About the Department:
The Department of International Security ACSC/DEI enhances students' abilities to think critically about the employment of military power in the international environment. Our two core courses broaden students' understanding of the nature of conflict as well as the current and future threats to the United States and its allies. The International Security I course introduces concepts and theories of international politics that enable students to understand the international security challenges civilian and military leaders face. The course also helps students recognize the cognitive frameworks and domestic political processes through which policymakers, diplomats, and commanders interpret the international security environment in order to craft and execute national policy. Students analyze and assess global and regional security issues which affect the maintenance of international order and influence the US national security agenda. The International Security II course introduces military theory, focusing on issues such as the nature and evolution of warfare, the range of military operations, the operational art, and the future of armed conflict. Whereas IS1 sets the context of the international environment, IS2 focuses on the military Instrument of Power within that global context. Through this examination, field grade officers and government personnel will have the tools to apply the lessons of military theory and armed force to operational challenges facing the United States and its essential partners.
Dr. Ronald Dains currently serves as Chair, Department of International Security. He holds an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Alabama and an MAS in Aeronautical Science and BS in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. During his doctoral matriculation he specialized in International Relations with minor fields of study in American Politics and Public Administration. His dissertation, Lasswell’s Garrison State Reconsidered: Exploring a Paradigm Shift in U.S.Civilian- Military Relations Research, explored the existence of plausible indicators to determine the potential for an increasingly influential military presence in the US policymaking process. He offers elective courses in US Civil-Military Relations and Logistics and the Use of Military Force. Dr. Dains was assigned to the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) from 2005 to his retirement in 2006.
Research Interest/Expertise: International Security.
Deputy Chair (MIL):
Lt Col Eltressa D. Spencer, DBA, is the Deputy Chair and Assistant Professor in the Department of International Security at Air Command and Staff College. She holds a doctorate degree in Global Business Sustainability and is a recent graduate of Air War College (AWC) in-residence program at Maxwell AFB, AL. In addition to teaching International Security Courses I and II, Lt Col Spencer is also an adjunct for the Leadership department and the International Officer School. Prior to attending AWC in-residence, she was assigned as the Defense Support of Civil Authorities Lead Planner and Functional Plans Deputy Branch Chief at US Pacific Command at Camp Smith Hawaii. She began her military career as an enlisted Information Management Specialist at Goodfellow AFB, TX.
Research Interests/Expertise: International Security, Sustainability, Green Building Policies, Environmental Practices, and changing corporate culture.
Deputy Chair (CIV):
Dr. Matthew R. Schwonek is associate professor of Comparative Military Studies in the Department of International Security of Air Command and Staff College. Currently he serves as deputy chairman of the Department of International Security, while he also oversees the exchange with the Polish Military Studies University. He teaches core courses on international security and military theory as well as electives/research seminars on the First World War and Politics and Security in Central Europe. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in East Central European and Russian History from The Ohio State University, where he formerly served as assistant director of the Center For Slavic and East European Studies. He is the author of several articles, essays, and reviews on the armed forces of Poland published in The Journal of Military History, Przegląd historyczny, War in History, the Polish Review, and the Journal of Slavic Military Studies. He currently serves on the editorial board of Przegląd wojskowo-historyczny (Warsaw). In progress is a biography of Gen. Kazimierz Sosnkowski (1885-1967).
Research Interest/Expertise: European Military and Diplomatic History, Military Thought and Strategy, Poland, Southeastern Europe, Russia.
Lt Col Anthony Kim is the Director of Staff and Instructor of International Security Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and co-instructor for Air University’s Homeland Security elective, which studies the changing course of National Security centering on ‘emergence’ or evolution of traditional national security as it relates to public safety. Lt Col Kim has participated in several AU, OSD and USAF wargames focused on Future Warfare and the role of ISR in multi-theater conflict. He is the former Reserve Advisor to the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education responsible for the management and training of the Center’s assigned Intelligence reservists and was the program manager that designed and launched the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Language Immersion Training Events currently used today. Lt Col Kim has taught extensively throughout Air University to include 41
Research Interest/Expertise: ROTC, OTS, SOS, ACSC distance learning and professional continuing education classes at the LeMay Center.
War Theory Course Director:
Dr. Kelly Grieco is an assistant professor in the Department of International Security at the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). She is also the Course Director for War Theory and teaches courses in war theory, international security, and military effectiveness. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was an affiliate of the Security Studies Program (SSP). She has held fellowships from the MIT Center for International Studies (CIS), the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Tobin Project. Her research interests include coalition warfare, coalition military effectiveness, military strategy and 39 US force posture. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the sources of coalition battlefield effectiveness.
