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Dr. Gabriel Aguilera - Department of International Security Studies
Dr. Gabriel Aguilera, Associate Professor of International Security Studies, joined the Air War College faculty in 2011. He holds an MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. He specializes in Latin American politics, comparative politics and international political economy. Previously, he has taught at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico and California State University, Chico, where he directed the International Relations Major. His two most recent publications appeared in Comparative Politics and the Harvard Review of Latin America. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the politics of civil military relations in democratic Mexico.
Col. Ronald L. Banks - Vice Commandant of the Air War College
Colonel Ronald L. Banks is the vice commandant of the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Colonel Banks attended the University of Arizona, where he was a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program. He was also a distinguished graduate of Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard AFB, Texas. Colonel Banks has served as the NORAD-USNORTHCOM Deputy Chief of Staff, Deputy J6 and J8, as well as an operations group commander, squadron commander, F-15C instructor and evaluator pilot. He is a command pilot spanning four combat deployments with more than 2600 hours to his credit, including more than 230 combat hours. Colonel Banks was deployed to Operations DESERT STORM, SOUTHERN WATCH, NOBLE EAGLE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN. He is a graduate of the School of Advanced Airpower Studies, has three master's degrees and has published works in the US and UK.
Lt Col Clayton Baskin - Department of Distance Learning
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Col. Thomas A. Bruno - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Col Thomas A. Bruno, U.S. Marine Corps, currently serves as an instructor in the Department of Leadership & Warfighting at the Air War College. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, where he earned a BS in History. After initial flight training, he was assigned as an EA-6B aircrew and served in support of numerous joint and combined operations, including Operations Deny Flight, Decisive Endeavour, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, and multiple Western Pacific unit deployments. In addition to his aviation tours, he served as the 3rd Marine Regiment Air Officer/Forward Air Controller (FAC) and as the Special Marine Air Ground Task Force 3 (MAGTF-3) Air Officer. He also served on the I & II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) staffs as the Al Anbar province Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Cell team lead. Following his assignment at the MEF, Col Bruno served as the Commanding Officer of Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 (VMAQ-4), deploying to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. He also held billets at US Transportation Command as the PACOM Branch Chief and Support Division Chief, where he supported Operations Tomodachi, Unified Protector, Juniper Micron and multiple global crises. Col Bruno is a graduate of Marine Aviation Weapon & Tactics Instructor Course, Marine Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Command & Staff College, & the Army War College's Advanced Strategic Arts Program (ASAP), where he earned a MA in Strategic Studies.
Dr. Stephen F. Burgess - Department of International Security Studies
Dr. Stephen F. Burgess is Professor, Department of International Security Studies, U.S. Air War College. His three books include South Africa's Weapons of Mass Destruction and the United Nations under Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 1992-97. He has published numerous articles, book chapters and monographs on African and South Asian security issues. He is currently conducting research on the US Rebalance to Asia with a focus on the South China Sea and US Access and Basing Issues. Dr. Burgess has taught courses on international security, peace and stability operations, and African regional and cultural studies. He is also an Associate of the U.S. Air Force Counterproliferation Center. Burgess holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University and has been a faculty member at Vanderbilt University, the University of Zambia, the University of Zimbabwe, and Hofstra University.
Mr. Andrew Chritton - State Department Advisor, Department of International Security Studies
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Lt Col Stacy Craig - Department of Distance Learning
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Col Phillippe Darcy - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Phil Darcy, USAF, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. Previously he served as Chief, Precision Engagement Division, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He was the commander of the 56th Mission Support Group, Luke AFB AZ from 2010-2012. Other previous assignments include Chief, Weapons Division, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), Washington D.C. and commander 17th Weapons Squadron, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV. He is a command pilot with more than 3,300 flight hours in the F-111 and F-15E, including combat missions in support of operations Provide Comfort, Deliberate Guard, Allied Force, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Colonel Darcy was commissioned in 1988 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University, Sacramento. He earned a Masters degree in Aeronautical Science Technology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Army War College.
Dr Mel Deaile - USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies
Dr. Mel Deaile is an adjunct professor at the U.S. Air War College and appointed to the USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies specializing in Nuclear Strategy, Nuclear Deterrence, and Nuclear Operations. As a PhD and a retired Colonel from the Air Force, he has considerable knowledge and expertise about the nuclear enterprise. The Fresno, CA native graduated with an honors degree in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988. He holds Masters degrees from Louisiana Tech University, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. In addition to his academic background, Dr Deaile served two tours in the B-52 Stratofortress and a tour in the B-2 Spirit. He has flown combat operations as part of Operations DESERT STORM and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, including a record-setting 44.3 hour combat mission, and deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Dr Deaile is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and a distinguished graduate of the USAF Weapon School. He has published in the Journal of the JPACC and the Air and Space Power Journal. His research interests are nuclear weapons and their role in national security, nuclear deterrence, nuclear operations, and organizational culture.
CDR Lee Donaldson - Department of Strategy
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Dr. Mark E. Duckenfield - Department of International Security Studies
Dr. Mark E. Duckenfield is a Professor in the Department of International Security Studies and Course Director of the Global Security curriculum. He joined the faculty of Air War College in 2009. He holds an MA and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University where he specialized in European political economy. Dr. Duckenfield's research focused on the politics of monetary integration in Britain and Germany during the run-up to the launch of the euro in 1999. Prior to coming to the Air War College, he taught at the London School of Economics from 2004 to 2009 and University College London from 2000 to 2004. He has written numerous academic articles on international political economy and is the author of the book "Business and the Euro". He has also served as editor or general editor of the volumes "A Monetary History of Gold"; "The History of Financial Disasters, 1763-1995"; and "Battles over Free Trade: Anglo-American Experiences with International Trade, 1776-2006". Duckenfield has given invited lectures on topics ranging from European economic policy, the euro to the ongoing financial crisis in the United States, Europe and Asia.
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Lt Col Randal Engberg, USMC - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Lt Col Randal S. Engberg, USMC, currently serves as an instructor in the Department of Leadership & Warfighting. He is an AH-1W pilot who began his career as an enlisted Marine in 1983 and served as an aircrewman on KC-130’s until his commissioning through the MECEP program after graduation from the Ohio State University in December 1993. His operational assignments include six peacetime and three combat deployments, both afloat and ashore. Additionally, he served as a Presidential Helicopter Pilot with HMX-1 from 2003-2007. He has over 6000 military flight hours, including more than 3700 as a pilot. During his last operational assignment LtCol Engberg served as the Executive Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 39. He came to the Air War College from USNORTHCOM where he served as a Current Operations Civil Support Plans Officer.
