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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.
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.
Lt Col Rob Bodisch, USMC - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Lieutenant Colonel Rob Bodisch, USMC, is an Armor Officer and instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. Previously, he served as the Commanding Officer for 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC. Other previous assignments include Capabilities Officer, Marine Corps Combat Development Command Quantico, VA, G-3 Future Operations Officer at 2nd Marine Division, and other staff and command tours in 1st and 2nd Tank Battalions. As part of a dual track MOS program, he served as an Intelligence Officer with Joint Task Force North, USNORTHCOM at Ft Bliss, TX and Marine Air Group 36 in Okinawa, Japan. Deployments include Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and East Africa. LtCol Bodisch was commissioned from Texas A&M University after earning a BA in History. He has an MA in International Relations from Webster University and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the MAGTF Intelligence Officers Course, Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School, and the US Army Command and General Staff College.
Col James David Bottomlee - Department of International Security Studies
Colonel J. David Bottomlee is an instructor in the Department of International Security Studies where he teaches National Security Decision Making and Global Security. Recent assignments include: AFIT Ph.D. student at Auburn University, Director of Air Operations NATO headquarters Afghanistan, and Commander of the 3rd Fighter Training Squadron. Colonel Bottomlee was a distinguished graduate from the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program. He is a command pilot with more than 2,500 flight hours in the F-16 and AT-38 including 250 combat hours on multiple combat deployments. Colonel Bottomlee was awarded a B.S. in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy. He completed a M.B.A. at California State University, a M.A. in Psychology/Leadership Development from the University of Colorado, and a M.A. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is currently completing his Ph.D. dissertation in the Political Science department at Auburn University.
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
Stephen F. Burgess has been Professor of International Security Studies, US Air War College since June 1999. He has published books and numerous articles, book chapters and monographs on Asian and African security issues, Peace and Stability Operations, and Weapons of Mass Destruction. His books include The United Nations under Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 1992-97 and South Africa’s Weapons of Mass Destruction. His recent journal articles include “International Assistance Efforts at State-Building in Africa: Are There Alternatives?” Comparative Strategy, 36: 2 (June 2017); “Rising Bipolarity in the South China Sea: The Impact of the US Rebalance to Asia on China’s Expansion,” Contemporary Security Policy (37: 1 (April 2016); and “The US Pivot to Asia and Renewal of the US-India Strategic Partnership,” Comparative Strategy, 34: 4 (July 2015). He holds a doctorate from Michigan State University (1992) and has been on the faculty at the University of Zambia, University of Zimbabwe, Vanderbilt University, and Hofstra University.
Col Ken Callahan - Department of Strategy
Colonel Callahan joined the Air War College faculty in 2017 and is the Director of the Grand Strategy Seminar. He is a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours in the C-141, C-5, T-37, and MQ-1B and has deployed numerous times in support of combat operations. From 2009 to 2010 he commanded the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, overseeing all Air Force remotely piloted launch, recovery, and base defense activities in Iraq. Throughout Colonel Callahan’s career, he has assessed, recommended, and integrated new technologies for combat operations in the Air Force. At U.S. Transportation Command, he formed and led an office responsible for operationalizing new asset in-transit visibility technology; while on the Air Staff, he worked in the A2 Innovations office assessing the utility and viability of defense contractor research projects; and he served as the Director for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Capabilities advising senior military and civilian leaders on the current and future policies and capabilities for the remotely piloted aircraft fleet. Colonel Callahan has a Doctorate of Management focusing on organizational leadership and the integration of disruptive technologies and a Ph.D. in History specializing in twentieth century American history and the history of technology.
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.
CAPT Steve Dradzynski, U.S. Navy - Department of Leadership and Warfighting, and U.S. Navy Advisor to Air University
CAPT Steve Dradzynski, U.S. Navy, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, and serves as the U.S. Navy Advisor to Air University. Previously, he served as Naval Forces Chief of Staff and Liaison Officer to U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida. He was the N3, Operations Officer, for Strategic Communications Wing 1 from 2009-2012. Other previous assignments include command of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 7 (VQ-7), duty as Airborne Command Post Communications Officer for U.S. Strategic Command and various other sea and staff assignments. Captain Dradzynski earned his Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Methods in Management from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan in 1987. He was commissioned from Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1989. Captain Dradzynski completed a Master of Arts in National Security from the Naval War College and earned a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the National War College.