War Theory, Deputy Course Director
LTC Chadwick Shields, United States Army, is an instructor of Leadership and Internal Security Studies at the Air Command and Staff College. His previous assignment was at the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) where he served as the Squadron Commander for the “Widowmakers”, 1-75th Cavalry Squadron. He has over three and a half years of combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan and has an operational deployment to Kosovo. He holds a Master’s Degree in Military Art and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, KS and a Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University. LTC Shields is a 1993 graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science in International Relations.
International Security I Course Director
Dr. Wes Hutto is Assistant Professor of International Security and Military Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He is also the Course Director for International Security 1 and teaches courses in war theory, military strategy, US foreign policy, and regional security. His research interests include multinational military exercises as they relate to international and regional security dynamics, IR theory, and institutional processes in international politics. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alabama. His recent publication “The Socialization of Military Power: Security Cooperation and Doctrine Development through Multinational Military Exercises” (coauthored with Derrick Frazier) is forthcoming in Defence Studies.
International Security I Deputy Course Director
Lt Col Benjamin D. Forest is an Instructor and Deputy Course Director in the Department of International Security (DEI) at Air Command and Staff College. During his 24-year Air Force officer and enlisted career, he has served in a variety of fields, including acquisition, cyberspace operations, recruiting, and contracting. He holds four masters degrees, including a Masters of Systems Engineering Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He has served in aircraft and satellite program offices, on the Air Staff, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is a graduated squadron commander.
International Security II Course Director
Dr. Ann Mezzell is an assistant professor in the Department of International Security. She is also the Course Director for International Security II. She holds an MA in political science from the University of Alabama and PhD in political science from the University of Georgia. Her fields of specialization include international relations and comparative politics. Her research focuses on new wars, failed states, human security, humanitarian intervention, and peace enforcement. In addition to teaching the international security core courses, she offers an elective on the state and social contract theory.
Lt Col Jonathan Arnett, PhD, is an associate professor of national security studies in the Department of International Security at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He is presently the deputy course director of International Security 1: Concepts and Challenges. He also teaches International Security 2: The Use of Armed Force and Joint Air Operations. Lt Col Arnett earned his PhD in political science from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York in Albany. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a 2006 graduate of Air Command and Staff College.
Research Interests: the use of armed force and norms, terrorism, insurgency and counter-insurgency.
Major Charlie Bueker is an Air Command and Staff College AY17 graduate and serves as an instructor in Air Command and Staff College's Department of International Security. Additionally, as the Political-Military Affairs Strategist (PAS) Course Director, he is tasked to deliberately develop field grade officers into international affairs specialists who will build positive relationships with global partners. Prior to his current assignment, Maj Bueker served as a B-1 pilot, Air Liaison Officer and Joint Terminal Attack Controller. He holds a MAS in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University, and a BS in Management from the United States Air Force Academy.
Lieutenant Colonel Anson Chiu is an Air Warfare Officer in the Republic of Singapore Airforce and joined the Department of International Security (DEI) in 2016, following his graduation from the Air Command and Staff College (in residence) program. Prior to joining Air Command and Staff College, he has served in a variety of staff and leadership appointments at the Squadron, Operational Command, and at the Headquarters level. Anson graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Second Class Upper Honors) in Mechatronics from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and has Masters Degree from Cranfield University, United Kingdom and Air Command and Staff College. In 2004, he was part of the Singapore's Joint Task Force and served as a liaison officer during the Tsunami Rescue and Relief Mission in Meulaboh, Indonesia.
Research Interest/Expertise: Russian affairs, Just War literature, international relations theory, and philosophy and psychology of education.
William Dean is an associate professor of history at the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, AL. He is a graduate of the Univ. of the South (Sewanee) and received his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago in European military and diplomatic history. He was a Chateaubriand recipient from the French government and has won the Military Officer of America Association (MOAA) award for civilian educator of the year and the Major General John Alison Award for Air Force Special Operations. He has published on French colonial warfare, intelligence, and air power issues in Revue Hisotrique des Armees, Penser les Ailes Francais, Defense Intelligence Review, and several chapters in various books.
Dr. DiPrizio earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Delaware in 2000 with a focus on international security studies and comparative politics. After a short stint at West Virginia University, he joined the faculty at ACSC. Dr. DiPrizio has held numerous leadership positions there and currently serves as an Associate Professor of International Security Studies in the Department of International Studies. He teaches seminars on US national security, contemporary warfare, and Arab-Israeli conflict. He is the author of the book Armed Humanitarians: US Interventions from Northern Iraq to Kosovo (Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, August 2002) and is currently revising his manuscript America in the World Today which introduces readers to America’s most pressing international security concerns.
