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Dr. Gabriel Aguilera - Department of International Security Studies
Dr. Gabriel Aguilera, Assistant 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 and an MA in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego. 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, July 2012, and the Harvard Review of Latin America, Winter 2012. He is currently working on a book manuscript on democratization and banking reforms in emerging markets during the 1990s.
Col. Kenneth Backes - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Ken Backes, USAF, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting and serves as a Seminar Director as well as assistant course director for the Joint Strategic Leadership Course. A career logistician, he enlisted in 1977 and was commissioned in 1987. He commanded a Training Group, an Aerial Port Squadron, and a Transportation Squadron. His deployments include Saudi Arabia, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. He earned the Combat Action Medal while deployed to Iraq. He has served on the Joint Staff, Air Staff, Air Force Space Command Staff, and at the Defense Logistics Agency Headquarters. He earned a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College. He was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.
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.
Group Captain Clive S Blount RAF - AU RAF Advisor/Department of Strategy
Group Captain Clive S. Blount, RAF, RAF Navigator - Tornado Fighter/Bomber. Training, Flight test and extensive staff experience. Command of Gibraltar Air Base and Trg/Adv Gp in Afghanistan. MA Defence Studies (King's London), MPhil International Relations (Cambridge), PhD (in progress - King's London) (US Civ-Mil strategic leadership early Vietnam1961). Research areas - UK-US relationship (esp WWII - Kennedy/Macmillan years), Strategic civ-mil relations, Democratization, future challenges/strategic options, US Foreign policy (1930 - end of Cold War), NATO, coalitions and alliances, ethics and morality of future war. Air power in conflict prevention and relationship building.
Lt. Col. Richard Branam - 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.
Col. Vincent Bugeja - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Col. Vincent E. Bugeja is the Air Force Reserve Advisor to the Spaatz Center Commander and Air War College Commandant, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. As such, he is involved with faculty management, curriculum development, classroom instruction in the AWC Warfighting Department, individual mobilization augmentee readiness oversight and the execution and management of the center's annual $1.9M military and reserve personnel appropriation programs. Bugeja was commissioned in 1985 upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Bugeja has served in a variety of acquisition and personnel roles at Hanscom AFB, Mass., and Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. Prior to his current position, he served as the Director of Future Operations, Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center, Denver, Colo.
Col. Mark Burge - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Mark Burge, U.S. Army, is an instructor in the Department of Warfighting at Air War College and also teaches in the Leadership Department. Prior to arriving at Air War College he served as the Deputy Director of Operations for United States Forces Afghanistan. Burge has commanded Infantry units from platoon through battalion level. Burge has extensive experience training Soldiers at the Individual Soldier level, including commanding a Basic Combat Training Battalion at Ft Knox, Ky., and training staffs at the Brigade through Corps level, including serving as the Command and Control Chief for Operations Group B & D as part of the Army's Battle Command Training Program. Burge is a graduate of the Air War College and holds a Master degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University.
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.
Lt. Col. Alejandro R. Cantu - Department of Distance Learning
Lt. Col. Alejandro R. Cantu is an instructor and course lead at Air War College Distance Learning. He has commanded at the detachment level and most recently served as the Commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 650, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. He graduated from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., and received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1988. He is a command space and missile operator certified in the Minuteman III/Command Data Buffer ICBM system, the Passive Space Surveillance system, and the Minuteman III Rapid Execution and Targeting-A system. He has a bachelors of science in computer science, a Masters in General Administration degree from Central Michigan University, and a Masters in Military Arts and Science from the Air Command and Staff College
Mr. John Carter - Director of Academic Operations at the Spaatz Center for Officer Education
Mr. John Carter is the Director of Academic Operations at the Spaatz Center for Officer Education, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Mr. Carter advises commanders, commandants, deans and directors on issues of academic philosophy, curriculum guidance and execution, faculty management, program assessment and accreditation. He teaches leadership at both the Air War College and the Air Command and Staff College. Mr. Carter retired from the Air Force at the rank of colonel in January 2011 after completing more than 28 years of service. He spent the majority of his career in operations, accumulating over 3400 hours flying the O-2, A-10 and F-16. His staff assignments included a tour as the director of the Commander’s Action Group for Air Combat Command and Chief of Space Requirements on the Air Staff. He served as the Commander of an A-10 squadron, Commandant of the Air Force Weapons School, Vice Commander of a Fighter Wing in Korea and Vice Commandant of the Air War College. Mr. Carter holds a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University, Master's degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the School for Advanced Air and Space Studies, and he spent a year as a National Security Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His areas of interest and expertise include Officer PME, leading organizational change, and airpower history, theory and doctrine.
