Editors

Ryan Evans, Editor-in-Chief @EvansRyan202
Ryan Evans is a widely published commentator and recovering academic. He deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan from 2010 – 2011 as a Social Scientist on a U.S. Army Human Terrain Team that was OPCON/TACON to the British-led Task Force Helmand. He has worked as assistant director at the Center for the National Interest, a research fellow at the Center for National Policy, and for the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence in London. He is a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society and received his MA from the King’s College London War Studies Department.

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B.J. Armstrong, Senior Editor @WWATMD
B.J. Armstrong is an active duty U.S. Navy officer who is reading for his PhD in War Studies with King’s College, London. He 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. He is an award winning historian, member of the Naval Institute Editorial Board, and the 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.

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Jason Fritz, Senior Editor @JasonFritz1
Jason Fritz is a doctoral student in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology at American University’s School of Public Affairs, where his research focuses on the intersection of political violence and policing. Prior to his studies, he was a consultant and researcher on an array of national security and foreign policy issues and a U.S. Army armor officer with multiple tours in Iraq.

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Radha Iyengar, Senior Editor
Radha Iyengar, Ph.D., is a senior economist at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. 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.

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Van Jackson, Senior Editor @WonkVJ
Van Jackson, Ph.D. is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, researching the intersection of Asian security, strategy, and technology. He is also a Visiting Scholar with the Asian Studies Program in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. From 2009 to 2014, Jackson held positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as a strategist and policy adviser focused on the Asia-Pacific, senior country director for Korea, and working group chair of the U.S.–Republic of Korea Extended Deterrence Policy Committee. He was a contributor to the 2013 Strategic Choices Management Review, the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, and OSD’s implementation of the U.S. policy of rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific. He holds a PhD in world politics from the Catholic University of America. Jackson started his career in the U.S. Air Force as a Korean linguist and intelligence analyst.

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Erin Simpson, Senior Editor @charlie_simpson
Dr. Erin M. Simpson was the Chief Executive Officer of Caerus Associates, a DC-based research and analysis firm. She previously directed all of Caerus’ classified research and support to the defense and intelligence sectors. Prior to joining Caerus, Simpson served as the Strategic Advisor to ISAF’s Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team, where she regularly advised senior military commanders throughout Afghanistan. Before her deployment to Afghanistan she served as an Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Marine Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA. Simpson holds a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University and a BA in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Kansas.

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Mark Stout, Senior Editor
Mark Stout, Ph.D. is the Director of the MA Program in Global Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC. He has previously worked for thirteen years as an intelligence analyst with the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and later with the CIA. He has also worked on the Army Staff in the Pentagon and at the Institute for Defense Analyses.

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Stephen Tankel, Senior Editor @StephenTankel
Stephen Tankel, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at American University and a non-resident scholar in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Tankel has conducted field research on conflicts and militancy in Algeria, Bangladesh, India, Lebanon, Pakistan, and the Balkans. He is currently on leave, working as an Advisor for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs at the Department of Defense.

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John Bew, Contributing Editor @JohnBew
John Bew, Ph.D. is a reader (distinguished senior academic) in history and foreign policy at the War Studies Department at King’s College London. He held the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress.

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John Collins, Contributing Editor
John Collins enlisted as an Army private in 1942; retired as a colonel 30 years later; served almost 24 more years as Senior Specialist in National Defense with the Congressional Research Service; conceived, recruited, and for 14+ more years steered the Warlord Loop, a unique national security debating forum; and meanwhile authored 12 books, of which three concentrated on Special Operations.

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Lawrence Freedman, Contributing Editor @LawDavF
Lawrence Freedman, Ph.D. has been Professor of War Studies at King’s College London since 1982 and Vice-Principal since 2003. Before joining King’s he held research appointments at Nuffield College Oxford, IISS and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He was appointed Official Historian of the Falklands Campaign in 1997. A Choice of Enemies: America confronts the Middle East, won the 2009 Lionel Gelber Prize and Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature. His most recent book is Strategy: A History (OUP, 2013).

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John C. Harvey, Contributing Editor
Admiral John C. Harvey Jr. retired as Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. During his nearly 40 years of naval service as a commissioned officer, Harvey served in a variety of sea and shore billets. He was the Chief of Naval Personnel and he commanded USS David R. Ray (DD 971), USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and Cruiser-Destroyer Group Eight as part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group.

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Frank Hoffman, Contributing Editor 
Frank Hoffman, Ph.D. is a Washington-based national security analyst. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in the summer of 2001 at the grade of Lieutenant Colonel. He directed the NDU Press, which includes the journals Joint Force Quarterly and PRISM. From August of 2009 to June 2011, he served in the Department of the Navy as a senior executive as the Senior Director, Naval Capabilities and Readiness.

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John Allen (Jay) Williams, Contributing Editor @DrDzhai
Jay Williams, Ph.D. is Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Loyola University Chicago, immediate past chair and president of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS), and member of the board of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.  He is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve with Navy, Joint, and DoD staff service as a Strategic Plans Officer.

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Lauren Katzenberg, Assistant Editor @LKatzenberg
Lauren Katzenberg is the managing editor of the Task & Purpose platform powered by Hirepurpose, a New York startup that matches veterans with leading companies and careers. Previously, she was a senior project manager in Kabul from 2010 to 2012 at an Afghan-owned communications firm, where she oversaw multimedia and education projects. From 2009 to 2010, she supported the Director of Innovation and Director of Transition at the Office of Naval Research. Lauren holds a BS in journalism from Boston University, and an MA in global media and communications from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

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Usha Sahay, Assistant Editor @ushasahay
Usha Sahay is the Director of Digital Outreach at the Council for a Livable World, where she manages digital strategy and online advocacy in support of progressive national security policies. She previously served as a Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellow at the Council’s research organization, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Usha is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia University, where she studied history and international relations.

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