Col Douglas Drake - Dean of Students
Col. Douglas Drake, USAF, Ph.D., joined the Air War College faculty in 2015 and is the Dean of Students. Before completing his Doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado, during which he studied Educational Psychology with a focus on Cognition and Instruction, he was the Deputy Chief of the Training, Test, Exercises and Evaluation Division at Air Force Space Command Headquarters. Col Drake has held various staff positions at the squadron, group, wing and MAJCOM levels. In 2014, he deployed to Afghanistan to serve as the principal advisor to the Afghan Air Force Director of Plans and Programs in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support. He holds a Master’s in Education from Montana State University as well as a Master’s in Joint Information Operations from Naval Postgraduate School. His areas of interest and expertise include leadership education and training, teaching pedagogy, teacher education and faculty development.
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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.
Lt Col Anthony Franks, USAFR - Air Force Cyber College
Lt Col Anthony Franks, USAFR, is an instructor with the Air Force Cyber College. He is a command pilot with over 4,000 hours in the B-52H, C-130H2, and trainer aircraft serving as squadron commander, evaluator, instructor, and staff officer with over 18 years of flying experience and 6 years of Joint Special Operations experience. He has over 680 hours of combat time during Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE, and operations with Counter Terrorism JSOTFs. He serves as an Air University Cyber College instructor. He entered the Air Force with a commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1999, graduating with a B.S. in Business Management. In addition, he earned a Master of Science from Southwestern Assemblies of God University as well as a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Air War College.
Dr. 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.
Col Steve Gregg - Department of Leadership and Warfighting, Combat Air Forces Chair to Air University
Colonel Steve Gregg, USAF, is the Combat Air Forces Chair to Air University and an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. Commissioned in 1993 he served five years as an Army Officer culminating in AH-64 Maintenance Company Command. During three AFSOC tours he served as an Instructor Pilot and as Director, MH-53M Weapons Instructor Course (WIC). After ACSC/SAASS he served as the Deputy Chief, Strategy Division in the Korea Air Operations Center. In Air Force Rescue he commanded a squadron at RAF Lakenheath, two deployed squadrons, a Rescue Group, and two Air Expeditionary Groups during their initial stand-ups. He has served in leadership roles in combat operations in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Djibouti, Iraq, and the Libya Campaign. He led the Security Assistance Team at US Embassy-Iraq, at the outset of Operation Inherent Resolve, rebuilding and reequipping the Iraqi Army, Air Force, Navy, and Counterterrorism Forces. He previously served as the Deputy A3 at Air Combat Command overseeing 34 Wings and 83,000 personnel and as the Deputy Chair, CAF Developmental Team guiding its 9,300 officers. He is an Auburn graduate as well as an Air Command and Staff College Distinguished Graduate and School of Advanced Air and Space Studies graduate. His War College experience was as a Member of the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) in London, England and he maintains those relations with senior leaders from 42 nations as a Political Affairs Specialist.
Dr. Amit Gupta - Department of International Security Studies
Dr. Amit Gupta works on international security issues, the politics of globalization, Indian and Australian politics, popular culture, media 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, crisis diplomacy, deterrence, and airpower. His multi-method research combines 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
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.
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.
Col Glenn Hillis - Department of Leadership and Warfighting, and Air Force Global Strike Chair to Air University
Col Glenn Hillis, U.S. Air Force, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, and serves as the Air Force Global Strike Chair to Air University. Col Hillis entered the Air Force in 1991 through Officer Training School. He has served as a Minuteman combat crew commander, instructor, evaluator, flight commander, and intercontinental ballistic missile flight test officer. He served in space assignments including Defense Support Program, Space-Based Infrared Systems, and has worked more than 100 ICBM, SLBM, and space launch operations. His staff tours include wing executive officer, staff and executive officer positions at Headquarters Air Force, and the Joint Staff. Colonel Hillis commanded the 1st Range Operations Squadron, Cape Canaveral, Florida, where he led range operations and flight safety for the first three SpaceX Falcon 9 launches and the final five space shuttle launch and recovery flights. Prior to his current assignment, he commanded the Air Force's largest ICBM operations group at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, where he was charged with rebuilding the group following an officer drug and cheating scandal and the largest investigation in OSI history.
