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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.
Ms. Mary Avery, Department of State - Department of International Security Studies
Ms. Mary Avery is the State Department Senior Advisor to the Air University. She represents the Department across the University. Ms. Avery holds the rank of Counselor and has been a member of the U.S. Foreign Service for 24 years. Most of her service has been in Asia, having served in the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Singapore. In Washington, DC, Ms. Avery served as a division chief in the Office of Children’s Issues, the U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Abduction Convention. She also served as a congressional liaison in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs. In addition, Ms. Avery served in Mexico City and as an instructor at the Foreign Service Institute, George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center, Arlington, Virginia. Ms. Avery is a distinguished graduate of the National War College, National Defense University and also a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Col. Ronald L. Banks - Vice Commandant of the Air War College and Commandant of Cyber College
Colonel Ronald L. Banks is the vice commandant of the Air War College and Commandant of the newly established Cyber College. 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.
Col Christopher Barnett - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Col Chris Barnett is an instructor of Leadership and Warfighting as a member of the Warfighting Department at the Air War College. He joined the AWC faculty in the summer of 2016 after serving as the Vice Commander, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, and Vice Commander, 435th Air Expeditionary Wing, Ramstein AFB, Germany. Commissioned from the US Naval Academy in 1991, he is a career helicopter pilot with over 3000 hours of flight time in various models of the H-60 aircraft flying Combat Search and Rescue and Special Operations missions. He commanded the 34th Weapons Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada, has served on the Air Force Special Operations Command and Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy) staffs.
Dr. Anna Batta - Department of International Security Studies
Dr. Anna Batta is an Assistant Professor of International Security Studies at Air War College. She previously worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Eckerd College and Adjunct Lecturer at Southern Methodist University. She is currently working on a book project titled The Russian Minority after the Cold War, which assesses the status of Russian minorities after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. She conducted field research in Ukraine and Crimea, before the outbreak of the Maidan Revolution, where she interviewed ambassadors, government officials, editors of newspapers, academics, and officials of Russian ethnic parties. Her recent field study included Russian minority relations in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Dr. Batta holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in Political Science and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington, also in Political Science. Dr. Batta has published in various peer-reviewed journals, such as Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Civil Wars, Party Politics, etc. In addition, she taught several courses related to International Relations and Comparative Politics and presented research papers at professional conferences.
COL Patrick Budjenska - Department of Strategy
Colonel Patrick Budjenska, United States Army, is a native Texan and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1991 through the Midwestern State University ROTC program, Wichita Falls, Texas. His Major assignments include G1, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Ft. Drum, New York. While assigned to 10th Mountain, he deployed to Afghanistan as the CJTF – 10 CJ1 for Regional Command – East, Bagram Airfield. Prior to 10th Mountain, he served as the Deputy J1 for United States Forces – Afghanistan, Kabul. Colonel Budjenska served in the G1 section and as the Inspector General for United States Army South, Fort Sam Houston. He was assigned twice to the Army Deputy Chief of Staff G1 at the Pentagon, and also served as the 75th Ranger Regiment S1 during which he also deployed to Afghanistan. As an Infantry officer, Colonel Budjenska served in the 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany, and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Colonel Budjenska’s military education includes Infantry Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, US Army Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School, Intermediate Level Education (ILE) and the Air War College. He has earned a BA in History and a Masters in Strategic Studies. Colonel Budjenska’s major deployments include: three to Afghanistan, Haiti following the earthquake of 2010, and the Balkans.
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.
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.