COL James Erbach - Department of International Security Studies
Colonel Jim Erbach, USA, is an Army aviation branch officer with a logistics background and is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of International Security Studies. Previously, he served as the Chief of Operations Group F, Mission Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, KS. He commanded the 601st Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division. Other assignments include Deputy Brigade Commander, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade; the Army G4 (aviation) staff; HQ Training and Doctrine Command G3 staff; battalion executive officer and as a battalion operations officer, 2nd Infantry Division; HQ Combined Arms Support Command developing logistics automation; the 19th Theater Support Command and 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division as a maintenance officer and company commander; and the Berlin Brigade as an operations officer. His deployments include Operation Joint Forge, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. COL Erbach was commissioned through ROTC as a Distinguished Military. He holds a Masters in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
Col. Mark Fassl - Department of International Security Studies
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Dr. Bert Frandsen - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Dr. Bert Frandsen is the course director of the Air War College's Warfighting Course in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. His areas of interest include operational art and design, and campaign planning. He is also the Exercise Director for Global Challenge, a one-week capstone exercise conducted at the end of the academic year involving all faculty and students. In addition to developing curriculum and teaching the Warfighting Course, he instructs the Joint Land, Air, Sea, and Space (JLASS) exercise, a two-term elective that culminates in a joint wargame involving most of the senior service colleges at Maxwell AFB. Dr. Frandsen’s research interests include campaign design, air mindedness, and lessons learned from recent conflicts, including OEF and OIF. His publications include the book, Hat in the Ring: The Birth of American Air Power in the Great War (Smithsonian Books, 2003/2010), which was selected in 2013 for Chief of Staff of the Air Force Reading List.
Lt Col "Buzz" Freedman - Department of Distance Learning
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Lt. Col. John T. Glassell - Department of Distance Learning
Lt. Col. John Glassell is a Distance Learning instructor, where he provides curriculum and program guidance for more than 8,000 senior level DoD and international students enrolled in the AWC distance learning program. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1985 and received his commission in 1989 from Officers Training School. He has served in various maintenance assignments on C-130, C-141, C-5, C-17, E-3 and KC-135 aircraft. Prior to assuming his current duties he was the Deputy Commander, 6 Maintenance Group, MacDill AFB. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Northwest Missouri State University in 1984. He also has a Master of Science degree in Business Management from Troy University.
Dr. Amit Gupta - Department of International Security Studies
Dr. Amit Gupta specializes in international security issues, the politics of globalization, Indian and Australian politics, media and politics, and popular culture and politics.
Col. Jim Hamilton - Mobility Chair, Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel James D. Hamilton is an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. He has commanded at the Squadron and Group levels and has also served in staff positions at Headquarters Alaska Command, United States Transportation Command, and Eighteenth Air Force’s Tanker Airlift Control Center. His most recent assignments include duties as the U.S. Transportation Command Liaison to U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command, and the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe; Commander, 816th Contingency Response Group; and Director of Operations, Tanker Airlift Control Center. He served in multiple combat support and combat operations from JUST CAUSE to ENDURING FREEDOM. Hamilton received his commission through the ROTC program at Boston University in 1986 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Bridgewater State College, and Masters Degrees from Wilmington University (MPA), Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. Hamilton is a Command Pilot with more than 3000 hours in airlift and tanker aircraft.
Col Jason Hanover - CAF Chair, Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Jason Hanover, a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, is the Combat Air Forces Chair at Air University and an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. Previously, he commanded the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Forces Central, executing missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Enduring Freedom, and Resolute Support. Prior commands include the 563rd Rescue Group and 71st Rescue Squadron. For eleven years, he served in Special Operations flying missions in support of Plan Columbia, Operation Joint Guardian, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His staff assignments include Joint Special Operations Command, as well as NATO SOF Headquarters. He also served for five years in Air Force Rescue under Air Combat Command. Among Colonel Hanover's many decorations are the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor and one oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. He received the Lt. Gen. William H. Tunner Award in 2002 for actions in the opening days of Operation Enduring Freedom and the James Jabara Award for Airmanship in 2004 in recognition of his outstanding combat service in Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Hanover is a 2005 graduate of Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and a 2006 graduate of Joint Forces Staff College. He was a National Defense Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy in 2011. Education: M.B.A., Loyola Marymount University; B.S., U.S. Air Force Academy
Gp Capt Shaun Harvey - Royal Air Force Advisor, Department of Strategy
Group Captain Harvey has been a communications engineer in the Royal Air Force for 25 years and has held a wide variety of command and staff appointments in radar, space operations and cyber operations. As well as tours across the United Kingdom, he has served with NATO in Italy, the RAF in Germany and on the USAF Air Staff at the Pentagon. He has experience in plans and policy at the operational and strategic levels from tours at the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters and Ministry of Defense where he was intimately involved in planning and directing the UK’s joint operations across the world, including those in Iraq and Afghanistan. Harvey has an MBA from the Open University, an MA in Defense Studies from Kings College London and in 2011, was appointed as a Chief of the Air Staff Fellow. He read an MPhil at Reading University with Professor Colin S. Gray and wrote on the Utility of Cyber Power. During this time, he also wrote the UK chapter in “A Fierce Domain,” an Atlantic Council book on the history of cyber conflict. Promoted group captain in 2012, he was the Deputy Director of Programs for the UK’s Information Systems and Services organization (similar to DISA in the USA). He was then selected to be the Air University RAF Liaison Officer and in preparation, attended Air War College (AWC) in residence in 2014/15. He graduated with an MStrat from the Grand Strategy Seminar at AWC in May 2015 and joined the Strategy Department to begin his teaching duties.
Dr. Christopher Hemmer - Dean of the Air War College
Christopher Hemmer is a Professor of International Security Studies and the Dean of the Air War College. Before joining the War College he taught at Cornell University and Colgate University. He received his Ph.D. in 1998 from the Department of Government at Cornell University with a specialty in international relations. He received his BA from the State University of New York at Albany, where he majored in political science and minored in psychology. His principal teaching and research interests are American foreign policy, political psychology, and Middle East politics. He is the author of, Which Lessons Matter? American Foreign Policy Decision Making in the Middle East, 1979-1987 (State University of New York Press, 2000). His recent articles include, “The Lessons of September 11th, Iraq, and the American Pendulum” Political Science Quarterly 122,2 (Summer 2007): 207-238; “Responding to a Nuclear Iran” Parameters 37,3 (Autumn 2007): 42-53; “Balancing, Bonding, and Balking: The European Union, the United States, and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process” Mediterranean Quarterly 21,2 (Spring 2010): 47-60 and “Continuity and Change in the Obama Administration’s National Security Strategy” in Comparative Strategy 30,3 (2011): 268-277.
Col. Kevin D. Hendricks - Department of Strategy
Col. Kevin D. Hendricks, U.S. Army, is an adjunct staff officer. He has commanded at the Battalion and Squadron level, and is selected for an Army Brigade level Command. He recently served as Chief of Operations, Future Brigade Command, Ft Bliss, Texas. He is a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger with multiple combat tours and Pathfinder and Air Assault qualification. He is a United States Military Academy graduate with degrees in Engineering and Geography, as well as holding Masters in International Strategic Studies and Military Arts and Science, and a graduate of the School of Advanced Military Studies and Air War College.
Dr. Howard M. Hensel - Department of Strategy
Dr. Howard M. Hensel is Professor of Politico-Military Affairs at the Air War College, having served as a Professor on the faculty since 1986. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Hensel has most recently served as the Director of Strategy from 2006 to 2009; Academic Director of the Air War College's Electives Program from 1997 to 2001; and Director of Strategy from 1994 to 1995. He has also taught at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the Naval Postgraduate School, the University of Virginia, and the Marine Command and Staff College. He received his B.A. degree in History from Texas A&M University in 1968, his M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1971, and his PhD in Government from the University of Virginia in 1976. Hensel has authored and edited several books and articles, as well as served as the Editor of the Series on Justice, International Law and Global Security, as well as the Military Strategy and Operational Art Series for Ashgate Publishing Company. His areas of specialization include: international relations, comparative government, Russian and Soviet area studies, military history and strategy, political philosophy, and the law of armed conflict.