Dr. Kristin L. Hissong - Air Force Culture and Language Center
Dr. Kristin L. Hissong is an Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region with the Air War College’s Culture and Language Center. She holds a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from the Institute for Middle East Studies at King’s College London. Her primary field of concentration is religious and national identities of various communities in the MENA region with attention to cultures, nationalisms, gender, and memory. She has taught at the undergraduate and postgraduate level in the fields of political science and international studies as well as ethnicity and nationalism studies at King’s College London, University of London Birkbeck College, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has published in the Journal of Nations and Nationalism, the Journal of the Middle East and Africa, History Compass, and the Journal of Military History on topics such as belonging, Muslim-Jewish relations in Arab communities, political narrative, and peacekeeping. Her forthcoming book Nationalisms and Jewish Identity in Morocco: A History of a Minority Community will be published in 2018. Dr. Hissong teaches courses on the modern Middle East, the politics of Islamic struggle, and other electives concerning the utility of gender in peacebuilding and peacekeeping efforts and the malleability of memory for narrative building.
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, USAFR - Department of Strategy, and IMA to AWC/CC
Colonel David Jones is the Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) to the Commandant, Air War College. A career Airman (both enlisted and officer), Colonel Jones is a Joint Qualified Officer, Air War College Instructor 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.
Dr. Frank Kalupa - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Dr. Frank Kalupa, is an Associate Professor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, and serves as the Director of the Strategic Leadership Communication Program. His communication career is a diverse blend of university teaching, research, and administration; corporate and government consulting, aerospace public relations, and journalism. Before joining Air University in 2016, he was a professor at James Madison University, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and University of Texas, Austin. He served as Chair of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Alabama and as Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. He was a Visiting Professor of Strategic Communication at the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania, American University in Paris, Syracuse University in New York, and Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He contributed to academic and professional programs in England, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Chile, Mexico, Ghana, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, India, and Malaysia. He also served as managing director for the executive development program for corporate communications at San Francisco Academy. During 12 years in corporate public relations and journalism, he was director of communication for an aerospace research and development center in California and a reporter and an editor with newspapers in California and Wisconsin. He received his doctoral degree in communication and master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, and has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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 Gary W. Kirk, ANG - Air National Guard Advisor
Colonel Gary W. Kirk is the Air National Guard Advisor (ANG) to the Commander of Air University. Colonel Kirk entered the active duty Air Force after graduating from Southeast Missouri State University in 1986. He earned a MBA from Golden Gate University in 1988 and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the AWC in 2006. He entered the Alabama ANG in 1995. During his years of service, he has been an adjutant, communications officer, supply officer, logistics officer, personnel officer, and has been a commander at the flight, squadron and group level. His interests are in the areas of Domestic Support to Civil Authorities and Domestic Operations.
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.
Dr. Carrie Lee - Department of International Security Studies
Carrie Lee an assistant professor at the U.S. Air War College. She studies how democratic political institutions affect inter-state conflict and foreign policy decision-making. Her work evaluates how elections alter the incentives of democratic leaders during conflict, resulting in changes to battlefield strategies in the month leading up to an election as politicians attempt to reduce casualties. She has also done work on counterinsurgency strategy, humanitarian crises and intervention, and nuclear arms control and nonproliferation.

Dr. Lee has previously held fellowships at the Notre Dame International Security Center and the RAND Corporation. Her work has been supported by the U.S. Air Force, the Stanton Foundation, LBJ Foundation, Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, and Stanford University, and has been included on syllabi at Yale, MIT, Stanford, and other major universities. Her PhD dissertation (upon which her book manuscript is based) was awarded first runner-up for the 2015 Kenneth Waltz Prize from the American Political Science Association, an award that recognizes the best dissertation written in security studies in a calendar year. She remains an adjunct political scientist for RAND, where she works on hypersonic missile technology and nonproliferation issues.

Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 2015, and a S.B. from MIT in 2010.

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.
Col Niki Lindhorst - Department of Leadership and Warfighting, Air Force Space Command Chair to Air University
Col Niki Lindhorst, U.S. Air Force, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, and serves as the Air Force Space Command Chair to Air University. Previously, she served as Deputy Division Chief of Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Transport Division, Joint Staff J6. She was the commander of the Enterprise Operations Squadron at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA from 2013-2015. Other previous assignments include operations officer of the Enterprise Operations Squadron, Deputy Career Field Manager for the Space and Missile Operations career field (OEF 10-11), and various positions within Air Force Space Command and Air Education and Training Command. Col Lindhorst was commissioned from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Southern Illinois University in 1995 earning a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology. She attended graduate school at Trident University earning a master’s degree in Education Leadership. She earned a Master’s of Military Operational Arts and Sciences from the Air Force Command and Staff College in 2009 and completed Air War College in 2012.
Dr. David Luginbuhl - Department of Leadership and Warfighting, and Air Force Research Laboratory Chair to Air University
Dr. David Luginbuhl is an Instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting and serves as the Air Force Research Laboratory Chair to Air University. Dr. Luginbuhl’s Air Force career began as a Computer Systems Development Officer, first with the 20th Missile Warning Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, then with Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. After earning his PhD, he continued his career as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He then managed the Software and Systems Program at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). Dr. Luginbuhl finished his 20-year military career in the Defense Programs Office at Headquarters Department of Energy, where he was Program Manager and Director of the Simulation and Computer Science Division in the Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing. He retired from active duty in 2000 and accepted an appointment as an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. He returned to AFOSR in 2006 as Systems and Software Program Manager. In 2011, he was appointed Assistant Chief Scientist, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He assumed his current position in July 2015. Dr. Luginbuhl received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics from Florida State University.
Mr. Kevin Madden - Department of International Security Studies
Mr. Kevin Madden is the Defense Intelligence Advisor to Air University. He is responsible for representing the Agency and instructing and researching across the University’s institutions on relevant security issues. Mr. Madden previously served as the Deputy Director for Strategic Assessments, Target Intelligence, Plans and Exercise in U.S. Forces Korea. In this capacity he authored the “Threat Assessment of Korea” and played key roles in the development of critical intelligence assessments, operational and targeting plans, and exercise scenarios. Prior, Mr. Madden served more than 29 years as a U.S. Army Armor/Cavalry and Northeast Asia Foreign Area Officer, retiring as a colonel in 2011. He served as the Defense and Army Attaché to the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea during a volatile period which included North Korea’s attack on the Republic of Korea Navy Ship Cheonan and shelling of Yeongpyeong Island. Previously he served as the 55th Chief of JUSMAG-K, managing more than US$12 billion in Foreign Military Sales programs while supporting over US$12 billion in Direct Commercial Sales. During this period Mr. Madden was responsible for drafting and advocating for the eventual passage of H.R. 7177-4 which gave the Republic of Korea equal status to NATO members for defense acquisition. Mr. Madden also served as the Secretary, UNCMAC in Panmunjom and Seoul where he negotiated with North Korea’s military and managed the Demilitarized Zone. A specialist in Northeast Asia and Korea affairs and the US-ROK security alliance. Mr. Madden lived and worked in South Korea for over nineteen years and traveled extensively throughout Asia, including China and North Korea. As the Senior Country Director for Korea and Japan, he served as the primary advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Korea and Japan affairs, and played an active role in the interagency policy process. He also served as the Executive Officer to the Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff where he assisted on global joint strategic planning, military strategy, politico-military matters, security assistance and policy, maritime affairs, arms control, disarmament, integration of all-source intelligence, international drug interdiction and international negotiations during initial operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr. Madden lectured and wrote on North Korea’s military, Northeast Asian security affairs, and joint operational warfare at the US Army’s Command and General Staff College, earning Instructor-of-the-Year honors. Mr. Madden is a Senior Service College Graduate and completed numerous other military courses including the Australian Command and Staff College and U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare Course. He served Senior Fellowships at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and Korea Institute for Defense Analysis. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Canberra and University of Washington. Mr. Madden served as the editor of the KIDA Papers and is published in the Far Eastern Economic Review and Korean-American Historical Society Occasional Papers. Mr. Madden is a recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the only foreigner to have been twice decorated by the President of the Republic of Korea with the Order of National Security Merit.
