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Department of International Security

Department of International Security

The Department of International Security is made up of civilian and military faculty from across the joint force and includes officers from our nation’s allies. Faculty within the department are responsible for teaching, research, and service. The department develops and delivers two of the core courses: International Security 1 and International Security 2. The first course, IS 1, provides a comprehensive overview of the context in which the development of US grand strategy occurs. The second course, IS 2, explores the conduct of national security through the lens of military strategy.


 

Dr. Matthew Schwonek  

Dr. Matthew R. Schwonek currently is the Chair, Department of International Security, Air Command and Staff College (ACSC).  He is Associate Professor of Comparative Military Studies.  His responsibilities include teaching ACSC core courses in military theory, international relations, and security studies.  He also teaches elective course on politics and security in Central Europe.  He received a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in East Central European and Russian History from the Ohio State University in 1994.  Before coming to ACSC in 1996, he served as assistant director of Ohio State’s Center for Slavic and East European Studies.  His research interests include European military and diplomatic history, the history of Poland, Russia/Soviet Union, and Balkans.  He has published articles and book chapters on the history of Polish arms.  He is currently completing a political and military biography of Gen. Kazimierz Sosnkowski, spanning a career from terrorist to Commander in Chief.


Lt Col Shannon C. Cummins  

Lieutenant Colonel Shannon C. Cummins is the Deputy Chairman of the Department of International Security and the Cybersecurity Chairman at Air Command and Staff College.  He holds a MS in Telecommunications Management, a MAS in Military Operational Art and Science, and is a certified instructor of International Security Courses I and II.  Lt Col Cummins is a career expeditionary cyberspace officer with 19 years of experience in cyberspace operations at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels.  He is a twice graduated squadron commander with staff experience at the MAJCOM and COCOM levels.  Prior to his current assignment he led the 22d Communications Squadron at McConnel AFB, KS responsible for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers in direct support of the world’s largest air refueling wing flying worldwide aerial refueling and airlift operations in the KC-135 Stratotanker and KC-46 Pegasus.  LtCol Cummins received his commission in 2001 as a graduate of Kansas State University Reserve Officer Training Corps program.  He has been assigned to numerous operational, deployed, staff, and command positions. Prior to his current assignment he served as C4 Support Operations Branch Chief, C4 Operations Branch, C4/Cyber Directorate, United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.


Lt Col Matthew Youmans

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Youmans is the Director of Staff for the Department of International Security at Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). A 2019 ACSC graduate, he teaches two core curriculum International Security courses in addition to an elective course on international relations and game theory. Prior to his current assignment, Lt Col Youmans enabled the Nation’s strategic deterrence force as an ICBM combat crew commander, instructor, inspector, and nuclear war plans analyst. An Air Education and Training Command Master Instructor, he holds a Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree from Air University, a Master of Public Administration degree from American Military University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Iowa.  


Dr. Wes Hutto

Dr. Wes Hutto is Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies in the Department of International Security. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alabama. He serves as Course Director of International Security I: The Context of International Security, and offers an elective on comparative regional security. His research interests include international security, military science, multinational military exercises and US foreign policy, and comparative regional security. His work has been published in Defence Studies and RUSI Journal.


Lt Col Anthony Kim 

Lt Col Anthony Kim is an Instructor of International Security Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). Previously the IN Deputy Director to the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education responsible for the management and training of the Center’s intelligence and wargaming exercises.  Lt Col Kim has taught extensively throughout Air University to include ROTC, OTS, SOS, ACSC distance learning and professional continuing education classes at the LeMay Center.


Lt Col Jon Beach

Lt Col Jon Beach is an Air Command and Staff College AY13 graduate and serves as an instructor in Air Command and Staff College's Department of International Security.  He taught International Security 1 in AY20 and Joint Planning in AY19.  Lt Col Beach previously worked as the Deputy Requirements Division Chief on the AMC staff.  He has served as a Political Affairs Specialist, Program Element Monitor, Chief of Wing Planning and Program Manager.  He holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Biology from the Harvard Extension School and a Bachelor of Engineering in Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.


