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Ryan Evans, Editor-in-Chief @EvansRyan202
Ryan Evans is the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of War on the Rocks and the publisher of the Texas National Security Review. When he was young and didn’t know any better, he worked at various think tanks in Washington and London. He also worked as a deployed U.S. Army civilian in Afghanistan, as a part of the human terrain team assigned to the British-led Task Force Helmand. He enjoys reading good writing, talking with interesting people, and single-malt scotch.

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Usha Sahay, Managing Editor @ushasahay
Usha Sahay is the managing editor of War on the Rocks. Previously, she worked as a home page editor at the Wall Street Journal and a news editor at HuffPost. Usha was also a founding member of the War on the Rocks staff. She started her career at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, first as a Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace fellow and then as director of digital outreach. Usha is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia University.

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B.J. Armstrong, Senior Editor @WWATMD
BJ Armstrong, PhD is an Assistant Professor of War Studies and Naval History with the History Department of the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a U.S. Navy officer and 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 holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College, London and is 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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Michael Horowitz, Senior Editor @mchorowitz
Michael is a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and the associate director of Penn’s Perry World House. He recently received the 2017 Karl Deutsch Award from the International Studies Association, presented annually to a scholar under age 40 who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to the study of international relations and peace research. He is a co-author of the book Why Leaders Fight, and also authored the award-winning book, The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics. His research interests include military innovation, the role of leaders in international politics, forecasting, and the relationship between religion and international politics. Horowitz previously worked as an International Affairs Fellow in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. He is affiliated with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Center for a New American Security. He is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has held fellowships at the Weatherhead Center, Olin Institute, and Belfer Center at Harvard, where he received his PhD in Government. Horowitz received his BA in political science from Emory University.

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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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Michael Kofman, Senior Editor
Michael Kofman is a Senior Research Scientist at CNA Corporation and a Fellow at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point. His research focuses on security issues in Russia and the former Soviet Union, specializing in defense and military analysis. Previously he served at National Defense University as a Program Manager and subject matter expert, advising military and government officials on issues in Russia/Eurasia and Pakistan. He has represented the Department of Defense in track one and track two efforts, through military engagement programs and exchanges with Russian officials, Chinese, and Pakistani officials. He has worked as a researcher at the U.S. Institute of Peace, HSBC Bank, and on international science and technology cooperation programs at NASA.

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Loren DeJonge Schulman, Senior Editor @LorenRaeDeJ
Loren DeJonge Schulman is the Deputy Director of Studies and the Leon E. Panetta Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Ms. Schulman most recently served as the Senior Advisor to National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Before returning to the White House in 2013, she was Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, advising on security policy issues related to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia. She served as Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council staff from 2011­–2012, contributing to the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, overseeing development of the U.S. Security Sector Assistance Policy, and coordinating U.S.-Libya policy at the outset of military intervention. Prior to that, she worked as a special assistant to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, first supporting the Obama administration’s transition in the Department of Defense and later advising on the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, defense reform issues, and major interagency initiatives.

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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 is an assistant professor in the School of International Service at American University and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. His research interests include terrorism and counterterrorism, political and military affairs in South Asia, security cooperation, and the changing nature of alliances. He has conducted field research on conflicts and terrorism in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, and the Balkans. Tankel has also lived and worked in Egypt and studied in Syria. He is the author of numerous works, including Storming the World Stage: The Story of Lashkar-e-Taiba. His second book, which explores U.S. counterterrorism cooperation with partner nations in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, will be published in 2018. Tankel served as a Senior Advisor for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs at the Department of Defense in 2014 and frequently advises U.S. policymakers, practitioners, and intelligence analysts. He has a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London.

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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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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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