Lt Col Joseph Malizia, Jr, USA - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Malizia, Jr, USA, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. His last operational assignment was as Battalion Commander, 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion at Fort Stewart, GA. Prior to that, LTC Malizia served as the CJ-9 for the Combined Joint Task Force-10 in RC EAST; Assistant Chief of Staff, G9 for the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry); Plans Officer for the G-35, U.S. Army Special Operations Command; and various unit-level assignments as a Civil Affairs, Quartermaster, and Military Police Officer. He has extensive operational experience in Latin America and additional overseas deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. LTC Malizia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Richmond, a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and graduated with Honors from the Kansas University Interagency Studies Program with a Masters of Arts in Global and International Studies.
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 of the U.S. Air Force Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies. He has more than 30 years’ experience in Department of Defense (DoD) counter- weapons of mass destruction (WMD) policy and program development. In his current position, he oversees the development and execution of Air Force education, research, and outreach initiatives relating to counter-WMD and nuclear deterrence. Over his career, he has worked counter-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 seven books and numerous journal articles. His latest book is Countering WMD: Assessing the U.S. Government’s Policy (Rowman-Littlefield, 2016).
Dr. Brian McNeil - Department of Strategy
Brian McNeil is an assistant professor in the Department of Strategy at the U.S. Air War College. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, where he won the 2014-15 Barnes F. Lathrop Prize for the best dissertation written in the Department of History. Dr. McNeil’s research focuses on the United States and the world with an emphasis on the challenges that humanitarianism and decolonization posed for American foreign policy during the second half of the twentieth century. His topics of expertise include U.S. foreign relations and American society, humanitarianism, decolonization, and globalization.
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 - Deputy Commandant of the Air War College
Col. Matthew C. Molineux, USAF, is the Deputy Commandant of 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 he 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. Shanon Mosakowski, USA - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Colonel Shanon Mosakowski, USA, is a Field Artillery branch officer and an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting at Air War College. He most recently served as the Deputy and Primary Fire Support Coordinator for CJTF-OIR. He commanded 3-320th Field Artillery, 3BCT/101st Airborne Division. Other assignments include Instructor in the Airpower and Leadership department, Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, AL; Deputy Commanding Officer and Brigade Executive Officer, 4-25th BCT (Airborne); Battalion Executive Officer, 2-377 Parachute Field Artillery Regiment; Brigade Plans Officer, Brigade Chief of Operations, 4-25th BCT (Airborne); Battalion Operations Officer, 1-38th FA; Operations Officer and Senior Advisor to the 207th IN Group (Eskimo Scouts) 2-196th IN; Battery Commander, A/3-320th Field Artillery and Battalion Fire Support Officer, 2 -187th IN (3BCT/101st Airborne Division); Squadron Fire Support Officer and Assistant Operations Officer, 1/6 Cavalry Squadron; Battery Executive Officer, Battalion Targeting Officer, Company Fire Support Officer, C Battery/4-11 Field Artillery (TF 1-501 Airborne). He has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on multiple occasions and Operation Inherent Resolve. COL Mosakowski is a 1994 distinguished military graduate of the University of North Alabama. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University and a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies from the 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.
Dr. Deonna Neal - eSchool of Graduate PME
Dr. Deonna Neal is an Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics at the eSchool of Graduate PME and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Leadership and Warfare at Air War College. Prior to coming to Air University she taught at the Air Force Academy where she served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Lyon Chair of Professional Ethics and as a Research Fellow in the Center for Character and Leadership Development. Dr. Neal earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Behavior and Leadership from the US Air Force Academy in 1994. After serving 5 years in the Air Force, Dr. Neal went on to earn a degree from the University of Oxford, where she studied political theology, military ethics and the just war tradition. She completed her PhD in Moral Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Neal’s research interests include professional military ethics, political theology, the history of Christian political thought, the just war tradition, and the ethics of emerging technologies of national security and intelligence, to include cyber ethics, the ethics of human enhancement, and the ethics of autonomous weapons. Dr. Neal is a general aviation pilot and FAA glider flight instructor. In her free time she trains for and competes in triathlons. Dr. Neal was most recently recognized a as the 2016 AETC Civilian Educator of the Year.