Dr. Roy F. Houchin II - Department of Strategy
Dr. Roy F. Houchin II joined the faculty of the Air War College Department of Warfighting in 2006 following his retirement from active duty with the Air Force. He has taught previously at the School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Air Command and Staff College and in the Department of History at the U.S. Air Force Academy. While on active duty, Houchin served as Director of Operations and Chief, Combat Operations, 607th Combat Operations Squadron, Osan, South Korea. He also held various air battle management assignments in the Tactical Air Command, Air Force Space Command, Air Combat Command and Headquarters USAF. He is the author of U.S. Hypersonic Research and Development: The Rise and Fall of Dyna-Soar, 1944-1963, Taylor and Francis Publishing, 2006, several chapters in edited works and numerous articles in professional journals. He is the Military Space editor for Quest: the History of Spaceflight Quarterly. Houchin holds a B.A. and M.A. from Western Kentucky University, and a Ph.D. from Auburn University. His areas of interest and expertise are history of technology and military history, particularly space and World War I, as well as airpower history, theory and doctrine.
Dr. Kimberly Hudson - Department of International Security Studies
Dr. Kimberly Hudson is Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Science in the Department of International Security Studies at the Air War College. She received her Ph.D in Political Science (subfields: International Relations and Political Theory) from Brown University in 2008, and joined the faculty of Air University in January, 2009. Her research and teaching centers on questions of justice and military force. She is the author of Justice, Intervention, and Force: Re-assessing Just War Theory in the 21st Century, which focuses on the moral dilemmas surrounding armed humanitarian intervention, and evolving norms surrounding state sovereignty and legitimacy. Her current research and teaching focuses on two distinct areas: ethics, law, and future issues related to remotely piloted, unmanned, and autonomous weapons systems; and regional security in the Balkans. In addition to teaching at Air War College, Dr Hudson has served as a Department Chair in the Air Force Culture and Language Center, and she has taught seminars/lectured by invitation at (among others): the USAF Special Operations School at Hurlburt Field; National Training Center at Ft Irwin, CA; Naval Special Warfare Center (SEAL PME) in Coronado, CA; Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA; and the Counterinsurgency Training Center at Camp Julien, Afghanistan. She is available to advise research on topics related to: genocide, armed humanitarian intervention, just war theory, international ethics, and military ethics, especially as related to political and/or ethical issues surrounding: remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), unmanned weapons systems, autonomous lethal targeting, bio-tech/human performance enhancement, international law and space, ethics in the profession of arms, and private military firms.
Col David Jeffery - Space Chair, Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel David S. Jeffery is the Air Force Space Command Chair and Instructor of Leadership and Warfighting at Air War College. Colonel Jeffery received his commission through Officer Training School and has served in a variety of nuclear enterprise and missile operations, homeland defense, continuity of operations, training, education, technology innovation, electronic communication; and staff positions at United States Northern Command, United States Strategic Command, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, and Air University.
Col. Barry G. Jones - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Barry G. Jones is a U.S. Army Special Forces officer assigned to the Department of Leadership and Warfighting at the Air War College. He started his military career as an Infantry officer assigned to the 25th Infantry Division (Light). He completed Special Forces Training in 1996 and since that time has served in numerous command and staff positions within the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (Airborne), and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). He graduated from the Air War College in 2012 and was assigned to the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan (SOJTF-A). He came to the faculty of the Air War College in 2013. He has deployed multiple times to combat and to numerous countries conducting theater engagement. Colonel Jones received his Army commission from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Air War College.
Lt Col Kenneth Jones - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Lt Col Ken Jones, USAF, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Joint Strategic Leadership and Warfighting Department. He was previously assigned to the Joint Staff J5 as an action officer in the Joint Operational War Plans Division. During his time he managed the USCENTCOM, USSOCOM, USSTRATCOM portfolios, and worked Adaptive Planning issues. Prior to his arrival, he was the 763 Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron Commander, Al Udeid AB, Qatar. He was responsible for over 200 personnel accomplishing a broad spectrum of reconnaissance and electronic warfare support missions in the CENTCOM AOR. Lt Col Jones attended CGSC, and then SAASS, and was Chief ISR-EW Systems Division, in the Community ELINT Management Office (CEMO). Lt Col Jones graduated from Florida State University in 1994 and entered military service that same year through the Air Force ROTC program. He is a graduate of the USAF RC-135V/W Weapons Instructor Course and a distinguished graduate from Squadron Officers School. Lt Col Jones is an Electronic Warfare Officer with more than 2,500 flying hours, including 1153 combat support/combat hours flying in operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and sensitive reconnaissance operations.
Mr. Gene Kamena - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Professor (Col. Ret.) Gene Kamena is the course director for the Joint Strategic Leadership Course at the Air War College. He has published numerous articles in the area of leadership, ethics and mentoring. He previously served as the Chief of the Army Advisory Group and Senior Army Advisor to the Air University Commander. Kamena was commissioned a 2LT of Infantry in 1979 and has commanded from the platoon to the Brigade Combat Team level. His most significant assignments include Commander of the 2d Brigade Combat Team in Baumholder Germany, Director of Staff for U.S. Space Command at Peterson AFB, Chief of Staff for Northern Command at Peterson AFB, Chief of Staff for the 1st Infantry Division at Wurzburg Germany and Tikrit Iraq, Director of all Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. leader for an Iraqi Commando brigade, Chief of the Force Synchronization Division for ARCIC at Fort Monroe. The professor is a Graduate of Auburn University, the Army War College at Carlisle PA, Advanced Space Operations Course, and holds a Master of Military Arts and Science degree. His expertise are focused in the areas of senior leadership, ethics, Joint Warfighting, and Command and Control.
Col Shelley Kavlick - AF Reserve Advisor
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Dr. Alexander N. Lassner - Department of Strategy
Dr. Alexander N. Lassner is a faculty member in the Department of Strategy and Academic Director for the Grand Strategy Program. He holds an MA and Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University where he specialized in modern military and central European history. As a Fulbright scholar in Austria, and, thereafter, as a Presidential Fellow at OSU, Lassner's research focused on foreign affairs and international security policies in Europe during the Interwar Period from 1920 to 1938. Prior to coming to the Air War College, he worked as a consultant to the Mershon Center for International Security and Foreign Policy Studies, and as an Assistant Professor of Comparative Military Studies at the Air Command and Staff College. During this period he published numerous articles and essays on modern military history, co-edited a book on the Dollfuss and Schuschnigg era in Austria, and undertook various research projects. Lassner has lectured at major conferences in the United States, and by invitation in Italy and Austria. During summer of 2005, Lassner taught courses in modern military history while a Visiting Professor of History at the International Summer School in Innsbruck, Austria. He is currently revising his manuscript on European foreign and security policies in the 1930s for publication.