Mr. Andrew Chritton - State Department Advisor
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Col. Shannon W. Caudill - Department of Strategy
Col. Shannon W. Caudill, USAF, (BS, Norwich University; MSA, Central Michigan University; MMS, Marine Corps University; MSS, Air University) is a an instructor in the Department of Strategy and the former deputy chairman, Department of Leadership and Strategy, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Prior to his current assignment, he was commander of the 532nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Joint Base Balad, Iraq, where he was responsible for counterinsurgency,counter-indirect fire patrols, and operation of the installation’s entry control points. As a career Air Force security forces officer (military police), he has worked at the unit, major command, and joint staff levels; commanded three security forces squadrons; served in four overseas assignments; and accumulated 18 months of combat experience in Iraq. Colonel Caudill has written numerous articles on terrorism, interagency leadership, base defense, and law enforcement, which have been published in Air and Space Power Journal, Joint Force Quarterly, American Diplomacy, and The Guardian—the Joint Staff’s antiterrorism publication. He is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, and Air War College’s Grand Strategy Program. Col Caudill's edited anthology "Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency" is expected to be published by Air University Press in Fall 2013.
Col. David Cohen - Department of International Security Studies
Col. David Cohen is the Surgeon General Chair to Air University and an instructor in the Department of International Security Studies. Prior to entering the Air Force as an aerospace physiologist, Cohen was a Navy flight test engineer and the first civilian graduate of F/A-18 pilot training. He has served in a variety of line and medical assignments focusing on the testing, research, and acquisition of human-performance enhancement, life support, and biological counterproliferation systems. He has also had the opportunity to broaden his career in assignments that ranged from Commander of the 95th Aerospace Medicine Squadron to a member of the Secretary of the Air Force's Action Group. Cohen is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, National Test Pilot School, the Air Force Intern Program, the DoD Senior Acquisition Course, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is acquisition certified in test and evaluation, research and development, and program management.
Dr. Mark Conversino - Dean
Dr. Mark Conversino joined the faculty of the Air War College in 2002 following his retirement from active duty with the Air Force. He has taught previously at the School of Advanced Airpower Studies and in the Department of History at the U.S. Air Force Academy. While on active duty, Dr. Conversino served as Commander, 93d Maintenance Squadron, in support of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft. He also held various aircraft maintenance assignments in the Strategic Air Command, Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command. Prior to joining the Air War College faculty, he was in a joint assignment at the Defense Logistics Agency, working on the personal staff of the agency's director. He is the author of Fighting With The Soviets: The Failure of Operation Frantic, 1944-1945, University Press of Kansas, 1997, several chapters in edited works and numerous articles in defense-related journals. From 1998 to 2000, he was a Permanent Guest Lecturer at Squadron Officer School. Conversino is a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and a graduate of the Air War College by seminar. He holds a B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University. His areas of interest and expertise are military history, particularly World War II, logistics, Soviet and Eastern Bloc history and politics, and airpower history, theory and doctrine.
Col. David L. Cool - Associate Dean of Distance Learning
Col. David L. Cool is the Associate Dean, Air War College Distance Learning. He has commanded at the squadron level and most recently served as the Deputy Operations Group Commander, 47th Operations Group, Laughlin AFB, Texas. He is a command pilot with more than 3,400 hours in the T-37, T-6, T-38A/C and F-15C/D aircraft. He graduated from Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, N.C., as a distinguished graduate of the AFROTC program in 1989. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and holds a Masters in Military Arts and Science from the Air Command and Staff 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.
Capt. Alan Dorrbecker - Department of International Security Studies
CAPT Alan Dorrbecker, USN, joined the Air War College faculty in 2012 following his tours as Commanding Officer of the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion in Guantanamo Bay and of the nuclear-powered fast attack submarine USS GREENEVILLE (SSN 772). He has had tours of duty on other US Navy submarines, the aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, OPNAV Staff, and Commander, Atlantic Fleet Staff. He holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and a M.A. from the Naval War College. His expertise is in Navy operations.