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 Charlie Ohliger - Department of Leadership and Warfighting, and Mobility Air Forces Chairman for Air University
Colonel Charlie Ohliger is an Air War College instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, and serves as Mobility Air Forces Chairman for Air University. Previously he served as Vice Commander, 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He commanded the 731st Air Mobility Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea, and served as Air Mobility Command’s senior representative to US Forces Korea’s air component command. As 3d Airlift Squadron Director of Operations, he led a C-17 squadron deployment to OEF/OIF. Col Ohliger was commissioned through Air Force ROTC and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Cal Poly Pomona. He is a graduate of three Master’s Degree programs: Human Resources Development at Webster University; Military Operational Arts and Sciences at the Air Command and Staff College; and Strategic Studies at the Air War College, where he graduated with highest academic distinction. Col Ohliger is a command pilot with nearly 5,000 hours--350 in combat—in the C-17, KC-135, C-21, T-37 and T-1 aircraft.
Col Duane Opperman - AU 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 - Deputy Chair, 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.
Dr. Elizabeth Peifer - Air Force Culture and Language Center
Dr. Elizabeth L.B. Peifer is Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Europe) at the Air Force Culture and Language Center. She holds a Ph.D. in European History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has twenty years of university teaching experience in World History and European Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at AFCLC in August 2016, she was Director of Faculty Programs for the Associated Colleges of the South. Dr. Peifer specializes in contemporary German society and culture, and her teaching and research interests include: social movements; the language and culture of radicalism; generational identity; public memory and national narratives; and genocide studies.
Col Melissa Phillips, USAFR - Reserve Advisor to the Air University Commander and President
Col Mel Phillips, USAFR, is the Reserve Advisor to the Air University Commander and President, and an adjunct faculty member in the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. She is the senior reserve advisor for AU and directs operations of AU reserve budgets/assets, leading 6 full-time/184 part-time/100+ VLPAD personnel, and more than 2,300 AFR students. Col Phillips is a senior pilot with more than 2,100 hours in the C-141B, C-17, T-37 and UV-18B aircraft. Her previous assignments include: Deputy Group Commander, Basic Cadet Training, United States Air Force Academy (USAFA); Deputy Director, National Outreach and Plans, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, OSD/Reserve Affairs; Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Director of Reserve Affairs/Dean of Faculty, USAFA; Operations Group Exec and Flight Commander, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training; Air Force Intern: J-4 and HAF; and C-17 Airdrop Aircraft Commander/C-141B pilot. She earned a BS in Operations Research from USAFA in 1996, and a Master of Public Administration from University of Oklahoma in 2005. Col Phillips is a distinguished graduate from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and the C-141 Initial Qualification courses. She completed IDE as a Strategic Policy Intern in 2006 and completed AWC in 2012. Her interests include Total Force Initiatives and ARC utilization.
Dr. James E. Platte - USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies
Dr. James E. Platte is an assistant professor with the USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies (CUWS), and he is an instructor for the deterrence elective course offered by CUWS. Prior to joining CUWS in 2017, Dr. Platte was an intelligence research specialist with the U.S. Department of Energy, and he also has worked on nuclear counterproliferation with the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Nuclear Security Administration. He received his PhD in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and has held research fellowships with the East-West Center, Pacific Forum CSIS, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Platte broadly is interested in the military and commercial applications of nuclear energy, and his research particularly focuses on nuclear issues in East Asia, including North Korea's nuclear program, U.S. extended deterrence, and the proliferation of nuclear technology across the region.
