Adam Elkus is a PhD student in Computational Social Science at George Mason University. He has published articles on defense, international security, and technology at CTOVision, The Atlantic, the West Point Combating Terrorism Center’s Sentinel, and Foreign Policy.
Thomas Gibbons-Neff (@TMGNeff) served as an infantryman with 1st Battalion 6th Marines from 2007-2011 and participated in two deployments to Afghanistan. He is a student at Georgetown University and a deputy editor at The Hoya.
David S. Maxwell (@DavidMaxwell161) is the Associate Director of the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University. He is a retired US Army Special Forces Colonel with 30 years of service and graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies and the National War College.
Peter J. Munson (@peterjmunson) is senior vice president for preventive services and global crisis management for a private sector corporation, coming to this position after his retirement from the US Marine Corps in 2013. He is a Middle East specialist with professional proficiency in Arabic. Munson is the author of two books, War, Welfare & Democracy: Rethinking America’s Quest for the End of History and Iraq in Transition: The Legacy of Dictatorship and the Prospects for Democracy. In addition, he was past Editor of the Small Wars Journal is a frequent contributor to international relations and military professional journals.
BJ Armstrong is an active duty Naval Aviator currently serving in the Pentagon. He is the 2013 Naval History & Heritage Command Samuel Eliot Morison Scholar and a research student with the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London where he is studying naval irregular warfare in the Age of Sail. His book 21st Century Mahan: Sound Military Conclusions for the Modern Era is available from the Naval Institute Press.
J. Michael Barrett is the Principal at Diligent Innovations, a strategy consultancy for the national security and homeland security markets. A former Fulbright Scholar and Naval Intelligence Officer, Mike served as the Director of Strategy for the White House Homeland Security Council, an Intelligence Officer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Senior Analyst for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Billy Birdzell is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He served twice in Iraq, was a team leader with 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion, and is now an MA Candidate in Security Studies at Georgetown University.
Jeff Breinholt is an attorney with the Department of Justice, National Security Division. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Breinholt served as Deputy Chief of the Counterterrorism Section. In 2003, he was honored with the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security, for his work in crafting creative legal theories that resulted in the initiation of several important prosecutions in the aftermath of 9/11.
Jason H. Campbell is an Associate Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he focuses on counterinsurgency, reconciliation & reintegration, security force assistance, and post-conflict reconstruction. At the Brookings Institution, Jason served as co-author of the Iraq Index project and established the Afghanistan Index and Pakistan Index. He is a PhD Candidate in the War Studies department at Kings College London.
Dean Cheng is the Heritage Foundation’s research fellow on Chinese political and security affairs. Cheng has written extensively on China’s military doctrine, its space program, and “dual use” issues associated with the communist nation’s industrial and scientific infrastructure. He previously worked for 13 years as a senior analyst, first with Science Applications International Corp and then with the China Studies division of the Center for Naval Analyses.
Elbridge Colby is a research analyst in CNA’s Strategic Initiatives Group, where he focuses on strategic deterrence, proliferation, intelligence policy, and related issues. Previously, he served as policy adviser to the Secretary of Defense’s Representative for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), as an expert advisor to the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, as a staff member on the President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. regarding weapons of mass destruction, with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq, and with the State Department. Colby has also been an adjunct staff member with the RAND Corporation and has served as a consultant to a number of U.S. Government bodies. Colby is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.
Robert M. Collins is a 37-year veteran employee of the U.S. Department of the Army and served 31 years in various positions with the U.S. military in Korea, including several liaison positions with the Republic of Korea military. Collins is a freelance writer focusing on Korean security issues and US interests in Northeast Asia. He is the author of Marked For Life: Songbun – North Korea’s Social Classification System, published by the Committee on Human Rights in North Korea, Washington, DC.
Janice Elmore is a retired Foreign Service Officer whose 25 year career included assignments to embassies in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Bosnia, and the Sudan with a focus on political-military and law enforcement issues.