CAPT Randy Lovell - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Captain Lovell currently teaches in the department of leadership and warfighting. Captain Lovell enlisted in the Navy July 1982. Following completion of the enlisted nuclear power training pipeline, he was selected for the NECP commissioning program receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Texas. He attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, earning his commission in May 1987. Following commissioning, CAPT Lovell completed nuclear officer specialty training and Surface Warfare Officer’s basic course in Newport, RI. He reported to USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and served as Reactor Controls Division Officer from May 1989 to December 1991, qualifying Surface Warfare officer and nuclear engineer. His tour included operations in the Red Sea during DESERT SHIELD. Following this tour he served as the enlisted division director for the Electrical/Electronic curriculum at Nuclear Power Training Command in Orlando, FL. Next CAPT Lovell served as Combat Systems Officer on USS THORN (DD 988). While assigned to THORN he completed a SOUTHCOM counter-drug deployment. He next served on USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) as the Reactor Electrical Assistant. In August 1998, CAPT Lovell reported to Naval Sea Systems Command 08, Naval Reactors. He completed a two-year tour as the director’s surface operations and engineering aide. He next served as Executive Officer on USS SIMPSON (FFG 56). Following his XO assignment he completed the Marine Corps Command and Staff college earning his masters in Military Studies and JPME phase one. On his way to US Joint Forces Command, Norfolk Virginia he completed the Joint Forces Staff College curriculum for JPME phase two. He served in the J3/4 Directorate from September 2003 to August 2005 as the J34 JOPES deployment division director. CAPT Lovell served as Commanding Officer of USS KLAKRING (FFG 42). His tour included a successful Counter-Narcotics Terrorist deployment resulting in three drug seizures and three tons of illegal drugs. Following command at sea, Captain Lovell served as the first surface warfare officer assigned as Commanding Officer of the Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa, New York and then as the division director for Senior Ship Officer Material Readiness Course at SWOS, Newport. His last assignment was Deputy Commander for DESRON FOUR ZERO and the interim Chief of Staff for FOURTH FLEET. CAPT Lovell is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the Joint Forces Staff College and a joint qualified officer.
COL David Luders, USA - Department of Strategy
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Mr. Kevin Madden - Department of International Security Studies
Mr. Kevin Madden is the Defense Intelligence Advisor to Air University. He is responsible for representing the Agency and instructing and researching across the University’s institutions on relevant security issues. Mr. Madden previously served as the Deputy Director for Strategic Assessments, Target Intelligence, Plans and Exercise in U.S. Forces Korea. In this capacity he authored the “Threat Assessment of Korea” and played key roles in the development of critical intelligence assessments, operational and targeting plans, and exercise scenarios. Prior, Mr. Madden served more than 29 years as a U.S. Army Armor/Cavalry and Northeast Asia Foreign Area Officer, retiring as a colonel in 2011. He served as the Defense and Army Attaché to the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea during a volatile period which included North Korea’s attack on the Republic of Korea Navy Ship Cheonan and shelling of Yeongpyeong Island. Previously he served as the 55th Chief of JUSMAG-K, managing more than US$12 billion in Foreign Military Sales programs while supporting over US$12 billion in Direct Commercial Sales. During this period Mr. Madden was responsible for drafting and advocating for the eventual passage of H.R. 7177-4 which gave the Republic of Korea equal status to NATO members for defense acquisition. Mr. Madden also served as the Secretary, UNCMAC in Panmunjom and Seoul where he negotiated with North Korea’s military and managed the Demilitarized Zone. A specialist in Northeast Asia and Korea affairs and the US-ROK security alliance. Mr. Madden lived and worked in South Korea for over nineteen years and traveled extensively throughout Asia, including China and North Korea. As the Senior Country Director for Korea and Japan, he served as the primary advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Korea and Japan affairs, and played an active role in the interagency policy process. He also served as the Executive Officer to the Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff where he assisted on global joint strategic planning, military strategy, politico-military matters, security assistance and policy, maritime affairs, arms control, disarmament, integration of all-source intelligence, international drug interdiction and international negotiations during initial operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr. Madden lectured and wrote on North Korea’s military, Northeast Asian security affairs, and joint operational warfare at the US Army’s Command and General Staff College, earning Instructor-of-the-Year honors. Mr. Madden is a Senior Service College Graduate and completed numerous other military courses including the Australian Command and Staff College and U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare Course. He served Senior Fellowships at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and Korea Institute for Defense Analysis. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Canberra and University of Washington. Mr. Madden served as the editor of the KIDA Papers and is published in the Far Eastern Economic Review and Korean-American Historical Society Occasional Papers. Mr. Madden is a recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the only foreigner to have been twice decorated by the President of the Republic of Korea with the Order of National Security Merit.
Lt Col Kelley Marcell - Department of International Security Studies
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CAPT Christopher Martin - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Captain Christopher T. Martin, U.S. Navy, is a Naval Aviator who flew primarily the E-2C Hawkeye. Enlisting in the Navy in January 1984, he served as an Aviation Electronics Technician, Air Warfare qualified, before being selected for a fleet NROTC scholarship. He and subsequently attended Auburn University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management. Upon completion of flight school in 1995, he was designated a Naval Aviator. His Junior Officer assignments included tours in VAW-120, VAW-121 and VAW-124 and as Air Wing Landing Signal Officer for Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN. In September 2008, Commander Martin reported to the Liberty Bells of VAW-115 as the Executive Officer and subsequently as Commanding Officer making multiple deployments onboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON. During his tour as Commanding Officer, the squadron successfully transitioned to the Hawkeye 2000, was recipient of the Naval Air Forces Battle Efficiency Award, the Commander Air Control and Logistics Wing Safety “S” Award and the Golden Anchor Award for retention. He recently served in a joint assignment as an interagency representative for U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), representing SOUTHCOM at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department in Washington, D.C. He has made numerous deployments on the USS SARATOGA, USS JOHN C. STENNIS, USS EISENHOWER and USS JOHN F. KENNEDY. Captain Martin is a Joint Qualified Officer whose academic background includes the Naval War College where he earned a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He has accumulated over 3,000 hours and 400 carrier arrested landings.
Mr. Al Mauroni - USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies
Mr. Al Mauroni is an adjunct professor at the U.S. Air War College and the Director, U.S. Air Force Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies. He has more than 27 years experience in DoD countering weapons of mass destruction (C-WMD) policy and program development. He has developed and coordinated joint concepts, strategic plans, information papers, budget analyses, and related briefings within the areas of passive defense, consequence management, and homeland defense/civil support. Over his career, he has worked C-WMD issues for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mr. Mauroni served as a U.S. Army chemical officer for seven years before leaving active duty in 1992. He holds a master's degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Carnegie-Mellon University. He is the author of six books and more than two dozen articles.