LCDR Sean Ferguson is an Instructor of International Security Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and he is a member of the International Security Studies course team. In addition to teaching core courses, he teaches in an elective on Small Wars. Prior to coming to ACSC, LCDR Ferguson served as Officer in Charge, Strategic Systems Programs Fleet Support Detachment where he trained and certified Pacific and Atlantic ballistic missile submarine crews in strategic weapon system operation. His previous tours include USS ASHEVILLE (SSN 758), Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, USS KENTUCKY (SSBN 737) (BLUE), and the Commander Submarine Force Pacific staff.
Dr. Mary Hampton is Professor of National Security and Course Director for the International Security I core course at the Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB. She was the Associate Dean for Academics at ACSC and has been Professor of National Security at ACSC since 2003. Prior to ACSC, Dr. Hampton was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah for 14 years, where she went immediately after receiving her PhD from UCLA. Her research focuses on International relations Theory, European security, German security and foreign policy, women and German politics, issues and identity in trans-Atlantic relations, Russian foreign policy, the media and foreign policy, and US foreign and security policy.
Dr. Hampton has written extensively on NATO, European security, German foreign, domestic, and security policy, Russian foreign policy, U.S. foreign and security policy, and identity politics in international relations.
Her co-edited book (with Donald Hancock, Vanderbilt University), The Baltic Security Puzzle: Regional Developments in Integration, Democratization and Authoritarianism, was published in 2015 by Rowman and Littlefield. Her previous book, A Thorn in Transatlantic Relations: American and European Perceptions of Threat and Security (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013), was published in 2013. She has published many articles and chapters, including “German unification: 20 Years Later”, in Carl Caldwell, ed., German Unification (Palgrave, 2011), and “Living in a World of Dangers and Strangers: Changing EU and German Perceptions of Threat” (German Politics and Society, 2011). She is currently writing an article on Putin and foreign policy and a book chapter on Russian politics.
Dr. Kevin C. Holzimmer is Professor of Comparative Military Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). Before his current position at ACSC, he was a research professor at the USAF Air Force Research Institute and taught at the School for Advanced Air and Space Studies. Dr. Holzimmer has published numerous studies on World War II in the Pacific, including General Walter Krueger: Unsung Hero of the Pacific War (University Press of Kansas). He is currently working on a book-length project that examines how the principal air, land, and sea commanders forged an effective joint team that successfully fought the Japanese in Douglas MacArthur’s Southwest Pacific Area. In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Holzimmer has worked on recent policy concerns, first with GEN David H. Petraeus’ USCENTCOM Joint Strategic Assessment Team (9 October 2008- February 2009) and most recently conducting fieldwork in charting a U.S. Air Force strategy based upon President Obama’s famous “pivot to Asia” speech. He holds a PhD in military history from Temple University.
Dr. Michael Kraig is Associate Professor of International Security at Air Command and Staff College, Alabama. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University at Buffalo, New York, with a major in international security studies and a minor in comparative politics. Dr. Kraig served in several senior capacities with the Stanley Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan NGO devoted to advocating security policy options for the United States and its competitors that would moderate the extremes of their geopolitical disagreements. He was a frequent traveler to Washington, DC, Europe, and the Middle East to give scholarly presentations to senior policy leaders, policy analysts, and academics. His publications include the book Shaping U.S. Military Forces for the Asia Pacific: Lessons from Conflict Management in Past Great Power Eras, by Rowman & Littlefield Press, and numerous articles on US-Iran relations, nuclear deterrence in the developing world between regional rivals, and military theory and its relation to US conventional force posture in East Asia, in The Journal of Peace Research, India Review, Security Studies, and Strategic Studies Quarterly.
Wing Commander Rich Milburn currently serves as the UK Liaison Officer to ACSC and is an instructor in the Department of International Security. He holds an LL.B from the University of Durham and an MSc from Kingston University London in Aerospace Systems. His Masters’ thesis was titled Advanced Radar and Infra-red Solutions for the Detection of Rockets, Artillery and Mortars. He graduated from ACSC AY16 with academic distinction. Milburn is an Aerospace Battle Manager, who has spent considerable time in tactical Air Command and Control posts, including a tour of duty in Iraq in 2003 and two tours of duty in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2010. More recently, Milburn was the Executive Officer of the UK Air C2 ISR Test and Evaluation (T&E) Squadron at RAF Waddington that is responsible for the T&E of multiple platforms including the Sentry E-3D, Sentinel R1 and the Airseeker Programme, as well as ground-based radar and tactical data links. His final assignment prior to being at Maxwell was as the Head of the Battle Management Branch at the NATO Deployable Air Command and Control System, Recognised Picture Production Centre and Sensor Fusion Post (DARS), part of NATO’s Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC). Milburn was assigned to the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) from 2015 to 2018.
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