Lt Col Aron Potter - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Lt Col Aron Potter is the Director, Executive Leader Feedback Program (ELFP), Air War College (AWC), Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The ELFP includes an in-depth 360 degree leadership assessment, self-awareness scale, mentoring program, and a peer-to-peer survey for the in-residence Senior Developmental Education (SDE) programs at the AWC. Lt Col 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 in 2009 and the Journal of Character and Leadership Integration in 2016. 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 Rob Renfro, PhD - Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Col Rob Renfro, PhD, U.S. Air Force, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. He previously served as an Afghanistan-Pakistan Hand (AFPAK Hand) for USCENTCOM Directorate of Operations (J3), serving four tours in Afghanistan as a Security Assistance Officer (SAO), Peace Process Advisor/Reintegration Officer, Deputy ISAF CJ35, and Director of the Presidential Information Coordination Center. He speaks Arabic, Dari/Farsi, Pashtu, Urdu/Hindi, and German. Other assignments include USCENTCOM Combat Assessments, Air Staff Chief of Risk Assessments, National Air Intelligence Center Engagement Analysis/Chief of Scientific and Technical Intelligence Liaison Officer Team, and Inspection Operations-Chemical at the On-Site Inspection Agency. Deployments include Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain. He is a Malone Fellow, former Research Assistant, and former Regional Executive Director of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Col Renfro was commissioned from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1994 earning a Bachelor's of Science in Operations Research and a minor in Arabic. He studied Arabic, Arab Anthropology and Islamic History at the University of Aleppo, Syria. He holds a master’s of Science in Operational Analysis/Strategy and Tactics from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), a master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College (JMIC), a Master’s of Military Arts and Science in Theater Operations from U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), and a PhD in Operations Research from AFIT. He attended the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies following CGSC. He has completed Air Command and Staff College and Air War College by correspondence. Col Renfro has previously taught Middle East Intelligence Issues and Concepts at the JMIC and International Relations for Webster University.
Col James Rodriguez - Department of Leadership and Warfighting, USSOCOM Chair to AU
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 - Acquisition and Sustainment 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.
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.
Col Mike Sierco - Course Director, Grand Strategy Seminar, and Chair, 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.
CAPT Quinn Skinner - Department of International Security Studies
CAPT Quinn Skinner, U.S. Navy, is an instructor at the Air War College Department of International Security Studies. CAPT Skinner’s leadership roles include serving as Executive Officer at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story (Virginia); Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae (South Korea); and as the Commanding Officer of MCM CREW CONSTANT. His staff assignments include Deputy Director of Family Policy and Military Assistant to the Principal Director to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also served as Operations Officer for Commander, Destroyer Squadron FIVE ZERO (CDS-50) in Bahrain from March 2002 to September 2003, planning and executing maritime tasks for Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. CAPT Skinner has also been privileged to learn and teach as a tactics instructor in two assignments. He graduated with distinction from the U. S. Naval Academy, holds a Master’s in Management from the University of Maryland University College, and was the February 2012 Honor Graduate of the U. S. Naval War College.
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 Syria in Ruins: The Dynamics of the Syrian Civil War (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers, 2016; 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, 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).
Dr. Susan L. Steen - Air Force Culture and Language Center
Susan Steen is an Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural Communication in the Air Force Culture and Language Center. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2007, focused on intercultural communication, and has held a variety of positions in the field of international education. Prior to joining AFCLC in Fall 2015, she served as Assistant Provost and Director of International Engagement at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Dr. Steen has authored a number of works involving cross-cultural and reentry adaptation, intercultural competence, cultural influences on emotional expression, language practices, and political rhetoric, among others. She has presented widely in the US and abroad on issues of intercultural adaptation and effectiveness. Her current research interests include the intersections of cosmopolitan communication and cultural competence; communication in life transitions; leadership communication; organizational culture; and intercultural boundaries and borders. She teaches regional and cultural studies (the U.S.), and electives focused on communication, culture and leadership.

Col David E. Stone - AU Cyber Chair, Air Force Cyber College
Col David E. Stone is the AU Cyber Chair and Director of Operations, AF Cyber College. He's participated in expeditionary defensive cyber operations for the F-22 and the Afghanistan Mission Network; served on the Joint Staff developing and implementing Joint Doctrine, standing rules of engagement, execute orders, the Cyber Mission Force, and Presidential Policy Directives and DOD Strategies for cyberspace operations; commanded a base comm squadron in an ICBM wing and the AF's cyberwarfare capabilities development squadron; and developed proof-of-concept capabilities for air-enabled cyberspace operations that are being ATO-tasked for employment in current combat operations. Col Stone completed IDE at the Naval Postgraduate School, earning degrees in Computer Science and Information Operations with a focus on computer network attack; he completed SDE as an Air Force Fellow at the Idaho National Laboratory with a focus on cyber-physical/control systems.