Brian Fishman is a counter-terrorism research fellow at the New America Foundation, a Fellow with the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point, and Philanthropic Engineer with Palantir Technologies. He previously served as the CTC’s Director of Research and was a professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. Fishman is the author of a number of studies on terrorism and al-Qaeda, including seminal investigations of al-Qaeda’s foreign fighters in Iraq and Iranian support for Shia militias fighting U.S. troops in Iraq. Fishman is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a founding editor of the CTC Sentinel. He has taught as an adjunct professor in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
David C. Fuquea is a professor at the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership of the U.S. Naval War College. He conducts research and writes on modern amphibious warfare and the U.S. Naval War in the Pacific, 1941-1945. He has published in numerous journals. Fuquea retired from the United States Marine Corps in August 2010 with over 29 years of active-duty service as an infantry officer. He commanded infantry units at every rank from Lieutenant to Colonel, and he also served as the U.S. Marine Exchange Officer to the British Royal Marines. His combat and contingency deployments included the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Congo, Albania, Kosovo and Al Anbar Province, Iraq. In 2012, he served as a civilian advisor to the Marine Corps Commanding General in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where his studies focus on violent non-state actors, in particular the al-Qaeda network and other salafi jihadist groups. He is the author or volume editor of twelve books and monographs, including Bin Laden’s Legacy. Daveed is also a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, and has served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)–The Hague. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in World Politics at the Catholic University of America.
Robert L. Goldich retired from a 33-year career in the Congressional Research Service in 2005. He was the senior CRS military manpower analyst when he left. Bob is currently writing a book on conscription in history, from the first human civilizations to the present.
Dave Goldich served two tours in Iraq as a Marine rifleman. He currently works for Lanmark Technology Inc., where he specializes in counter-IED solutions.
Dougie Graham, British Army (ret.) is the Director of Operations for McKinsey Advanced Healthcare Analytics. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Commanding Officer of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (2 SCOTS), during which time he took them to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a ground-holding Battlegroup.
Robert Haddick is an independent contractor at U.S. Special Operations Command. He writes here in a personal capacity. In 2014, Naval Institute Press will publish Haddick’s book on the rise of China’s military power and U.S. strategy in East Asia. From January 2009 to September 2012 he was Managing Editor of Small Wars Journal. Haddick was a U.S. Marine Corps officer, served in the 3rd and 23rd Marine Regiments, and deployed to Asia and Africa. He has advised the State Department, the National Intelligence Council, and U.S. Central Command.
T.X. Hammes is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. He served 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Matthew Hipple is a U.S. Navy surface warfare officer. A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, he is Director of the NEXTWAR blog for the Center for International Maritime Security. While his opinions may not reflect those of the United States Navy, Department of Defense, or US Government, he wishes they did.
Timothy Hoyt, Ph.D. is Professor of Strategy and Policy and Co-Chair of the Indian Ocean Regional Studies Group at the US Naval War College. He lectures and teaches there on a range of topics including strategy, terrorism, insurgency, warfare in the maritime domain, weapons of mass destruction, contemporary conflict, and South Asian security. He is a participant in Track II discussions with both India and Pakistan.
Mike A. Jacobson is a Field Artillery requirements and concepts analyst working at Headquarters, Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, VA. He is currently serving in the U.S. Army Reserve as battalion executive officer for the 437th Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Story, VA. Mike received his master’s in International Studies from Old Dominion University and has deployed to Afghanistan twice.
David Martin Jones, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland School of Political Science and International Studies.
Colonel Bob Killebrew (USA ret) writes and consults on national defense issues as a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Prior to his retirement from active duty he served for thirty years in a variety of Special Forces, infantry and staff duties.
Karl Kadon consults for a range of government clients on stability operations training strategy and interagency approaches to conflict analysis. He served four years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 2007-2011 as a ground intelligence officer and civil affairs officer. He deployed to Al Qa’im, Iraq as an intelligence advisor to the 28th Brigade Iraqi Army in 2009, and to Sangin, Afghanistan from 2010-2011 as the civil affairs team leader for 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Fwd). Karl graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007 with a BA in Political Science and History, and is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
David Kasten is a DoD Civilian serving at the Army Irregular Warfare Fusion Center (AIWFC) the Chief of Interagency Coordination. Mr. Kasten has over 28 years of U.S. Government experience gained from serving in the Department of Defense, the State Department, and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Sean Kay, Ph.D. is Director of the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs, and also Robson Professor of Politics and International Studies Chair at Ohio Wesleyan University. He also holds appointments as Mershon Associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at the Ohio State University and at the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C.
John T. Kuehn, Ph.D. is currently the General William Stofft Professor of Military History at the US Army Command and General Staff College andhas served on the faculty their since July 2000, retiring as a commander in 2004. He earned a Ph.D. in History from Kansas State University in 2007. He is the author of Agents of Innovation (2008) and co-authored Eyewitness Pacific Theater (2008) with D.M. Giangreco, as well as numerous articles and editorials. He was awarded a Moncado Prize from the Society for Military History in 2010. He flew reconnaissance and combat missions during the last decade of the Cold War, the First Gulf War (Desert Storm), Iraq and the Persian Gulf (Southern Watch), and the Balkans (Deliberate Force over Bosnia).