CDR Lee Donaldson - Department of Strategy
CDR Lee Donaldson is a Surface Warfare Officer teaching in the Department of Strategy at the Air War College. He received his commission through NROTC at the University of Michigan and has served tours afloat on USS SHENANDOAH (AD 44), USS ANZIO (CG 68), USS HOPPER (DDG 70), and as Executive Officer onboard USS CHOSIN (CG 68). Ashore, he has served on the staff of COMPACFLT as Administrative Aide to N6/N8, on the staff of COMFIFTHFLT as Theater Tomahawk Officer and assistant Current Ops Officer, on the Navy Staff as an action officer in N51 Strategic Concepts, and he commanded Navy Recruiting District Chicago. His most recent operational tour was Officer-in-Charge of Coastal Riverine Group 2 Detachment Bahrain. CDR Donaldson was commissioned via the ROTC program at University of Michigan with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology, earned a Master's of Art degree in Economics at University of Oklahoma and a Master's of Art degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College.
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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.
Dr. Bert Frandsen - Deputy Chair, Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Dr. Bert Frandsen is Deputy Chair of the Department of Leadership and Warfighting at Air War College. Specific research areas of interest for AY 17 include USAF Headquarters for command and control of a JTF and JTF operations across combatant command boundaries. 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, and Air War College’s representative on the Wargaming Panel of the Joint Staff J7 Military Education Coordination Committee. 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. He previously served on the faculties of the Air Command and Staff College and Auburn University, and retired from the US Army after twenty years of service. Dr. Frandsen has a PhD in history from Auburn University.
Doctor John P. Geis II, Colonel, USAF, Retired - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Dr. John P. Geis II is currently the Director, Airpower Research Task Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Dr. Geis was the Chief Meteorologist of WISC-TV prior to entering active duty in 1983. His Air Force career spanned training and combat operations flying T-37, AT-38B, T-43, two variants of the F-111 and the AC-130H special operations gunship. A distinguished graduate and the Commandant’s Award Winner at Air Command and Staff College, Colonel Geis co-authored the Alternate Futures monograph for the Air Force 2025 Study. He has been involved in budgeting and planning, and for two years directed all modernization efforts for all U.S. Air Force Special Forces. A graduate of the Air War Class of 2001, Dr. Geis served as the Director, U.S. Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology for a total of eight years during which time he and his team created what is now known as the Blue Horizons Research Program which examines the strategic implications of emerging technology. Dr. Geis retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Air Force in 2011. Dr. Geis holds a Bachelors Degree in Meteorology and a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters Degree in Political Science from Auburn University, and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from Air University, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin.
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.
Dr. Ron Gurantz - Department of Strategy
Dr. Ron Gurantz, Assistant Professor in the Department of Strategy, joined the Air War College faculty in 2016. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley. He previously taught political science at UCLA. His areas of specialization are international relations theory and American foreign policy, and his research uses a multi-method approach that spans formal theory, security studies and diplomatic history. He is currently researching how governments evaluate progress in war in a study of the Operation Rolling Thunder bombing campaign during the Vietnam War. His previous research has examined the credibility of deterrent threats and the influence of domestic politics on the course of international crises.
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 Glen Hillis - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Glenn E. Hillis, USAF is the Air Force Global Strike Chair to Air University. Col Hillis entered the Air Force in 1991 through Officer Training School. He commanded at the squadron and group levels, and has tours in Minuteman ICBMs, ballistic missile flight test, Defense Support Program, Space-Based Infrared Systems and spacelift range operations. Col Hillis served staff tours at Headquarters Air Force, the Joint Staff and Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He was an Air Force Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories, and holds master's degrees from the University of North Dakota and the National War College. Prior to his current assignment, he commanded the 341st Operations Group at Malmstrom AFB.
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 - U.S. Army Advisor to Air University, and Department of Strategy
Col. Kevin D. Hendricks, U.S. Army, is an instructor in the Air War College’s Department of Strategy and is the U.S. Army Advisor to Air University. 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 - Air Force Space Command Chair to Air University, Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Col 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 David Jones - Department of Strategy, and IMA to AWC/CC
Colonel David Jones is the Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) to the Commander, Spaatz Center for Officer Education and a faculty member at the Air War College. A career Airman (both enlisted and officer), Colonel Jones is a Joint Qualified Officer and Master Air Battle Manager with over 4200 hours in the AC-130 Spectre Gunship, C-130 Hercules, and the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System. He held numerous leadership and command positions at the squadron level, and served in joint staff assignments at Multi National Force Iraq and United States Africa Command. Colonel Jones has a Masters of Management and Leadership from Webster University and a Masters of Strategic Studies from Air University.
