army Design Methodology doctrine which is a new innovative strategy development model. He earned a Master’s Degree from the U.S. Army’s Command & General Staff College and currently serves as a member of the U.S. Army Military Academy’s Department of Systems Engineering Board of Advisors at West Point. He also holds a certificate in Leadership in Crisis: Preparation and Performance from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. He is a former University of Iowa wrestler who qualified for the 1984 Final Olympic Trials and is a member of the New York State Wrestling Hall of Fame.


Book Publications:

Co-Author – “Uncommon Bonds: A Journey In Optimism”– May 2015.


Professional Publications:

2020 PODCAST: Grand Strategy: Global Entanglement and Multi-Reality Warfare,,  Leader Up – Army Management Staff College Podcast

2019 PODCAST: Educating a Hybrid Army,, Leader Up – Army Management Staff College Podcast

2019 Winning the Real War: Designing Virtual Armies. Small War Journal Publication

2018 Virtual War and Weapons of Mass Deception,  Modern War Institute, West Point Military Academy Publication, April 2018

2018 Virtual War – A Revolution in Human Affairs,  Small War Journal Publication, February 2018

2018 West Point Modern War Institute Podcast:

2018 U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command Mad Scientist Blogs.

2017 – From Reagan to Entropy: The Need for a U.S. National Technology Based Strategy.…/from-reagan-to-entropy-the-need-for-a-us-national-technology-based-strategy  Small War Journal Publication, August 2017

2017 – From 9/11 to London:  The Need For Virtual Battle Space Maneuver Doctrine.  Small War Journal Publication, June 2017

2013 – Optimizing the Integrated Planning Process. Research Report. Ft. Leavenworth: Army Research Institute. (Co-authored with COL (Retired) James Greer and Dr. Marcus Griffin).

2010 – School of Advanced Military Studies Design Student Text Edition II, with Dr. Alex Ryan 05/2010.

2009 – Educating by Design: Preparing Leaders for a Complex World, Military Review.

2009 – The Art of Design: A Design Methodology, with Dr. Alex Ryan, Military Review.

2008 – School of Advanced Military Studies Design Student Text, Edition I with Dr. Rick Swain.


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