Thomas F. Lynch III, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Research Fellow for South Asia and the Near East at the Institute of National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He researches, writes, lectures and organizes workshops and conferences for Department of Defense customers on the topics of Pakistan, Afghanistan, India & the Subcontinent, the Gulf Arab States, counterterrorism, and the past & future trajectory of radical Islam. Lynch is a retired U.S. Army officer who served for 28 years in a variety of command and staff positions including as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff & Deputy Director of the Chairman’s Advisory & Initiatives Group; Commander of the U.S. Army War Theater Support Group in Doha, Qatar; Director of the Advisory Group for the Commander, U.S. Central Command; and Military Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. He spent 42 of 44 months from 2004-07 on assignment in the Middle East and South Asia supporting OPERATIONS ENDURING & IRAQI FREEDOM.
Myra MacDonald is a former Reuters journalist who has worked in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia. She was Chief Correspondent in France and Bureau Chief in India. After publishing Heights of Madness, a book on the Siachen war between India and Pakistan, she has focused in recent years on writing about Pakistan.
William McCants, Ph.D. is a fellow in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World of the Brookings Institution. He is also adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University and has held various government and think tank positions related to Islam, the Middle East, and terrorism. From 2009-2011, McCants served as a U.S. State Department senior adviser for countering violent extremism. He has also held positions as program manager of the Minerva Initiative for the Department of Defense; an analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for Naval Analyses, and SAIC; and a fellow at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. McCants’ book, Founding Gods, Inventing Nations: Conquest and Culture Myths from Antiquity to Islam, traces the history of cultural debate in the Middle East after the Greeks, Romans, and Arabs conquered the region.
Kathleen J. McInnis is an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Research Consultant at the Royal Institute for International Affairs and an MPhil/PhD Candidate in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Her research focuses on the national politics of defection from military coalitions. Ms. McInnis co-founded Caerus Associates LLC and served as its Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. Before co-founding Caerus, Ms. McInnis served as an Operations Director, NATO-Afghanistan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy), working for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Affairs. In that capacity, she led a USG team to establish a multinational civilian-military coordination cell at Kandahar Airfield, Regional Command-South and supported formulation of the Obama Administration’s Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy.
Bryan McGrath is the founding Managing Director of The FerryBridge Group LLC (FBG), a niche consultancy specializing in Naval and national security issues, including national and military strategy, strategic planning, executive communications, strategic communications and emerging technologies. Prior to starting FBG, Bryan founded a national security consulting line of business for Delex Systems A retired Naval Officer, Bryan spent 21 years on active duty including a tour in command of USS BULKELEY (DDG 84), a guided-missile destroyer homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. His final duties ashore included serving as Team Lead and Primary Author of the US Navy’s 2007 Maritime Strategy A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower. McGrath is an Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute and Assistant Director of the Hudson Center for American Seapower.
Steven Metz, Ph.D. has been an analyst and writer on national security politcy and military strategy for three decades specializing in American strategy, strategic futures, and insurgency. He is the author of Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy and writes a weekly column on defense issues for World Politics Review.
Peter Neumann, Ph.D. is Professor of Security Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and serves as Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, which he founded in early 2008. Neumann is a member of the editorial boards of two leading, peer-reviewed journals, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Democracy and Security, and serves as investigator for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.
Michael P. Noonan, Ph.D. is the director of the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. A former Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, in 2006- 2007 he served on a Military Transition Team (MiTT) with an Iraqi light infantry battalion in and around the northern city of Tal`Afar.
Afshon Ostovar, Ph.D. is a Project Director and Research Scientist at the Center for Strategic Studies at CNA, a not-for-profit federally-funded research organization. He was previously an Adjunct Professor in Global Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. His research focuses on security and strategic issues in the Middle East, with a specialty on Iranian strategy, armed forces, and allied entities in the region.
William Park is a Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. He was formerly Principal Lecturer at the British Joint Services Command and Staff College, Bracknell, and at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
Commander Elton C. Parker III is currently serving as the Special Assistant to the President and Military Assistant to the Provost of National Defense University. A career naval aviator, his most recent tour was as Speechwriter and Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.
