Ed Rowe was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. After one year at Dartmouth College, he transferred to West Point, graduating in 1962. He served 30 years as an Army officer, with two combat tours in Vietnam, one tour in Germany and multiple tours in the Pentagon on the Army Staff, the Joint Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Staff.
Rowe’s specialties were armor, infantry, strategy, intelligence, contingency operations and crisis management. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Ranger Tab, Parachute Badge and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Upon retirement from the Army as a Colonel in 1992, he accepted a civilian position in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict. His specialties in this capacity include special operations forces, combating terrorism, national security policy, crisis management and interagency coordination. He retired in 2005 and moved to Burmingham, Alabama, but continues to work with his former office on a part time basis on a special project. In the fall of 2006, he was an adjunct professor at Miles College in Birmingham, teaching undergraduate International Relations, Comparative Politics and Geography.
Rowe received a master’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland in 1972 and graduated from the National War College in 1984.