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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Col. John K. Faircloth, Jr., USMC - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Col John K. Faircloth, Jr is a graduate of Troy State University with a degree in mathematics. He was commissioned a 2ndLt in December 1988, and was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1991. He has served in numerous squadrons as a Weapons and Tactics instructor, Operations Officer, Standardization Pilot, Post Maintenance Functional Check Flight Pilot, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer. He served as The Presidential Helicopter Pilot from June 2011-June 2013. He has over 3950 flight hours in fixed wing, helicopters and tilt-rotor. Col Faircloth commanded Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462) and Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1). He earned an MBA in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the AWC. He has served 3 tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, ranging from Operations officer for HMH-464 in Iraq, to being assigned to TF-373 in Afghanistan.
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. 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.
Dr. Christopher Hemmer - Department of International Security Studies
Dr. Christopher Hemmer is a Professor in and Chair of the Department of International Security Studies at the Air War College. Before that 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 political psychology, American foreign policy, and Middle East politics. He is the author of, Which Lessons Matter? American Foreign Policy Decision Making in the Middle East, 1979-1987. His recent articles include, "The Lessons of September 11th, Iraq, and the American Pendulum," Political Science Quarterly; "Responding to a Nuclear Iran," Parameters; "Balancing, Bonding, and Balking: The European Union, the United States, and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process," Mediterranean Quarterly and "Continuity and Change in the Obama Administration's National Security Strategy" in Comparative Strategy.
Col. Kevin D. Hendricks - Department of Distance Learning
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, including the evolving norms surrounding state sovereignty and legitimacy. Her current research focuses on ethics and law regarding military applications of remotely piloted aircraft, and future directions for unmanned and autonomous weapons systems, particularly as related to the global relevance of non-state violent extremist organizations. 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 / contractors (only regarding contractors in operational roles).
Col. Alan L. Hunt, Jr. - Associate Dean of Resident Programs
Colonel Alan L. Hunt, Jr. is the Associate Dean of Resident Programs at the Air War College and previously served in the capacity of Air Mobility Command Chair. He has commanded at Squadron, Group, and Wing levels and has also served in key staff positions at Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Headquarters Air Force, U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Central Command, and U.S. Special Operations Command. His most recent assignments included duties as Executive Officer to the Air Mobility Command Commander and Commander, 375th Airlift Wing, Scott AFB Illinois; Commander, 715th Air Mobility Operations Group, Hickam AFB, Hawaii; and United States Transportation Command Liaison Officer to United States Central Command and United States Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., and Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar. He served in Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield And Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Joint Endeavor, Joint Forge, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. Hunt received his Air Force commission from the University of Notre Dame in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management. He holds Masters Degrees from Troy State University, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. He is currently finishing his Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. Hunt is a Master Navigator with over 1600 hours in air mobility and special operations aircraft.
Lt. Col. Steven Jantz - Director of Staff, Faculty and Academic Affairs
Lt Col Steven Jantz is the Director of Staff, Faculty and Academic Affairs and a member of the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. He received his commission as a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Washington, and a Master of European Studies degree from the University of Tuebingen, Germany. Lt Col Jantz completed IDE through the Olmsted Scholar Program and is an in-resident graduate of the Air War College. Operationally, he has more than 1800 hours in the F-16 including 250 combat hours in Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom.
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.
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.
Dr. Nori Katagiri - Department of International Security Studies
Dr. Nori Katagiri is Assistant Professor in the Department of International Security Studies. He received his Ph.D. in political science (focus on IR and comparative politics) from the University of Pennsylvania. His book, Adapting to Win: How Insurgents Fight and Defeat Foreign States in War, is published in October 2014 from the University of Pennsylvania Press. His works have also been published in Harvard Asia Quarterly, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Comparative Strategy, African Security Review, and Air & Space Power Journal. Nori is a recipient of the World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship from the Smith Richardson Foundation and research fellowship from RAND. He has been a visiting researcher at Keio University, Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS) in Japan, Asan Institute for Policy Studies in South Korea, and the University of the Philippines-Diliman, and a Faculty Associate in Research in Cornell University's Southeast Asia Program. He has conducted research and field work on issues related to US policy in South Korea and Japan, irregular war and counterinsurgency in the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Britain, France, and Portugal.
Lt. Col. Albert L. "Mark" Lancaster - Department of Distance Learning
Lt. Col. Albert L. “Mark” Lancaster, Jr., is an adjunct faculty instructor in the Air War College Distance Learning Program. He is an Air Force Reservist currently assigned as the Deputy Commander, Joint Military Postal Activity-Atlantic, New Jersey. He completed an undergraduate degree at Auburn University, and obtained graduate degrees from both Troy University and Air Command and Staff College. Mark received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law from Alabama State University. He also completed graduate studies at the Joint Military Intelligence College, Washington D.C.