Dr. Ann Mezzell

Dr. Ann Mezzell earned her MA in political science from the University of Alabama and her PhD in the same field from the University of Georgia. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Security at Air Command and Staff College, she teaches the department’s core courses and serves as course director of the International Security II (military strategy) course. In addition, Dr. Mezzell offers electives on state security challenges and the use of force in peacekeeping operations. Her recent publications appear in Strategic Studies Quarterly.​


Dr. Ronald Dains

Dr. Ronald Dains is an Associate Professor of Military and Security Studies in the Air Command and Staff College’s Department of International Security.  He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Alabama, an MS and BS in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and two Associate Degrees from the Community College of the Air Force.  Dr. Dains has presented ACSC core courses in International Security, War Theory, Warfare Studies, Regional and Cultural Studies, and Joint Air Campaign Planning along with elective courses in US Civil-Military Relations and the History of Logistics.  He also served as Chair of the Department of International Security from 2015-2020.  He is presently editing a proposal for a book on Civil-Military Relations, along with researching material for series of articles on followership.  Ron served at the US Air Force Academy from 1998-2001 as instructor of Military Strategic Studies, Cadet Wing Newspaper advisor, Squadron Professional Ethics Advisor, and Assistant Editor for USAFA’s journal AIRMAN-SCHOLAR.  Dr. Dains is a retired Aircraft / Munitions Maintenance Officer supporting B-1, B-52, B-2, F-15E, E-3C (AWACS), and CALCM platforms.  He was a USAF enlisted Electro-Environmental Technician maintaining H-1F & N, HH-3, HH-53, H-60, and C-130 airframes and was an enlisted PME instructor at the Airman Leadership School and Noncommissioned Officer Academy levels.  Ron also served in the US Navy as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and SH-3 Search and Rescue Swimmer / Aircrewman.  Following retirement from the USAF he joined the Government Accountability Office as a Defense Analyst in the Acquisition and Sourcing Management Team.  Dr. Dains returned to ACSC as a civilian faculty member in 2009.


WG CDR Rich Milburn 

Wg Cdr Rich Milburn is the RAF Exchange Officer at ACSC.  He is a graduate of ACSC and SAASS, and teaches War Theory, IS1 and IS2.  He has had articles published by Parameters, the US Army War College Journal, and Finest Hour, the International Churchill Society Journal.  Milburn is currently writing a biography of Sir Charles Portal, the head of the RAF during World War Two. 


Dr. Kelly A. Greico

Dr. Kelly A. Grieco is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies in the Department of International Security at the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). She was previously 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), and A.B. (summa cum laude) in Government from Dartmouth College. 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 US force posture. 


Dr. Andrew Akin  

Dr. Andrew Akin is an Assistant Professor of National Security studies at the Air Command and Staff College. He attend Wabash College in Indiana for undergraduate school, studying political science & Russian language. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in International Relations. Having studied and traveled extensively in Russia as an undergrad and graduate student on a Fulbright-hays fellowship, his research focuses on both armed conflict & the post-Soviet states. He was the 2017 AETC civilian educator of the year.  His published work appears in outlets such as The Washington Post, and the Journal, Russian Politics. He is also a classically trained cellist and performs regularly with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.  


Major James Lambertsen  

Major James Lambertsen is a 2019 graduate of Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) and serves as an instructor in ACSC’s Department of International Security.  In addition to teaching International Security I and II, he also instructs the Gaming Statecraft elective. Prior to his assignment at Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Major Lambertsen was a C-17 Evaluator Pilot and also flew a variety of short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft for Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). In addition to his vast aviation experience, Major Lambertsen also holds a Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree from Air University, a Master of Science in Aerospace and Aviation Science Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fl. 


Major Ara Bartemes

Major Ara Bartemes is a 2020 graduate of Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) and serves as an instructor in ACSC’s Department of International Security.  Prior to his assignment at Maxwell Air Force Base, Major Bartemes served as the United States Air Forces in Europe program manager for the multinational Strategic Airlift Capability, a cooperative defense design, flying C-17 aircraft within Europe and surrounding theaters. Major Bartemes is qualified as an instructor pilot in both the KC-135 and C-17. He also holds a Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree from Air University, a Master of Arts in Human Services: Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.  


Dr. Melvin G. Deaile

Dr. Melvin G. Deaile is the Director of the School of Advanced Nuclear and Deterrence Studies (SANDS) and an Associate Professor in the Department of International Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College. He teaches classes on nuclear deterrence, nuclear strategy, joint warfighting, and classical military thought. Dr Deaile hails from Fresno, CA native, and is a retired Air Force Colonel, where he served two tours in the B-52 Stratofortress and a tour in the B-2 Spirit. He has flown combat operations as part of Operations DESERT STORM and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, including a record setting 44.3 hour combat mission, and deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and a distinguished graduate of the USAF Weapon School. Dr Deaile recently published his first book, Always at War, which chronicles the development of SAC’s organizational culture under Gen Curtis LeMay. He is the author of multiple articles, editorials, and book reviews on nuclear weapons and their role in national security.