Tom Quiggin is a former intelligence officer who served in Bosnia. Following uniformed service, he worked for the International War Crimes Tribunal, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. A court expert on terrorism, he has a sole author book on national security intelligence. He is a Senior Research Fellow with the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies and an Adjunct at the Royal Military College.
William Rosenau, Ph.D. is a senior research scientist at CNA’s Center for Strategic Studies, a not-for-profit federally-funded research organization. He has also worked as a political scientist at RAND; as a counterterrorism adviser at the State Department; as a senior analyst at SAIC; and as a special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict. His research interests include Cold War history and culture; the history of terrorism and counterterrorism; and domestic and international organized crime.
W. Jonathan Rue is a Senior Policy Analyst at The Punaro Group where he specializes in defense policy and budget issues. A former Marine captain, he served in Iraq as an intelligence advisor.
Kiron K. Skinner is the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. At Carnegie Mellon University, she is founding director of the Center for International Relations and Politics; university adviser on national security policy; and associate professor of political science. Her areas of expertise are international relations, US foreign policy, and political strategy. Since 2004, she has served on the Chief of Naval Operations’ Executive Panel. In 2010, Professor Skinner was appointed to the advisory board of the George W. Bush Oral History Project. In 2012, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett appointed her to his Advisory Commission on African American Affairs. During the presidency of George W. Bush, Professor Skinner served on the Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board and was a White House appointee to the National Security Education Board. Her coauthored books Reagan, in His Own Hand and Reagan, a Life in Letters were New York Times best sellers, and The Strategy of Campaigning: Lessons from Ronald Reagan and Boris Yeltsin was excerpted on the opinion page of the New York Times. Her opinion pieces appear in leading newspapers and national online outlets.
Anna Simons is a Professor of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School. She holds a PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University and an A.B. from Harvard College. She is the author of Networks of Dissolution: Somalia Undone and The Company They Keep: Life Inside the U.S. Army Special Forces. Most recently she is the co-author of The Sovereignty Solution: A Commonsense Approach to Global Security.
Stanley R. Sloan is a visiting scholar at the Rohatyn Center at Middlebury College. Over the past decade, he has taught courses on transatlantic relations and American power while lecturing regularly at the NATO College. He concluded government service as the Senior Specialist in International Security Policy at the Congressional Research Service after serving as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Europe at the Central Intelligence Agency. Stan is a graduate of the University of Maine, Columbia’s School of International Affairs, and is a distinguished graduate of the USAF Officer Training School. He has authored dozens of CRS studies, journal articles, opinion editorials and books, his most recent being Permanent Alliance? NATO and the Transatlantic Bargain from Truman to Obama (2010).
MLR Smith, Ph.D. (AKA Michael Rainsborough) is Professor of Strategic Theory at the Kings College London War Studies Department. He joined the Department in 1997 having previously been Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and International Affairs at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich and the Defence Studies Department, Joint Services Command and Staff College.
Daniel Steed, Ph.D. has recently taken up position as Lecturer in Strategy and Defence at the University of Exeter’s newly established Strategy and Security Institute. His tasks at Exeter include helping in the design and delivery of the new MA in Applied Security Strategy, under the direction of General (Rtd.) Sir Paul Newton and Professor Paul Cornish.
Christopher Swift is an Adjunct Professor of National Security Studies at Georgetown University and a Fellow at the University of Virginia Law School’s Center for National Security Law. An attorney and political scientist, his research examines the intersection between constitutional law, international law, and national security affairs.
John Thorne is a senior consultant at Diligent Innovations, a defense and national security strategy consulting firm in Washington, DC. Previously, he spent 13 months in Kandahar, Afghanistan as a civilian employee of the Department of Defense. He holds an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA from the University of Chicago.
Marc Tyrrell, Ph.D. is an Anthropologist with a research focus on the practical and philosophical grounds of how sensemaking is possible or, in other words, how do people make sense of their lives and what do they use to do it? Rather than examining the “everyday” use of symbols, he concentrates on symbol systems that developed to meet specific “breaches” in consensual reality. This has led to examining symbol systems that are “unusual” – modern Witchcraft; corporate rituals of firing, restructuring and alliances; the use of radical religious symbols in insurgencies; the interplay between music and radical action, etc. At the present time, Marc is teaching at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and is a Senior Research Fellow with the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies.
Joshua W. Walker is a Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Truman National Security Project having previously served as a Senior Adviser to the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Walker is the director of Global Programs at APCO Worldwide in the Office of the CEO, specializing in foreign policy, international affairs, and public-private partnerships.