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Bailey, Rick, Col

Col Rick Bailey received his PhD in Government from Georgetown University in 2006, concentrating on American Government and International Relations. He holds a bachelorís degree in Engineering Sciences from the US Air Force Academy and a masterís degree in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests focus on military personnel integration, interagency relationships, American voting behavior, the militaryís relationship with the media, and multinational operations.

Chiabotti, Stephen, Dr.

Dr Stephen D Chiabotti is graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, where he majored in physics. He earned his masters and PhD from Duke University with fields in the history of science and technology and military history.

Cochran, Shawn, Lt Col


Conversino, Mark, Dr.


Cullen, Timothy, Col


Hughes, Thomas, Dr.

Dr. Hughes is the author of Over Lord: General Pete Quesada and the Triumph of Tactical Air Power in World War II (The Free Press, 1995) which was a charter selection of the Air Force Chief of Staff's professional reading list. The author of numerous articles and book chapters, he has also served as a consulting editor for Encyclopedia Britannica and as a visiting lecturer at the Canadian Forces College, the Royal Thai Air War College, and the Bangladeshi Command and General Staff College. Dr. Hughes holds a B.A. from St. John's University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Additionally, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Merschon Center of The Ohio State University and a Ramsey Fellow at the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum.

Kiras, James, Dr.

Dr. Kiras received his PhD from the University of Reading (UK), his MA from the University of Toronto, and his BA from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He is the author of Special Operations and Strategy: From World War II to the War on Terrorism (Routledge, 2006) as well as several book chapters and articles.

McCarthy, Thomas, Col


Muller, Richard, Dr.

He is the author of The German Air War in Russia; The Luftwaffe's Way of War 1911-1945 (with James S. Corum); and most recently The Luftwaffe over Germany: Defense of the Reich (with Donald L. Caldwell), as well as many articles, book chapters and reviews. Dr Muller received his BA in history (with honors) from Franklin and Marshall College, and his MA and PhD degrees in military history from The Ohio State University. He has held fellowship appointments at Yale University and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

Smith, Michael, Col


Tucci, James, Dr.

Dr. Jim Tucci (Lt Col, USAF, Retired) is a graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where he read Greek and Latin for the A.B. degree. He also holds an M.A. in history from the University of Missouri at Columbia and a Ph.D. in Comparative World History from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Dr. Tucci has taught history, strategy, literature, classical language, and political science courses at the USAF Academy, the US Air Command and Staff College, and Auburn University.

Winton, Harold, Dr.

He is the author of Corps Commanders of the Bulge: Six American Generals and Victory in the Ardennes and To Change an Army: General Sir John Burnett-Stuart and British Armored Doctrine, 1927-1938; he also co-edited The Challenge of Change: Military Institutions and New Realities, 1918-1941. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College (correspondence), an honor graduate of the Command and General Staff College, and a graduate of the Advanced Operational Studies Fellowship Program. He holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Stanford University. His academic interests include history, biography, theory, doctrine, institutional reform, and insurgency/counterinsurgency.

Wright, Stephen, Dr.

Dr Stephen E. "Wilbur" Wright received his PhD in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University. He holds master´s degrees from SAAS (Class II), the Naval War College, and East Texas State University. His dissertation work examined alliance theory using NATO in the 1990s as the case study. Topics of his published works include NATO command structures, aerospace strategy, and asymmetric warfare.

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