Group Captain Paul J. Taylor, MA, BSc, RAF - Department of Strategy
Group Captain (Colonel) Taylor joined the Royal Air Force after his BSc Degree in 1986, and qualified as a Navigator (Weapons System Operator) on the F4 Phantom in 1987. After 2 tours on Phantom at the height of the Cold War, he converted to the Tornado F3; he completed 3 tours on Tornado in the UK, and as an instructor on a 2-year exchange with the Italian Air Force. In his time on combat aircraft, he flew on operations over Iraq and Bosnia, and on UK national ops. In 2003, after completing UK Advanced Staff College, and his MA Degree, Gp Capt Taylor was selected for command as Officer Commanding No 23 Squadron, flying E-3D AWACS. He completed subsequent staff tours as a operational planner at the UK’s Permanent Joint HQ, at RAF Air Command HQ, and at US CENTCOM; in this time, he was involved in planning for operations in the Gulf, Libya, Syria and Mali. He was also Head of Strategy for the UK MOD-Saudi Arabia Project Team in Riyadh, KSA. Latterly, he was Head of Air Capability Development at RAF HQ Air Command, where he participated in several US-led strategic wargames, and accrued 3 years of experience and knowledge of the procurement system. Gp Capt Taylor graduated from the Grand Strategy Seminar on AWC AY17.
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 in 1988 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.
CAPT Paul Varnadore, USN - CJCS Chair to AU, Department of Leadership and Warfighting
Captain Paul Varnadore is a submarine warfare officer assigned to the Air War College as an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting and the CJCS Chair. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, he enlisted in the Navy in April, 1989. Following selection to the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program, he attended Auburn University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. During his last sea tour, he served as Commanding Officer of USS Louisiana (SSBN 743)(Blue). Other sea tours included assignments as a division officer aboard USS Maine (SSBN 741)(Blue); Engineer Officer on USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723); and Executive Officer on USS Tennessee (SSBN 734)(Blue). Ashore, Captain Varnadore served on the staff of Commander, Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Command in Norfolk, Virginia; the staff of Commander, Australian Submarine Force in Perth, Western Australia as the Principal Staff Officer for Operational Preparedness; the Joint Staff Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5) as Chief, Strategic Deterrence & Nuclear Policy Division. He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Science degree in Applied Physics and is a Joint Qualified Officer.
Lt Col (GS) Andreas Wachowitz - German Air Force Advisor, Department of Strategy
Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Wachowitz is the German Air Force Advisor to the Air University and serves as professor in the Department of Strategy at the Air War College. He served as a pilot and instructor on the Reconnaissance version of the TORNADO during ISAF and led the 511 Squadron of the Tactical Air Wing 51 “Immelmann” in Schleswig/Jagel AB, Germany, accumulating over 2500 flying hours. He has served in a variety of command and staff positions, most recently as Section Chief in the Strategic Reconnaissance Command and Desk Officer in the Strategy and Operations Department of the Federal Ministry of Defense. 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.
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 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. Corbin Williamson - Department of Strategy
Dr. Corbin Williamson is an Assistant Professor in the Air War College's Department of Strategy. He holds an M.A. in history from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. in history from Ohio State University. He has taught in the College of Distance Education for the U.S. Naval War College and worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Historical Office. His primary field of expertise is modern U.S. military and diplomatic history, especially U.S. naval history. He has published articles in Diplomatic History, Joint Force Quarterly, and the International Journal of Naval History. He teaches the Foundations of Strategy course and electives on coalition warfare, the Korean War, and World War II. Dr. Williamson's research and teaching interests include coalition warfare, acquisition history, military-Congressional relations, nuclear weapons, British and Commonwealth history, and the DoD organization. His dissertation on U.S. Navy relations with the British, Canadian, and Australian navies in the early Cold War is under review for publication.
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.