Col Kenneth Jones - Joint Strategic Leadership Course Director,Department of Leadership and Warfighting
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. Col Jones attended CGSC, and then SAASS, and was Chief ISR-EW Systems Division, in the Community ELINT Management Office (CEMO). 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. 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 - Chair, Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Professor (Col. Ret.) Gene Kamena is the Chair of the Department of Leadership and Warfighting 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
Colonel Shelley B. Kavlick is the Reserve Advisor to the Commander, Spaatz Center for Officer Education. Her responsibilities include Reserve faculty and student management for resident and distance learning programs, curriculum development, adjunct faculty instruction and the execution of a $1.9M annual MPA/RPA program. Colonel Kavlick graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1994 and was commissioned a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1995. She completed graduate studies in the United Kingdom at the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University in 2004. Colonel Kavlick is an Aircraft Maintainer with Financial Analysis and Planning and Programming experience. She is a veteran of Operation ALLIED FORCE and has served as the senior USAF Maintenance Officer for the 425th Fighter Squadron (PEACE CARVIN II) Foreign Military Sales program between the Unites States and Royal Singaporean Air Forces. Colonel Kavlick has also previously served as the Assistant Executive Officer to the Chief of Air Force Reserve in the Pentagon.
COL. Ken Kliethermes - Department of International Security Studies
Colonel Ken J. Kliethermes, U.S. Army, is a 1992 graduate who holds a B.S. in Engineering an M.S. in Education from Kansas State University and a Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia and the Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He is an AH-64D Longbow Apache Attack Helicopter pilot who served as the Detachment Commander of the Army’s Task Force XXI AH-64 Company, Fort Hood Texas. While serving as a Troop Commander for 6-6 Cavalry Squadron in Illesheim, Germany he deployed to Albania, Macedonia, and Kosovo in support of Task Force Hawk. Other assignments include Observer/Controller for the Combat Maneuver Training Center in Hohenfels, Germany and Test Officer for the Army Test and Evaluation Command in Alexandria, Virginia. Additionally, he served as the Executive Officer for 1-6 Cavalry Squadron and S3 Operations Officer for 4-4 Armed Reconnaissance Battalion in Ft. Hood, Texas and Iraq. He completed his Joint Assignment as the Air and Ground Planner of the Standing Joint Force Headquarters – Pacific Command, Hawaii; supporting Operation CARING RESPONSE (Burma and Thailand). Colonel Kliethermes served as Battalion Commander 412th Aviation Support Battalion, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach, Germany and Iraq. He recently completed Brigade Command at Ft. Rucker, AL.
COL. Dale Kuehl - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
COL Dale Kuehl, USA, is an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting at the US Air War College. Colonel Kuehl is a career infantry officer, receiving his commission from the United States Military Academy in 1988 with a degree in International Affairs. He has served in leadership and command positions from platoon through brigade level to include as a rifle and scout platoon leader in 4th Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, command of a mechanized infantry company in 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, command of 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, a Combined Arms Battalion, and command of the 177th Armor Brigade focused on training and validating reserve component units for deployment for contingency operations. COL Kuehl’s key staff positions include serving as operations officer for a mechanized infantry battalion as well as for a mechanized infantry brigade. COL Kuehl is also a Northeast Asia Foreign Area Officer. He studied Korean at Sogang University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, attended the ROK Army Staff College in Taejon, and served as the Chief Plans Integration Branch, CJ33, Combined Forces Command in Seoul. Most recently he served as the G3/5/7 and later Chief of Staff for First Army. He has served in Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield/Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He holds advanced degrees in military history from the Army Command and General Staff College and in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.