Col. Louis Lartigue - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Lou Lartigue, USA, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. Previously, he served as Chief of Staff for the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga. He was the commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division from 2009-2011 (OIF/OND 10-11). Other previous assignments include command of 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division (OIF 05-06), duty in the National Military Command Center on the Joint Staff, and other armor/cavalry postings including service in Desert Shield/Desert Storm as a Tank Platoon Leader . COL Lartigue was commissioned from the U.S. Military Academy, earning a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science. He attended graduate school at the University of Central Florida earning two Masters of Science Degrees in Simulation Systems and in Engineering Management. He earned a Masters of Military Studies from Marine Corps Command and Staff College and completed an Army War College, National Security Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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.
Lt. Col. Jason R. LeDuc - Department of Distance Learning
Lt. Col. Jason R. LeDuc is a Distance Learning instructor at Air War College. He has served in a variety of assignments from basic research and development at the Air Force Research Laboratory Rocket Propulsion Site; as a project engineer and flight test director for radar and electronic warfare systems; as well rapid development and test of systems for Air Force Space Command. He has deployed to the Combined Air and Space Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar as an operations planner and to the Office of Security Cooperation – Iraq in Baghdad as a Foreign Military Sales case manager. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the AFROTC program in 1995 and has a Bachelors of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University.
Dr. Martin Loicano - Department of Strategy
Dr. Martin Loicano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Strategy at the Air War College. He holds a PhD in history from Cornell University, specializing in Southeast Asia and China. Prior to joining the AWC faculty, he served with the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan from 2010-2012. Loicano previously taught at several universities in the Gulf South region as well as in Southeast Asia. His current research includes a monograph on security assistance in Afghanistan and a manuscript on the Republic of Vietnam's military diplomacy during the Vietnam War.
CAPT Randy Lovell - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
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Mr. Kevin Madden
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Col. Chris Marcell - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Chris Marcell is a Leadership and Warfighting professor. His most recent assignment was as Chief of Combat Operations at the 609th Air and Space Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, where he executed the Air Tasking Order for Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn, the Horn of Africa and anti-piracy operations within the CENTCOM area of responsibility. Prior to that, Marcell commanded the United States Navy's Training Squadron THREE, a Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training squadron at NAS Whiting Field, FL. He also commanded Cadet Squadron 20 at the United States Air Force Academy and served as the Chief of Standardization and Evaluation in the 34th Training Group. Marcell was also an F-15E Strike Eagle Formal Training Unit Instructor Pilot and Evaluator and served as a Mission Commander and Flight Lead in hostilities in Iraq and the Balkans. His first assignment was as a T-37 First Assignment Instructor Pilot. He is a Command Pilot with over 2900 flight hours in the F-15E, T-34, T-41 and T-37 aircraft. He is a 1989 graduate of the USAF Academy with a Master of Science in Economics. His Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University master's thesis, The Effect of Combat Experience on the Acceptance of Female Aircrew in Combat Aircraft, was published by the USAF Academy.
CDR Christopher Martin - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Commander 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. Commander 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 Russell McLachlan - Chief, Naval Advisory Group, Department of Strategy
CAPT Russell McLachlan, USN – Chief, Naval Advisory Group, Air University 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. Brian McLaughlin - Department of Distance Learning
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Lt. Col. Anthony Meeks - Air Force Material Command Chair and Director of the Central for Strategy and Technology
Lieutenant 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. Lieutenant 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. Lt 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. Lt 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.
Lt. Col. Clinton Mixon - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Lieutenant 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.
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Col. Raymond O'Mara - Department of Strategy
Col. Raymond O'Mara, USAF, Ph.D., is the Chair of the Air War College Strategy Department and the former Director for the Grand Strategy Program. He is a command pilot with over 2,100 hours in the F-15C and has served in numerous operational and operational test flying assignments, including tours in U.S. Pacific Air Forces and Air Combat Command, as well as Operations Provide Comfort, Northern and Southern Watch, and Noble Eagle. He was the Deputy Division Chief of the Operational and Export Policy Division, Directorate of Special Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Chief of the F/A-22 Integration Office at the 1st Fighter Wing, and commanded the 83d Fighter Weapons Squadron, the USAF's air-to-air Weapon System Evaluation Program. He is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Airpower Studies, and the Air War College, and holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Technology, Policy, and Engineering Systems. His areas of interest and expertise include airpower theory and doctrine, operational test & evaluation, the air-to-air kill chain and weapons, the history of the use of automation in aviation, the relationship between technology and policy, the human-machine relationship, and the social construction of technology.