Lt Col Joshua Holmes  

Lt Col Joshua Holmes is an instructor at Air Command and Staff College’s Department of International Security. In addition to teaching the International Security Course, he is the Deputy Director of the School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies. Lt Col Holmes has multiple combat tours supporting operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Prior to being assigned to ACSC, Lt Col Holmes was the Air Force Global Strike Command Deputy Division Chief, Training, Test, and Stan/Eval Division at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. 


Dr. Kathryn M. G. Boehlefeld  

Dr. Kathryn M. G. Boehlefeld is an assistant professor of Military and Security Studies at Air University's Air Command and Staff College, and a faculty member for the School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies (SANDS). She earned her PhD in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and her B.A. from Northern Illinois University. She is also a graduate of the Joint and Combined Warfighting School. Dr. Boehlefeld teaches courses on nuclear deterrence theory and practice, international security, and comparative civil-military relations. Her research centers on international security, with a particular focus on national security policy, civil-military relations, and nuclear deterrence. Currently, she is working on projects related to conventional-nuclear integration, military professionalism, and a comparative study of the efficacy of the Iranian and North Korea nuclear sanctions.  


Major Alyson Busch  

Major Alyson Busch is a 2020 graduate of Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) and currently serves as an instructor in ACSC’s Department of International Security through the Air University Fellows program.  Previously Maj Busch was the Operations Flight Commander for the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron at Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea.  She has three deployments, three remote tours, and has served as an executive officer and at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center as a staff officer among other assignments.  Major Busch holds a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University, a Master of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy.


Dr. Todd C. Robinson  

Dr. Todd C. Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies with the School for Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies (SANDS) at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell, AFB.  He was previously an Assistant Professor of Nuclear Enterprise Operations with the Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies at the Air War College.  Prior to this, he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the RAND Corporation and the Associate Director of the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His research focuses on nuclear weapons issues, including strategic deterrence and assurance, military roles and responsibilities, and East Asia, and has been published in the Non-Proliferation Review, Swords and Ploughshares, the Yale Journal of International Affairs, and the National Interest.  He is currently working on a book manuscript on comparative nuclear culture.  His teaching responsibilities include being the instructor of Deterrence Theory and Practice I within the SANDS curriculum, as well as sections of War Theory and International Security II for ACSC and a joint AWC/ACSC elective on Comparative Nuclear Strategy.  He has a B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Alabama, an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


Lt Col Sing Ping Ang

Lieutenant Colonel Sing Ping Ang is an Air Warfare Officer in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and joined the Department of International Security (DEI) as an exchange faculty member in 2020, following his graduation from the Air Command and Staff College program. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Singapore University of Social Sciences and was on the Dean’s list for excellent performance. Prior to joining Air Command and Staff College, he served a variety of operational, staff and leadership appointments at the Squadron and Headquarters level. Lt Col Ang is a qualified air traffic control instructor and a search and rescue administrator with more than 16 years of operational experience. During his career, he has designed airspace policies and procedures at the strategic level and was lead secretary for civil-military planning and operations where he pioneered multiple initiatives for airspace optimization between the civil and military organizations. Lt Col Ang was also a complex commander where he was instrumental in the airspace planning and execution for the 2018 Singapore summit. He was also the ops secretary for the 15th ASEAN Air Chief Conference where his contributions were significant to the eventual success of the multilateral event.


Dr. Michael Ryan Kraig  

Dr. Michael Ryan Kraig is Associate Professor of International Security Studies at Air Command and Staff College.  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 foundation devoted to researching and advocating security policy options for the US and its competitors that would moderate the extremes of their geopolitical disagreements. He was a frequent traveler to Europe, the Middle East and Asia to give scholarly presentations on US policy thinking and strategy, alongside management and implementation of broad-based “track-2,” informal diplomatic dialogues among a wide range of senior national and global political leaders, think-tank analysts, and academics from global capitals such as Tehran, Riyadh, Damascus, Cairo, Dubai, Muscat (Oman), Berlin, London, Moscow, and Beijing. Prior to joining the foundation, Dr. Kraig interned with what is now known as the Government Accountability Office on nuclear weapons issues in the post-Cold War era and presented findings on South Asian nuclear arsenals at the UN 2000 NPT Review Conference.


Dr. Kevin C. Holzimmer  

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. 


