Armstrong, Iyengar, and Schadlow Join the WOTR Editorial Family

November 5, 2015

I am happy to welcome three new Senior Editors to the War on the Rocks editorial family: B.J. Armstrong, Radha Iyengar, and Nadia Schadlow.

B.J. Armstrong is a long-time contributor to War on the Rocks. He is a naval officer and a researcher with the Laughton Naval HistoryArmstrong_BJ Unit in the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London. Armstrong has served as a search and rescue and naval special warfare helicopter pilot, the Officer-in-Charge of an amphibious helicopter gunship detachment, and in the Pentagon as a strategic analyst and staff officer. Armstrong, an award winning historian, is editor of the 21st Century Foundations series from the Naval Institute Press, which includes his books 21st Century Sims: Innovation, Education, and Leadership for the Modern Era and 21st Century Mahan: Sound Military Conclusions for the Modern Era. He is in the process of completing his doctoral studies at the King’s College London War Studies Department. His dissertation focuses on naval irregular warfare operations and concepts in the U.S. Navy and American military policy during the Age of Sail. Armstrong’s favorite drink is Zaya Gran Reserva, a 12 year-old rum from Trinidad, on the rocks.

Radha Iyengar, PhD (Princeton), recently left the Obama administration to return to the nonprofit, nonpartisanIyengar_Radha RAND Corporation as a senior economist. She served as member of the Department of Energy (DOE) Chief of Staff team and served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary at DOE. Before that, she worked as the Director for Defense Personnel, Readiness, and Partnerships on the National Security Council. Before moving to the White House in 2013, she was policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Office of Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict in the Department of Defense from 2012-2013. She has worked as an assistant professor at the London School of Economics and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at Harvard University. Read her first of many WOTR articles: “Benghazi: Questions Unasked and Opportunities Missed.” Her PhD dissertation was on empirical, quantitative evaluations of criminal justice policies including domestic violence arrest, three-strikes sentencing and federal criminal procedures. She has published extensively on counterinsurgency programs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her favorite drink is Basil Hayden, neat.


Nadia Schadlow, PhD (John Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies), is a Senior Program Officer in the International Schadlow_NadiaSecurity and Foreign Policy Program of the Smith Richardson Foundation.  She plays a strategic planning role, identifying issues that warrant further attention from the U.S. policy community, and managing programs to develop the intellectual foundation for more effective U.S. foreign and defense policies.  Schadlow has been a guest lecturer at the United States Military Academy, the U.S. Army War College, and other government and academic institutions.  She is an adjunct faculty member at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and on the editorial board of Parameters.  Dr. Schadlow has consulted for the Department of Defense and served on the Defense Policy Board from September 2006 to June 2009.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her PhD dissertation examined thirteen cases of the U.S. Army’s experiences with political and economic reconstruction.  She is the author of one of my favorite WOTR articles, “Peace and War: The Space in Between.” Schadlow’s favorite drink is the French 75.