Col. Charles W. Patnaude - 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 - 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.
Lt Col. Leon Perkowski - Department of Distance Learning
Lt Col Leon J. Perkowski is the Deputy Associate Dean, Air War College Distance Learning. A distinguished graduate of AFROTC, SOS, and ACSC, 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. He deployed in support of the Army Multinational Brigade in operation JOINT GUARDIAN and the EUCOM task force for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Prior to his current assignment, Lt 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 and holds master's degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Air Command and Staff College. He is currently finishing a PhD dissertation in the History of US Foreign Relations and specializes in the politics and strategic concerns regarding the US defense posture in South Korea in the 1970s.
Col. Todd R. Phinney
Col. Todd R. Phinney is a graduate of the University of Georgia AFROTC program, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Phinney is an in-resident graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and the U.S. Army War College Advanced Strategic Arts Program. Operationally, Phinney has more than 2000 hours in the F-16 based in the U.S., Europe and Republic of Korea. He was the 7th Air Force Deliberate Plans Flight Commander at Osan AB, ROK from 2003 to 2004. Most recently, Phinney served as the Director of Operations for (NATO) Combined Air Operations Centre Uedem, Germany. In this capacity, he also served in several leadership roles within the NATO Air Component Joint Force Air Component.
Cmdr Robert E. Poling III - Department of Strategy
Cmdr. Robert E. Poling III, U.S. Navy, is a Surface Warfare Officer teaching in the Departments of Strategy and Warfigthing at the Air War College. He received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of San Diego in 1991 and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp. His assignments afloat include tours in USS Pyro, USS Flint, USS Chancellorsville, USS Leyte Gulf, Executive Officer in USS Decatur and Commanding Officer of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two. Ashore, Poling has taught at the United States Naval Academy, served on the staff of Commander Third Fleet as the MIO/VBSS officer and maritime planner, served as the section head for Ballistic Missile Defense in the Surface Warfare Directorate, N86, in OPNAV and as Deputy Executive Assistant to the N8. His academic background includes the Naval War College, Distance Education Command and Staff Program, a Master of Arts in Naval History from the American Military University and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Air War College. He is very much interested in anti-access, area denial, Air-Sea Battle and particularly historical examples related to these concepts.
Dr. Jeffrey Record - Department of Strategy
Dr. Jeffrey Record, well-known defense policy critic, teaches strategy in the Department of Leadership and Strategy at the U.S. Air Force's Air War College in Montgomery, Ala. He received his Doctorate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and is the author of eight books and over a dozen monographs, including: Beating Goliath: Why Insurgencies Win; Dark Victory: America's Second War Against Iraq; Making War, Thinking History: Munich, Vietnam, and Presidential Uses of Force from Korea to Kosovo; Hollow Victory, A Contrary View of the Gulf War; The Wrong War, Why We Lost in Vietnam; and Bounding the Global War on Terrorism. Dr. Record has served as a pacification advisor in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War, Rockefeller Younger Scholar on the Brookings Institution's Defense Analysis Staff, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, the Hudson Institute, and the BDM International Corporation. He also has extensive Capitol Hill experience, serving as Legislative Assistant for National Security Affairs to Senators Sam Nunn and Lloyd Bentsen, and later as a Professional Staff Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Col. Ed Redman - Deputy Associate Dean of Distance Learning
Col. Ed Redman is the Deputy Associate Dean, Air War College Distance Learning. A 1989 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, he is a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours in various bomber and trainer aircraft, including combat missions flown over Iraq in the B-2. His most recent operational assignment was as Deputy Operations Group Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo. After completing studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies in 2005, he attended Duke University, where he received his Doctorate of Philosophy in History.
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.
Colonel Bud Robey - Space Chair & Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Bud Robey is Space Chair and an instructor in the AWC leadership and warfighting department. He received his commission through ROTC at the University of Illinois and is a graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff and the Air War College. Col Robey has experience operating both missile and space systems including Minuteman III ICBMs, UHF Follow-on communications satellites, and the Global Positioning System, and has served on the staff at Headquarters Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) and for the National Security Space Office. He has been a squadron operations officer and commander, deployed for OEF as a communications and space officer, and has recently returned from three years of doctoral study after a one year stint as the AFSPC Chair to Air University.