Col. Jimmy Lee McConico, U.S. Army Advisor - Department of International Security Studies
Col Jimmy L. McConico, U.S. Army, is an instructor in the Department of International Security Studies where he teaches Global Security. Since his commission in 1987, he has served in a number of leadership assignments including command of military police organizations at company and battalion level. Prior to his arrival at the Air War College, he served as Provost Marshal for Eighth United States Army, United States Forces-Korea. Other key staff assignments include Military Police Force Manager for U.S. Army Forces Command which provided Army forces to support global requirements of combatant commanders; Operations Officer for Joint Task Force 134 (Detainee Operations), Multi-National Forces / United States Forces-Iraq; and Plans Officer for the Protection Directorate, U.S. Army Central. Colonel McConico is a senior Military Police Officer with over 26 years of operational experience. His significant deployments include Operation Nimrod Dancer and Operation Just Cause, Panama; Operation Enduring Freedom, Kuwait; and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina; a Master’s Degree is Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, Los Angeles, California; and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
CAPT Patrick McCormick - CJCS Chair, Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Captain Patrick J. McCormick, U.S. Navy, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, and serves as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair to Air University. He is a Naval Flight Officer with over 3,000 hours in the P-3C Orion and P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft. He enlisted in the Navy in 1987 and was commissioned an Ensign through the NROTC program in 1992. After squadron tours in VP-10, VP-30, VP-47, and serving as a Catapult Officer on USS JOHN F. KENNEDY, in 2006 he reported to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Air Warfare Directorate (N88), as Deputy P‐3/P‐8 Requirements Officer and as the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System Requirements Officer. In 2008 he commanded Consolidated Maintenance Organization ELEVEN (CMO-11) where he received the Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN Leadership Award, and the Lockheed Martin Golden Wrench for excellence in aviation maintenance. In 2009 he reported as the Readiness Chief (J32) at United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). In 2013, following Army training at Ft. Polk, LA, he deployed to Afghanistan as a Combat Advisor for the 6th Brigade Afghanistan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP). In 2014 he served as the Assistant Officer in Charge for the P‐8A Fleet Integration Team managing the Navy’s P‐3C to P‐8A transition. He holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Jacksonville University,
CAPT Russell McLachlan - Chief, Naval Advisory Group, Department of Strategy
Captain McLachlan is the Chief of the Navy Advisory Group at Air University and a member of the Department of Strategy at Air War College. He is a naval flight officer with more than 2,300 hours in the E-2C Hawkeye. He held key positions in the Navy Personnel Command and served onboard USS George Washington as the Assistant Navigator. After numerous squadron tours, deployments and squadron command, he left the carrier community in 2006 and served within Joint Forces Command as the Emergent Requirements Lead in the Global Force Management community. The Navy selected him for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff AfPak Hands Program in 2009; he deployed in 2010 as the in-theater Afghan Hands Management Element Director in Kabul, Afghanistan. He most recently served as the lead for Strategy and Plans within the Future Joint Force Development Directorate, Joint Staff J-7 focused on joint concept development and implementation. CAPT McLachlan was commissioned in 1987 at Auburn University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business, attended the Air Command and Staff College and obtained a Masters in International Relations from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1999.
Col. Anthony Meeks - Air Force Material Command Chair and Director of the USAF Center for Strategy and Technology (CSAT)
Colonel Meeks is assigned to Air University as the Air Force Material Command Chair and as the Director of the Central for Strategy and Technology, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Colonel Meeks began his Air Force career as a graduate of Air Force ROTC while at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. His first assignment was Los Angeles AFB where his job was integrating space capabilities into operational combat plans and exercises. His second assignment was in Air Force Special Operations Command, continuing space integration, battle management, and command and control. After a stint teaching at Squadron Officer School, Lt Col Meeks transferred to the National Reconnaissance Office, working Special Programs and Legislative Affairs. Following a return to Maxwell AFB for Air Command and Staff College with a Political Affairs concentration, he went to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency working counter-proliferation issues. Col Meeks worked a special program for the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence before being selected as a Material Leader. His command assignment was at Los Angeles, running the Wideband Global SATCOM program. Col Meeks' bachelor is in Engineering Physics and he has three master's degrees (Aerospace Technology also from Embry Riddle, Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College, and Master of Strategic Studies from Air War College).
Lt Col. David C. Meyer - Department of Distance Learning
Lt. Col. David C. Meyer is a Distance Learning instructor at Air War College. Since his commission from OTS in 1995, he has held a variety of acquisition and technology positions for both airbreathing and space vehicles, including: requirements systems engineer for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program office; B-1B engineering flight OIC for the 28th Logistics Support Squadron; spacecraft engineering OIC for 1st Space Operations Squadron supporting four satellite constellations including DSP and GPS; 50th Space Wing current plans and programs OIC; electronic warfare Improvements and Modernization deputy for the 412th Test Wing; and both National Hover Test Facility director and Spacecraft Propulsion Directorate deputy at the Air Force Research Laboratory. In March 2009, he was deployed to southern Iraq and led a six-person quality assurance team for Defense Contract Management Agency. In April 2011, he was deployed to Bagram AB Afghanistan as a Stability Operations Officer on the CJTF-1 staff. Most recently, he served at the Air Force Inspection Agency as both Nuclear Inspection Analysis Chief and Inspection Division Chief where he directed a seven-member team to conduct top-level, Air Force-wide Baldrige-type management inspections. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Ohio State University and a Master of Science degree in Technology Management from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Mr. Thomas Minehart - Department of International Security Studies
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Col. Clinton Mixon - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Clinton Mixon serves as a Seminar Director assigned to the Leadership and Warfighting Department as well as instructing National Security Decision Making courses. He entered the Air Force with a regular commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1993, graduating with a B.S. in Political Science. In addition, he earned a Master of Arts from the Naval Post Graduate School in Security Studies as well as a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a master navigator with over 2,700 hours in the F-15E serving as Operations Group Commander, Squadron Commander, Evaluator, Instructor, Weapons Officer, Flight Commander and Headquarters USAFE Staff Officer with over 10 years of NATO experience. He has over 840 hours of combat time during Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, NORTHERN WATCH, ALLIED FORCE, NOBLE EAGLE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, ODYSSEY DAWN/UNIFIED PROTECTOR and operations with a Counter Terrorism JSOTF. He also served as Deputy Chief Combat Targets Division, United States Cyber Command.
COL Dwight R. Morgan – Department of Leadership and Warfighting
COL Dwight R. Morgan, US Army, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. He started his military career as an Air Defense Artillery officer assigned to the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss, Texas. He deployed multiple times to combat as an Air Defense Officer serving in HAWK and PATRIOT units. He completed the Telecommunications Systems Engineer Course in 2000 and transitioned to the Signal Corp. He graduated from the Army War College in 2011 and his most recent assignments were with Joint Functional Component Command for Network Warfare (JFCCNW) as a Cyber Planner and the Defense Information Systems Agency as Deputy Chief Information Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina; A Master’s Degree in Telecommunication Management from Webster’s University, St Louis, Missouri and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Dr. James A. Mowbray - Department of Strategy
Dr. James Arthur Mowbray is Professor of Strategy, Doctrine, and Airpower, in the Department of Strategy at Air War College. He has a Ph.D. from Duke University, an M.A. from Wayne State University. His publications include articles in Encyclopedia of World Biography and papers on Royal Air Force Strategy, Air Force Doctrine, and airpower in World War II. His previous teaching experience includes Auburn University at Montgomery, Troy University at Montgomery, Northrop Services, Inc., and Webber College. He is currently at work writing "Seven League Boots," The Seventh Army Air Force at War in the South, Central, and Western Pacific Ocean Areas, 1 November 1940-3 September 1945, and Atlas of the Pacific Air War, 1940-45 with Professor (Emeritus Air War College) Armin Ludwig.
Dr. Dawn Murphy - Department of International Security Studies
Dr. Dawn Murphy, Assistant Professor of International Security Studies, joined the Air War College faculty in 2015. She specializes in Chinese foreign policy and domestic politics, international relations, and comparative politics. Her current research analyzes China’s interests, identity and behavior as a rising global power towards the existing international order. Specifically, she examines China’s relations with the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa and is writing a book titled "Rising Revisionist? China’s Evolving Relations with the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa in the post-Cold War Era." The book project is based on field work conducted as a Visiting Scholar with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China; a Visiting Research Fellow with the American University in Cairo, Egypt; and a Visiting Researcher at Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Chinese Studies in South Africa. Murphy holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and Ph.D. in Political Science from George Washington University. Her previous academic appointments include Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University.
