Col. Casey Haskins is director of the Department of Military Instruction at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, responsible for adapting military instruction to demands for more limber, creative operating methods. As profiled in the book Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, by Peter Sims, Haskins oversees military tactics courses that West Point requires cadets to take during their first three years, and a three-month summer training program that emphasizes leadership, in which he and his colleagues construct immersion experiences to prepare cadets for what they'll encounter on modern battlefields.
Haskins has commanded at every level from platoon through brigade and has served in staff positions from battalion through theater army. He has had assignments in West Berlin; Fort Polk, La.; Fort Benning, Ga.; Frankfurt and Heidelberg, Germany; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Sarajevo, Bosnia; and Baghdad, Iraq. He has served in light infantry, mechanized, air assault and ranger units, as well as in training units.
Haskins' most recent assignments include chief of strategic plans for Multi-National Force-Iraq, chief of staff for the Iraq Assistance Group, director of Combined Arms and Tactics at Fort Benning, and commander of the 198th Infantry Brigade.
Commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry from West Point in May 1982, Haskins' schools include the infantry officer basic and advanced courses, combined arms and services staff school, the command and general staff course, and a war college fellowship at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He has master parachutist wings, air assault wings, and a Ranger tab, in addition to numerous foreign parachutist and school badges.