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. 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 is currently writing on why leaders have resorted to deception to sell wars to their publics. His article on the 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. 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.
LtCol John R. Siary - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Lt. Col. John R. Siary, U.S. Marine Corps., currently serves as an instructor in the Department of Warfighting and in the Department of Leadership. He is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science with a Minor in Sociology. After Surface to Air Weapons school, he was assigned as a Platoon Commander and Battery Executive Officer with 3d Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion deploying with the 11 MEU to the Western Pacific in support of Operation Southern Watch, Desert Thunder, and Safe Departure. He has also been assigned to the Recruit Training Regiment at Parris Island, S.C., where he held the billets of Series Commander, Company Executive Officer, Company Commander, H&S Company Commander and Battalion Operations Officer. Upon return to the operating forces, he was assigned with 2d LAAD Bn as Battery B CO, H&S Battery CO and Battalion Operations officer responsible for the deployment of the battalion to Operation Iraqi Freedom supporting the Provisional Security Battalion mission. His joint assignment was with Joint Task Force North as a northern border mission planner supporting numerous law enforcement and bilateral agencies in the Pacific Northwest and Great Lakes region. Following his joint tour, Siary was assigned to Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 28 where he deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom. He also served as Executive Officer for the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Continuing Promise 2010 providing Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. Upon his return, he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of Marine Air Support Squadron 1 and deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom as the Marine Air Control Group 28 Detachment officer in charge. Siary is a graduate of the Command and Control Systems Course, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1, Marine Corps Command and Staff College and Joint Forces Staff College.
Dr. Naunihal Singh - Department of International Security Studies
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Col. Bob Smith - Department of Strategy
Colonel Smith enlisted in the Air Force in 1982 and served in Germany as a Russian linguist before completing his bachelor’s degree in Soviet Studies at the University of Maryland, University College. He earned his commission through the Officer Training School in 1987. During his career he has served as the Intelligence briefer to the Chief of Staff, the Chief of Exercises at ALASKAN Command and on OSD staff for the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office. Colonel Smith is a fully qualified Joint Service Officer. After earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and Public Policy at Auburn University, Colonel Smith served as Dean of Academics and then Dean of Resident Programs at Air Command and Staff College.
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. - Department of International Security Studies
Col. Charles F. Spencer, Jr. is the Deputy Chair of the Department of International Security Studies and the Director of the AWC Regional Cultural Studies Program. 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: 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. 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 6000 hours in the C-12F, C-141B, C-137A/B, C-32A, C-40B and C-37A/B.
Col. Richard B. Van Hook - Director of Student Operations
Col Richard B. Van Hook is the Director of Student Operations at the Air War College and previously served in the capacity of Air Force Space Command Chair to Air University. He has served as an Assistant Professor at the Air Force Academy and as Vice Commandant of the National Security Space Institute. Van Hook has commanded at the Squadron level and has served on the staffs of Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Headquarters U.S. Space Command, Headquarters U.S. Strategic Command and Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command. He served on the Air Component Coordination Element for Operation Iraqi Freedom at Camp Victory, Iraq. Van Hook received his commission from the Tennessee State University ROTC program with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Western Kentucky University in 1988. He holds Master's Degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Air University, and is a graduate of the Air Force Weapons School and a Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.
Col. Stephen B. Waller - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Stephen B. Waller is the Combat Air Forces Chair to Air University and teaches in the AWC Leadership and Warfighting Department. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree and Russian language minor. He holds Masters Degrees from Troy State University, Air Command and Staff College, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and U.S. Army War College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course with more than 2,225 hours in the F-16. He has served as a Fighter Squadron Commander, Strategist and Deputy Chief of ECJ5/8 Capabilities Division, U.S. European Command. Most recently, he served as the acting 57th Wing Vice Commander and Commander, 57th Operations Group, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. As the 57th Operations Group Commander he was responsible for joint academic training, conducting RED FLAG and GREEN FLAG exercises, and directing airfield operations, scheduling, training, and weather support at Nellis Air Force Base.
Mr. Adam Wasserman - Department of International Security Studies
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Col. Christian Watt - Department of Strategy
Col. Christian Watt, USAF, joined the Air War College faculty in 2014 as an instructor in the Strategy Department. 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 Ph.D. 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.
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.