Col Paul Nelson - AF Surgeon General Chair, Department of International Security Studies
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Col Duane Opperman - Marine Corps Advisor, Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Duane A. Opperman, USMC, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. He is a Marine Aviator and UH-1 Pilot, with further designations as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor and holds secondary MOS’ as an Infantry Officer and Information Operations Officer. He has served in combat in Albania, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. As a Naval Aviator, and UH-1 pilot, he served in a variety of both tactical and support units holding all major Department Head positions, to include Executive Officer of HMM-365(+), and XO MCAS New River. Contingency and combat assignments include Operations SILVER WAKE, PROVIDE PROMISE, DENY FLIGHT, ENDURING FREEDOM, and four tours in IRAQI FREEDOM. Key Staff assignments include; Future Ops Officer and Deputy G-3 2D MAW, Team Chief J34 Joint Information Operations Center/USSTRATCOM; J3IO for TF/JSOC, and G3IO I MEF(FWD). Col Opperman has accumulated over 5000 hours as a Marine Corps UH-1N and UC-12B/W pilot.
Dr. David Palkki - Department of Strategy
David Palkki is an Assistant Professor in the Air War College’s Department of Strategy. He has taught political science and international affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Texas A&M University, Brigham Young University, and the University of California Washington Center. In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. Palkki has held positions with the Council on Foreign Relations, National Defense University (NDU), Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), Central Intelligence Agency, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs, and House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee. He is co-editor of The Saddam Tapes: The Inner Workings of a Tyrant’s Regime, 1978-2001 (Cambridge University Press), for which he and his colleagues received IDA’s first Larry D. Welch Award for Best External Publication. He has also published articles on Iraq in International Security and Diplomatic History and chapters on Libya, Iran, and Iraq by Cambridge University Press and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Dr. Palkki has received financial support for his research from the National Science Foundation, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Stanton Foundation, Scowcroft Institute, and Defense Threat Reduction Agency, among other sources. Dr. Palkki’s research and teaching interests focus on deterrence and coercive diplomacy, nuclear weapons, grand strategy, Middle Eastern security affairs, and U.S. national security policy. He has a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA.
Col. Charles W. Patnaude - Global Strike Chair, Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Charles W. Patnaude, USAF is the Air Force Global Strike Chair to Air University and serves as a Seminar Director for the Air War College. Colonel Patnaude is a master navigator with over 3000 hours in the B-52 and he has commanded at both the Squadron (to include combat) and Group levels. He served during both Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. Colonel Patnaude's staff assignments include a tour at USSTRATCOM where as a theater plans analyst he focused on counterproliferation and enemy WMD attacks. He was also the Chief, Combat Operations at the 603d Air and Space Operations Center, Ramstein, Germany, serving as the focal point for executing all USEUCOM air and space operations. Colonel Patnaude's most recent assignment was as a faculty instructor and Director, Strategic Leadership, at the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA. Colonel Patnaude was commissioned through the ROTC program at Boston University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He holds Masters degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.
Dr. Douglas C. Peifer - Chair, Department of Strategy
Dr. Douglas C. Peifer is a Professor in the Department of Strategy. He holds a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His primary field of concentration is modern diplomatic and military history, with a special interest in the nexus between strategy, history, international politics, and culture. He has published The Three German Navies: Dissolution, Transition, and New Beginnings, as well as Stopping Mass Killings in Africa: Genocide, Airpower, and Intervention, along with articles in The Journal of Military History, Strategic Studies Quarterly, War in History, War and Society, Contemporary European History, European Security, and The German Studies Review. He is currently researching the historical record of "gunboat diplomacy," air control, and coercive airpower, with his broader area of interest and expertise centering on the dynamics of military disintegration; the coercive use of force; the interaction between history, culture, and foreign policy; and NATO and European security issues, particularly those related to Germany, Poland, and Scandinavia.
Col Leon J. Perkowski - Associate Dean of Distance Learning
Col Leon J. Perkowski is the Associate Dean, Air War College Distance Learning. He spent the first half of his career as a weather officer supporting fighter wings at Shaw AFB and RAF Lakenheath, managing pollution control R&D projects at Air Force Research Laboratory, and serving as a weather staff officer for Headquarters US Army Europe and NATO's Joint Headquarters, Centre where he deployed in support of Operation JOINT GUARDIAN and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Prior to his current assignment, Col Perkowski taught in the Department of International Security and Military Studies at Air Command and Staff College and served as its deputy chairperson. He received a B.S. in Meteorology from Cornell University, holds master's degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Air Command and Staff College, and earned a PhD in history from Kent State. He is a historian of US foreign relations and specializes in the politics and deterrence credibility concerns regarding the US defense posture in South Korea in the 1970s.
Major Aron Potter - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Major Aron Potter is the Director, Spaatz Center Human Performance and Leadership Enhancement Program. He manages the Executive Leader Feedback Program (ELFP) for the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, Air War College. Major Potter earned a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2000 and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 2005, both from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University. He completed board certification in Clinical Psychology in 2010 and published scholarly research in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling titled: Combat Stress Reactions During Military Deployments: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Combat Stress Control Treatment, 2009. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007 and in support of Operation New Dawn in 2011.
Lt. Col. Robert D. Reed - Department of Distance Learning
Lt. Col. Robert D. Reed is an instructor in Air War College where he plans and develops curriculum and program guidance materials for more than 7,000 senior level DoD and international students enrolled in AWC distance learning programs. Prior to assuming his current duties he served as the commander of AFROTC Detachment 425 at Mississippi State University where he was responsible for administrating a college-level officer training program and was ultimately responsible for determining who was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering mechanics and commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1993. He also has a Master of Science degree in engineering management from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Deryl "Wayne" Robinson - Department of Distance Learning
Mr. Deryl "Wayne" Robinson is a faculty instructor in the Air War College Distance Learning Program. He has served in this capacity since April 1978. During that time he has graded thousands of AWC exams and papers. Prior to coming to AWC, he served as an Archivist at the Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center and in Civilian Personnel at Maxwell AFB. Commissioned in 1968 in the Air Force, he served at Eglin Air Force Base, Cheju-Do, Korea, and Shaw Air Force Base. He left the service in 1972 but has been working for the Air Force ever since. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Missouri, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Auburn University, Montgomery, and is pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration from Auburn University.
Col James Rodriquez - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel James “Jim” Rodriguez, USAF, an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, was most recently the Chief, Europe and Africa Support Group, HQ Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida. His responsibilities included leading two branches with 15 joint and civilian staff officers. He provided regional expertise to support the planning, coordination, synchronization, and oversight of U.S. and partner SOF operations and activities within the EUCOM and AFRICOM areas of responsibility. Col Rodriguez graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989, and immediately cross commissioned into the Air Force. After completing Undergraduate Navigator Training at Mather AFB, CA, he was selected for his first operational assignment in E-3B/C AWACS. During his five year assignment within the AWACS community he participated in Operation Desert Storm, Provide Comfort, and Southern Watch among others. In 1995 he transitioned to Special Operations and helped stand up the new AC-130U AFSOC squadron, the 4 Special Operations Squadron (SOS). Over the next five years he served as a Special Mission Planner, Flight Commander and Wing Commander’s Executive Officer. In addition he deployed on the first AC-130U contingency deployment, in support of Operations in Bosnia. From 2000-2003 he served on the 3rd Air Force Staff in Mildenhall, United Kingdom as a Branch Chief as well as deployed to Kyrgyzstan to stand up Manas Air Base for initial operations into Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He returned to AFSOC to assume duties as the Operations Officer and Commander of the 4 SOS and subsequently commanded his squadron while conducting continuous combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. After command and Air War College, he was assigned to US Forces Korea in Seoul as the Chief of Policy Division.