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.
Professor William Lewis - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Professor William Lewis, CIV, is Professor of Leadership and Joint Operations as a member of the Warfighting Department at the Air War College. He joined the AWC faculty in the summer of 2016 after more than 28 years of service in the United States Air Force. Commissioned after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1988, Mr. Lewis was a career fighter pilot with over 3,500 flying hours, including over 2000 in the F-15 with 250 hours in combat. He commanded the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, was a Division Chief on the Joint Staff, served as the 48th Fighter Wing Vice Commander at RAF Lakenheath and completed his career as Chief of Staff at the Headquarters, United States Air Force in Europe and Africa. Mr. Lewis is a graduate of the National War College and the USAF’s School for Advanced Air and Space Studies.
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.
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,
COL. Robert McDowell - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Robert C. McDowell 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 a Field Artillery officer with the 18th Airborne Corps and participated in Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. In 1993, he completed the Special Forces Qualification Course and has served for the past 22 years predominantly in operational group assignments. Most recently he has served as the Commander of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he deployed to the Republic of the Philippines as the Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines; and he has served as the Deputy Commander at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. He has deployed to numerous countries on multiple combat, contingency and training operations. He has deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)/ Task Force Dagger initial-entry force and with the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). Colonel McDowell received his Army Commission from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He holds a Master Degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College.
CAPT Russell McLachlan - Chief, Naval Advisory Group, and Chair, Department of Strategy
CAPT Russell McLachlan - Chief, Naval Advisory Group, and Chair, Department of Strategy Captain McLachlan is the Chief of the Navy Advisory Group at Air University and the Chair 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.
Mr. Thomas Minehart - Department of International Security Studies
Mr. Thomas Minehart is an instructor in the Department of International Security Studies. He teaches National Security Decision Making, Global Security, and selected electives.
Col. Clinton Mixon - Air Force Cyber Command Chair to Air University,Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Col Clinton Mixon, USAF 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. He 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.
Col. Matthew C. Molineux - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Matt Molineux, USAF, is currently an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting at the Air War College. Previously he was the Director of Air and Space Studies at the US Army War College. He is a 1989 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. Col Molineux is a command pilot with over 4,000 hours flown, and participated in Operations DESERT CALM, PROVIDE COMFORT, RESTORE HOPE, NOBLE EAGLE, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN. He holds master’s degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.
COL. Dewey Mosley, USA - Department of International Security Studies
COL Dewey A. Mosley, U.S. Army, is an instructor in the Air War College’s Department of International Security Studies. He commanded 2d Battalion, 11 Field Artillery Regiment, 2d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division and also served as the deputy commander for 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment within 613th Air & Space Operations Center (AOC), 13th Air Force. He recently served as an Army Planner in the Office of Joint and Defense Affairs for the Chief of Staff, Army. He also served as the Chief of the Military Coordination Cell (MCC) in Mogadishu, Somalia. His deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Freedom Sentinel. He is a United States Military Academy graduate with a degree in Computer Science Engineering, as well as holding a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Air War College.
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
Colonel (Dr.) Paul H. Nelson, MD, MPH, is the Air Force Surgeon General's Chair to Air University. He is the bridge between the Air University and the Air Force Medical Service, and is a faculty instructor in the Department of International Security Studies at the Air War College. Board certified in aerospace medicine and family medicine, he is a chief flight surgeon with experience in multiple airframes and missions, including en-route casualty care and coordination, enabling joint combat operations. His interests include leadership, innovation, strategic messaging, en-route casualty care, and partnership development for regional resiliency.
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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 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 a variety of organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations, National Defense University, Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), Central Intelligence Agency, 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 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’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 holds a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA.