Lt Col Scott Roth - Department of International Security Studies
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Col. Richard Samuels - SOF Chair, Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Richard Samuels is the United States Special Operations Command Chair to Air University and serves as professor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting at the Air War College. He most recently served as the Deputy Commander of Special Operations Command Africa, a sub-unified command responsible for special operations in Africa. Colonel Samuels has served in several staff billets, most recently as the Assistant Deputy Director for Special Operations and Counterterrorism in the Joint Staff Operations Directorate. A graduate of the School of Advanced Military Studies Fellowship, his monogram "Rogue America: Benevolent Hegemon or Occupying Tyrant" can be found online. Colonel Samuels is a Master Navigator with 3700 hours in the MC-130H, AC-130U, C-17 and C-130E. He graduated in 1985 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Arizona with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering, and holds Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Strategic Studies. He is a graduate of Air War College, School of Advanced Military Studies, Armed Forces Staff College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officer School.
Lt Col. Andreas Scharff - German Air Force Advisor, Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Scharff is the German Air Force Advisor to the Air University and serves as professor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting at the Air War College. He served as pilot and instructor on the German ECR (Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance) version of the Tornado during IFOR, SFOR, and ALLIED FORCE and led the 322 Squadron in Lechfeld AB, Germany, accumulating over 2300 flying hours. He has served in a variety of command and staff positions including ISAF, most recently as Desk Officer for the Planning Division, Capability Management Branch of the Federal Ministry of Defense in Germany. He graduated from the German Command and Staff College and the U.S. Air War College and holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the Air University. He specializes in unmanned systems, capability management, Air C2, Operational Planning, German procurement system and air-related weapon systems.
Dr. John Schuessler - Department of Strategy
Dr. John Schuessler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Strategy at the Air War College. He received his PhD in 2007 from the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago, specializing in international relations. Before coming to the Air War College, he was a Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Committee on International Relations, also at the University of Chicago, as well as a Research Fellow with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. His principal research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of international relations theory, security studies, and diplomatic history. He has a forthcoming book, Deceit on the Road to War: Presidents, Politics and American Democracy, with Cornell University Press. An article on the same topic, "The Deception Dividend: FDR's Undeclared War," appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of International Security. He has also co-authored with Sebastian Rosato an article on "A Realist Foreign Policy for the United States" which appeared in the December 2011 issue of Perspectives on Politics.
Dr. Brian R. Selmeski - USAF Culture and Language Center
Dr. Brian R. Selmeski is Director of Air University’s Quality Enhancement Plan “Cross-Culturally Competent Airmen,” Chief of Plans at the U.S. Air Force Culture and Language Center, and cross-appointed to the faculty of the Air War College. He received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology as well as a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His doctorate was based on three years of field research while embedded in the Ecuadorian Army. Prior to joining Air University, Dr. Selmeski served as Assistant Professor at the Canadian Defence Academy, then as Senior Research Fellow at the Royal Military College of Canada, both in Kingston, Ontario. During this time, he designed and directed an applied research project to assist the Canadian Forces and the Bolivian Army with increasing the participation of indigenous peoples and women in the security sector. A former U.S. Army officer, Dr. Selmeski has been a regular guest lecturer in several schools at FT Leavenworth, the School for International Training, and was as a Scholar-in-Residence at Whitman College. His current teaching and research interests include culture and strategic leadership, U.S. military culture, cultural property protection, and interpreter operations.
Col Christopher Setliff - Deputy Associate Dean of Distance Learning
Col Christopher L. Setliff is the Deputy Associate Dean, Air War College Distance Learning. A graduate of SOS, ACSC, and the Eisenhower School, he spent the first part of his career as a space and missile officer assigned to the 50th Space Wing, operating the Defense Meteorological Satellite and MILSTAR. He also was an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Det 765, The Citadel, served as a Missile Crew Commander and Flight Commander while assigned to Minot AFB, and did a quick stint at HQ Air Force Space Command/XP in the Bases and Units Division. After ACSC, he was moved to the Air Staff to the Global Persistent Attack CONOPS Division followed by speechwriting duty in the SECAF/CSAF Executive Action Group. After the Eisenhower School, he went to the Joint Staff/J8 Force Application Division as the Branch Chief for Non-Kinetic Attack. Prior to his current assignment, Col Setliff was the Business Information Manager while assigned to Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Italy. He earned a B.S. in Management from the Air Force Academy and holds master's degrees from the University of Colorado, Air Command and Staff College, and the Eisenhower School.
Col. Steven L. Shinkel - Chair, Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Col. Steven L. Shinkel is the Chair of the Leadership and Warfighting Department. He has commanded at the squadron level and also served in key staff positions at Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command, Headquarters Air Force and in the Balkans/OIF/OEF Combined Air Operations Centers. His most recent assignments include National Guard Bureau Chief, Strategy and Analysis Division and a 2010 graduate of Air War College. He served in Operations Northern/Southern Watch, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. Col. Shinkel graduated from the University of Arizona in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration specializing in Management Information Systems. He holds Master's degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. Col. Shinkel is a Master Navigator with more than 3200 hours in KC-135 Q/R/Ts.
Lt Col Mike Sierco - Department of Strategy
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Dr. Naunihal Singh - Department of International Security Studies
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Dr. David S. Sorenson - Department of International Security Studies
Dr. David S. Sorenson is Professor of International Security Studies. Dr. Sorenson received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and his BA and MA from California State University at Long Beach. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Colorado at Denver, Denison University, and the Mershon Center at Ohio State University. He has published Lebanon: Global Security Watch. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers (2010), Interpreting the Modern Middle East, (edited), (Westview Press, 2010), The Process and Politics of Defense Acquisition: A Reference Book (Praeger Publishers, 2008), An Introduction to the Modern Middle East (Westview Press, 2008, 2nd Edition 2013), Military Base Closure: A Reference Book (Praeger Publishers, 2007), Shutting Down the Cold War: The Politics of Military Base Closure (St. Martin's Press, 1998), and The Politics of Strategic Aircraft Modernization, (Praeger, 1995). He has also co-edited The Politics of International Aircraft Collaboration (London: Ashgate Publishers, 2000), and The Politics of Peacekeeping (Frank Cass Publishers, 2005), and numerous articles and book chapters on Middle East politics, defense budget politics, and national security affairs. Professor Sorenson was AWC Associate Dean for Academic Programs (2000-2003).
Col. Charles F. Spencer Jr. - Chair, Department of International Security Studies
Col. Charles F. Spencer, Jr. is the Chair of the Department of International Security Studies. As an AWC Professor, he teaches National Security Decision Making and Global Security. He has command and staff experience at squadron, wing, major command, joint and combatant command levels. Recent assignments include: Director, Regional Cultural Studies Program at AWC, Vice Commander, 89th Airlift Wing, Andrews AFB, Md.; Deputy Director Mobility Forces U.S. Air Forces Central, Qatar, and at 7th Air Force, Osan, Korea; and Professor at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. Col Spencer has served in Operations Safe Harbor, Restore Hope, Provide Comfort, Provide Promise, Vigilant Warrior, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. He received his commission from Officer Training School in 1986 after graduating from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He holds Masters Degrees from the Naval War College (with Distinction), Air Command and Staff College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Colonel Spencer is a Command Pilot with 6,000 hours in the C-12F, C-141B, C-137A/B, C-32A, C-40B and C-37A/B.