Dr. Douglas C. Peifer - Department of Strategy
Dr. Douglas C. Peifer is a professor in the US Air War College’s 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 Choosing War (Oxford U Press, 2016), Genocide, Airpower and Intervention (Air U. Press, 2008), and The Three German Navies (U Florida Press, 2002), along with various book chapters, and articles in Orbis, The Journal of Military History, the Naval War College Review, War in History, War and Society, Contemporary European History, European Security, Strategic Studies Quarterly, and The German Studies Review. Peifer teaches the Foundations of Strategy, regional studies courses pertaining to North/Central & Western Europe, and a range of electives focusing on strategy, history, and great power interactions. His area of research and expertise centers on the coercive use of force; the interaction between history, culture, and foreign policy; and NATO and European security issues, particularly those related to Germany, Scandinavia, and Western Europe.
Col Leon J. Perkowski - Department of Strategy
Colonel Leon J. Perkowski, USAF, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Air War College’s Department of Strategy. Col Perkowski 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 staff weather officer for Headquarters US Army Europe and NATO's Joint Headquarters, Centre. After receiving a second master’s degree from Air Command and Staff College, Col Perkowski served as: an instructor in and deputy chairperson of the Department of International Security and Military Studies at Air Command and Staff College, an AFIT PhD student, the Associate Dean of Distance Learning at the Air War College, and as the Associate Dean of Academics at Air University’s new eSchool of Graduate PME. Col Perkowski’s academic interests include the Cold War, deterrence credibility and reputation, national security policy formulation, war and US society, the Anglo-American power transition, and the history of US foreign relations in general.
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.
Col. Robert Rauenhorst, USMC - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Robert L. Rauenhorst, USMC, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. He is a Marine Aviator (F/A-18 and MV-22 pilot), with further designations as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Air Combat Tactics Instructor, and Carrier Air Wing Strike Lead, with a secondary MOS' as an Infantry Officer. As a F/A-18 pilot, he served as an exchange pilot with the Royal Australian Air Force (75 SQN), held all major department head positions, and as Commanding Officer for VMFA-312 embarked with Carrier Air Wing 3 onboard USS TRUMAN. As Commanding Officer for VMX-22, he transitioned to the MV-22 and was responsible for Operational Testing and Evaluation of the F-35B, MV-22B, CH-53E, CH-53K, AH-1W, AH-1Z, UH-1Y, RQ-21A, G/ATOR, and CAC2S. Contingency and combat assignments include Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, DENY FLIGHT, DELIBERATE FORGE, IRAQI FREEDOM, and MARTILLO. Key Staff assignments include; Operations Officer/SIOP Advisor for the J3/4 Airborne Command Post at USSTRATCOM and AC/S G-3 for USMARFORSOUTH. Col Rauenhorst has over 3,800 hours as a Marine Corps pilot in the F/A-18A/C, MV-22B, CH-53E, AH-1W, AH-1Z, and UH-1Y.
Col James Rodriguez - 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.
Col Robert J. Rowell - Director of Staff for the Dean
Colonel Robert J. Rowell is assigned to the Air War College as the Director of Staff for the Dean and an instructor of National Security and Decision Making. He graduated from Auburn University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Central Missouri State University in 1995 with a Master of Arts degree in History, Air University in 2006 with a Master of Science degree in Military Arts and Science, and National Defense University (Eisenhower School) in 2013 with a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. He is a career Space and Missile Operations officer with experience in ICBM ops, Space Control and Missile Warning Ops. He has commanded at the squadron level and served as Deputy Group Commander of the 321st Expeditionary Mission Support Advisory Group in Tikrit, Iraq. In addition, he has served in key staff positions at Headquarters Air Force Space Command, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command.
Col. Daniel Runyon - Air Force Materiel Command Chair to Air University, Department of International Security Studies
Col Daniel Runyon is the Air Force Materiel Command Chair to Air University and an instructor in the Department of International Security Studies at the Air War College. He is a logistician and munitions officer with a core background as an aircraft maintenance officer, with experience with the F-35, F-22, F-117, CV-22, F-16, F-15, A/OA-10, C-130, AQM-34 RPV, H-1, and H-53. In his previous assignment, he served as the Director, Global Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Update for the F-35 Joint Program Office, leading a joint and international team in the sustainment of all F-35 variants. He managed a $7.1B Modification/Retrofit effort and established and oversaw airframe, propulsion, and component depot capabilities valued at $1B, ensuring both the USMC and USAF could declare IOC on time. He has commanded two maintenance/munitions squadrons, a maintenance group and served as the vice director for Ogden ALC’s 309th Maintenance Wing. He was commissioned through ROTC at the University of Florida in 1988 and holds a BS in Chemistry, an MAS from Embry-Riddle, and a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science degree from Air University. He has deployed in support of Operations Provide Comfort, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Freedom’s Sentinel and Inherent Resolve.
Col. Frank D. Samuelson - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Frank "Wiz" Samuelson, USAF, is an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. He is an ROTC graduate from UNC-Charlotte and a senior Air Battle Manager with over 2000 hours in the E-3 AWACS as well as assignments to Air Defense and Ground TACS radar units. He honed his warfighting skills as an ops squadron instructor, evaluator, and weapons officer along with command of the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (Kadena AB, Japan) and NATO AWACS Logistics Wing ((MXG), Geilenkirchen Germany). Col Samuelson's theater experience spans NATO, EUCOM, AFRICOM, CENTCOM, PACOM and NORAD together with Operations Deny Flight, Southern Watch, Eagle Assist (Article 5), Joint Guardian, Crescent Guard, and Noble Eagle. His staff assignments include Interagency Observer/Trainer and Executive Assistant at USJFCOM J7 Joint Warfighting Center as well as Deputy Chief, Integrated Air and Missile Defense at USAFE/AFAFRICA. He earned master's degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.
Dr. Margaret Sankey - AWC Director of Research and Electives
Dr. Margaret Sankey is the Director of Research and Electives at the Air War College. She holds a PhD in History from Auburn University (2002), specializing in Early Modern European military history. Her research was on a multi-generational tribal people in a remote region, funded by outside Great Powers and motivated by religion and identity to repeatedly make attempts to overthrow the British monarchy, and the nation building efforts conducted by the British state to subdue and integrate them. Publications in this area include the book _Jacobite Prisoners of the 1715: Preventing and Punishing Insurrection in Early Hanoverian Britain_ (2005) and the NACBS Love Prize winning article "Elite Culture and the Decline of Scottish Jacobitism 1716-1745" with Dr. Daniel Szechi in _Past and Present_. Currently, as part of a Minerva project, she is researching the ways contemporary and historical insurgencies fund themselves through trafficking in cultural objects.
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. 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 (Sel) Mike Sierco - Course Director, Grand Strategy Seminar, Department of Strategy
Colonel Michael Sierco is a US Air Force special operations navigator and airpower strategist assigned to the Air War College. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, Air University in 2007 with a Master of Science degree in Military Arts and Science, School of Advanced Warfighting in 2008 with a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies, and Air War College in 2015 with a Masters of Strategic Studies with Grand Strategy Concentration. He is a Senior Navigator with over 2,000 flying hours in C-130 and MC-130 aircraft. He has served as a navigator in both Air Mobility Command and Air Force Special Operations Command, as a Provincial Reconstruction Team Commander in Regional Command-East, Afghanistan, the Joint Staff, the Air Staff, and as an Afghanistan-Pakistan Hand.
Dr. Naunihal Singh - Department of International Security Studies
Dr. Naunihal Singh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Security Studies, having joined the Air War College faculty in 2013. Dr. Singh received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and his B.S. from Yale University. Before coming to the Air War College he taught at the University of Notre Dame. He specializes in African politics, civil-military relations, democratization and technology policy. He is the author of the book "Seizing Power: The Strategic Logic of Military Coups," published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and has also written for Political Research Quarterly and the New Yorker. His current book project is on the politics of mobile phones in Africa.