CAPT Tidwell - Department of International Security Studies
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Col. Christian Watt - Associate Dean of Resident Programs at the Air War College
Col. Christian Watt, USAF, Ph.D., joined the Air War College faculty in 2014 and is the Associate Dean of Resident Programs at the Air War College. He is a command navigator with more than 2,300 hours in the F-15E and accumulated 170 combat sorties and more than 600 combat hours in Operations Provide Comfort, Deny Flight, Southern Watch, and Iraqi Freedom. Before completing an Air Force Institute of Technology fellowship at the University of North Carolina, during which he studied Political Science with a focus on International Relations, he was the LeMay Center Director of Doctrine Development. He commanded the 321st Expeditionary Mission Support Advisory Group in Tikrit, Iraq, where he also served as the Senior Advisor to the Commandant of the Iraqi Air Force Officer’s College, and commanded Detachment 15, ACC Training Support Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. He is a graduate of Command and General Staff College and Air War College. His areas of interest and expertise include airpower theory and doctrine, operations, postwar cooperation, alliances, strategic partnership, political unification, and reconciliation.
Col. Charles Westbrook - Department of International Security Studies
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Dr. Jacqueline E. Whitt - Department of Strategy
Dr. Jacqueline E. Whitt, Associate Professor of Strategy, joined the Air War College faculty in 2012.She teaches the Foundations of Strategy course, the American Regional and Cultural Studies course for International Officers, and electives on the social and cultural history of the American military. Her book, Bringing God to Men: American Military Chaplains, Religion, and the Vietnam War was published with the University of North Carolina Press in 2014. Forthcoming publications include a textbook for teaching a simulations-based class on the United Nations and an edited collection, Stand Up and Fight: The Creation of U.S. Security Organizations, 1942-2005. Professor Whitt is also currently working on various projects regarding religion in the contemporary military and a book project about how narrative frameworks are influenced by and themselves shape strategic choices. Her Bachelor of Arts is from Hollins University (Roanoke, VA) in History and International Studies, and she earned her Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy in Military and American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 2008 to 2012, she taught military history, American history, and the history of world religions at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She also volunteers on the Executive Staff of American Model United Nations, which conducts a four-day simulation of various United Nations bodies for collegiate and graduate students. Her areas of academic specialization include war and religion, cultural approaches to the study of war, the military chaplaincy, world religions, the Vietnam War, war since 1945, the United Nations, and contemporary American military history.
COL Christopher Wilbeck, USA - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Chris Wilbeck, USA, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Armor in 1989 through the University of Nebraska – Lincoln ROTC program. His Major assignments include TRADOC Capability Manager for the Armored Brigade Combat Team; Director of Operations (J3) for Joint Task Force – Guantanamo; Division Operations Officer (G3) for the 4th Infantry Division; Battalion Commander of 2-34 Armor in the 1st Infantry Division; Strategic Planning Team Chief in the J8 Directorate of The Joint Staff; Division Plans Officer, Battalion and Brigade Operations Officer (S3) in the 1st Cavalry Division; Cavalry Team Chief supporting the Florida and Puerto Rico National Guard’s Cavalry units; Brigade Plans Officer, Tank and HHC Company Commander in 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division; and Scout and Cavalry Platoon Leader, Troop XO, and Squadron S3 Air in 1-1 Cavalry, 1st Armored Division. Colonel Wilbeck’s military education includes Armor Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, Scout Platoon Leader’s Course, Airborne School, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), and the Air War College. He has earned a BS in Business Administration, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), a Masters in Military History, a Masters in Theater Operations/Operational Planning, and a Masters in Strategic Studies. Colonel Wilbeck’s major deployments include: Scout Platoon Leader during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Company Commander during Bright Star 95 and 97 (Egypt) and Operation Intrinsic Action 98 (Kuwait), Battalion S3 during Operation Iraqi Freedom (Baghdad/Fallujah/Yousifiah), Brigade S3 supporting JTF-Katrina (New Orleans, LA), Division G3 during Operation New Dawn (Northern Iraq), and Joint Task Force J3 of JTF-GTMO (Guantanamo Bay, Cuba). COL Wilbeck is the author of Sledgehammers: Strengths and Flaws of Tiger Tank Battalions in World War II and has participated in a World War II historical documentary series sponsored by National Geographic-International and PBS.
Dr. Xiaoming Zhang - Department of Strategy
Dr. Xiaoming Zhang is professor in the Department of Strategy at the Air War College, teaching strategy, and subjects on China and East Asia. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in history from The University of Iowa in 1994, and taught at Texas Tech University and Texas A&M International University prior to joining the Air War College. His area of expertise includes Chinese military history, People's Liberation Army Air Force, the Korean War and air war especially, the Vietnam War, and China-U.S. and China-Soviet relations. Dr. Zhang is the author of over twenty articles and chapters on Chinese military involvement in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and Sino-Soviet relations during these conflicts. His writings have appeared in China Quarterly, Journal of Cold War Studies, The Journal of Conflict Studies Security Studies, and The Journal of Military History. The Journal of Military History has twice selected him to receive the Moncado Prize for excellence in the writing of military history. His is also the author of Red Wings over the Yalu: China, the Soviet Union and the Air War in Korea. His new book, Deng Xiaoping’s Long War: The Military Conflict between China and Vietnam, 1979-1991, is forthcoming.
Col. William Young - Cyber Chair, Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel William Young, USAF, is the Cyberspace Chair to Air War College and the Spaatz Center for Officer Education. He also serves as a Seminar Director and instructs in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. Colonel Young is an Instructor Electronic Warfare Officer with more than 2,400 flying hours in the EA-6B and B-52, including 240 combat hours. He commanded at the squadron level and has served as a strategist at both the Air Staff and Major Command levels in addition to the Air Operations Center during combat operations. Colonel Young possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science from the US Air Force Academy and Master’s Degrees from The George Washington University, Air Command and Staff College, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air War College (Grand Strategy Program). He is completing his PhD in Engineering Systems with an emphasis on cyberspace strategy, technology and systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Col Young’s research interests include cyberspace strategy, system-theoretic approaches, systems engineering, operational design, red teaming, cyber risk assessment and mitigation, concept development and evaluation, systems thinking, and campaign-level mission assurance in cyberspace.
Dr. Zach Zwald - USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies
Dr. Zachary Zwald is an Assistant Professor appointed at the U.S. Air War College and the USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies. Center. Dr. Zwald leads a research group entitled "Nuclear Issues: Strategy, Technology and Policy." Throughout the year, classroom instruction on International Relations and research methodology is integrated with a number of field study trips in which the students gather data from around the country on a specific topic related to the nuclear enterprise. At the end of each academic year, Dr. Zwald synthesizes this research into a publication and brief. Dr. Zwald received his PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley, with a focus on International Relations. Since then, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at the Ohio State University and taught in the Department of Politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Dr. Zwald's research examines the role of behavioral decision-making processes in shaping issues at the intersection of technology and international security, specifically nuclear deterrence and military technology innovation. He has presented this research extensively throughout the US government.