Col. Thomas Skrocki - Department of International Security Studies
Colonel Thomas J. Skrocki, USAF, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of International Security Studies. Past assignments include: Deputy Chief of Staff, US Pacific Command and Division Chief for Logistics Readiness and Operations, US Pacific Command, HI; Vice Commander, 515 Air Mobility Operations Wing, HI; Deputy Director, CAPSTONE, National Defense University; Deputy Commander, 379 Expeditionary Operations Group, Qatar; and Commander, 817 Global Mobility Squadron, NJ. He is a master navigator with more than 2,900 flight hours in the KC-135A/R and C-130E/H, including combat and combat support missions beginning with Operation Desert Storm and concluding with Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Colonel Skrocki was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program at Texas A & M University. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Texas A & M University and Master Degrees in Aeronautical Science, Military Operational Art and Science, and National Resource Strategy. He is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University; Air Command and Staff College, Air University; and Squadron Officer School, Air University.
Dr. David S. Sorenson - Chair, 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. - 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 David Tidwell - Deputy Department Chair, Department of International Security Studies
Captain Tidwell, U.S. Navy, is an instructor and Deputy Department Chair in the Department of International Security Studies. He is a naval flight officer with more than 2300 hours and 571 arrested landings in the E-2C Hawkeye and S-3B Viking. He commanded Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 and U.S. Navy Support Facility, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory. His operational tours include flying assignments with Air Anti-Submarine Squadron (VS) 31 and Sea Control Squadron (VS) 24; Assistant Navigator for USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); and Operations Officer for USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). He served in numerous key staff positions, including flag aide to Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training; administrative officer to Commander, Sea Control Wing Atlantic; and action officer for the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) staff. Most recently, he completed a tour as Chief, Joint Exercise Division and Plans and Operation Division, Joint Force Development Directorate, J-7, Joint Staff, where he achieved designation as a Joint Qualified Officer. During his career, he participated in joint operations Southwest Asia, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. Captain Tidwell received his commission through the Navy ROTC program at Auburn University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He also received a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science degree from the Air Command and Staff College in 2002, and is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.
Dr. Will Waddell - Department of Strategy
Dr. Will Waddell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Strategy. He holds a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in History from the Ohio State University. His main field of expertise is in modern military history, particularly the French military, its wars of decolonization in Indochina and Algeria, COIN and issues of strategy related to “irregular” conflict. Dr. Waddell’s dissertation, In the Year of the Tiger: the war for Cochinchina, 1945-1951, is currently under review for publication. His next project concerns French strategy, identity and civil-military conflict during the Indochina and Algerian wars.
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
Colonel Trey Westbrook is an instructor in the Department of International Security Studies where he teaches National Security Decision Making and Global Security. Recent assignments include: Special Assistant to the Deputy Commander USCENTCOM; USCENTCOM J5 Policy Branch; Commander, 52 Expeditionary Flying Training Squadron, Tikrit, Iraq; USAF Special Operations School as Director of Middle East and South Central Asia Orientation Courses and Director of the Regional Studies Branch. He supported Operations Deny Flight, Deliberate Force, Deliberate Guard, Southern Watch, Decisive Endeavor, Phoenix Scorpion, Phoenix Banner, Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. He received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1993. He holds Masters Degrees from the Air War College and Naval Postgraduate School. Lt Col Westbrook is a Command Pilot with 3400 hours in the KC-135R, T-1A, T-6A, TC-208, and TC-172 aircraft.
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. 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 (Texas A & M University Press), and Deng Xiaoping’s Long War: The Military Conflict between China and Vietnam, 1979-1991 (The University of North Carolina Press, 2015). 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.