Major Nicole Klingensmith   

Major Nicole Klingensmith is an Air University Fellow at Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) and an AY20 graduate.  Maj Klingensmith serves in the School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies as an instructor in ACSC’s Department of International Security. Prior to her current assignment, Maj Klingensmith served as an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) operations instructor, an ICBM nuclear operations inspector, and as Legislative Liaison for Air Force Global Strike Command. Maj Klingensmith holds a MAS in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University, a MAS in International Relations from Salve Regina University, and a BA in Political Science and International Affairs from University of New Hampshire.


Dr. William Dean  

Dr. 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 University 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 Historique des Armées, Penser les Ailes Françaises, Defense Intelligence Review, and several chapters in various books.  


Dr. Robert DiPrizio  

Dr. Robert DiPrizio is an Associate Professor of Security and Military Studies at Air Command and Staff College. He is an expert on numerous security issues such as humanitarian interventions and the Arab-Israeli conflict.  He is the author of “Armed Humanitarians: US Interventions from Northern Iraq to Kosovo,” published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and is editor of “Conflict in the Holy Land: From Ancient Times to the Arab-Israeli Conflicts” published by ABC-CLIO. Dr. DiPrizio grew up in the Boston area and earned his PhD in International Relations in 2000 from the University of Delaware.  He now lives in Prattville with his two children and a massive dog named Buddy.


Lt Col Michael P. Kreuzer

Lt Col Michael P. Kreuzer is an Assistant Professor for International Security at Air Command and Staff College and is the Course Director of International Security II.  He holds a PhD in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, a Masters of Strategic Intelligence from American Military University, and a BS in History from the US Air Force Academy.   He is a career intelligence officer who has served multiple combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was the Director of Operations for Distributed Ground Station-1.  Prior to his current assignment, he was the Associate Military Provost for the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey, CA.  His research interests include the adoption of emerging technologies by states and military forces, and the organizational capacity required to adapt to changes in the operating environment.  


Lt Col Chadwick Shields

Lt Col Chadwick Shields, United States Army, is an instructor in the Department of International Studies and the Multi Domain Operations Strategist Concentration 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 along with 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. 


Major Jacob Roney

Major Jacob Roney is a 2020 Distinguished Graduate of Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) and serves as the Air University (AU) Fellows Program Manager as well as instructs in ACSC’s Department of International Security.  Previously Maj Roney was an instructor for Squadron Officer School where he taught leadership, teambuilding, and joint warfare.  He is a Senior Navigator in the C-130 with over 2,000 flight hours and more than 700 combat hours over numerous deployments.  Major Roney holds a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science degree from Air University, a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management from National American University, and an Associate of Science in Financial Management from the Community College of the Air Force.


Dr. Gregory D. Miller  

Dr. Gregory D. Miller is Associate Professor of Military and Security Studies at the Air Command and Staff College.  Prior to joining ACSC, he was Chair of the Strategy Department at the Joint Advanced Warfighting School, in Norfolk, VA.  Dr. Miller received Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and History from the University of California, Los Angeles (1996), a Master’s Degree in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (1998), and a Master’s Degree (2000) and Ph.D. (2004) in Political Science from The Ohio State University.  His research focuses on a broad range of topics in the areas of international relations, terrorism, and military history.  In 2012, Cornell University Press published his book, The Shadow of the Past: Reputation and Military Alliances before the First World War, as part of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs series.  His articles appear in Security Studies, Terrorism & Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Perspectives on Terrorism, Joint Forces Quarterly, Air and Space Power Journal, The Washington Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, Parameters, Small Wars Journal, and The Strategy Bridge, and he contributed a chapter on the methods and ethics of teaching about terrorism to the recently published Oxford Handbook of Terrorism.  He previously held faculty positions at the College of William & Mary, the University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State University.  He currently serves as Editor for the book series “Political Violence in America” at the University of Oklahoma Press, and is an Associate Editor for the journal, Perspectives on Terrorism.


Dr. Mary Hampton

Dr. Hampton has been Professor of International Security at ACSC (Air University) since 2003 and was the Associate Dean for Academics from 2010-2014. Before coming to ACSC, Dr. Hampton was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah for 14 years. Prior to that, she received her PhD from UCLA in Political Science. Dr. Hampton’s areas of research and teaching expertise include NATO, European security, German domestic and security policy, Russian foreign policy, U.S. foreign and security policy, and identity politics in international relations.  She has taught, written multiple articles and books, and lectured extensively on these topics. She has received NATO, MacArthur, Ford Foundation, and Fulbright fellowships that facilitated research in these areas. Of her 4 books, she has a 2015 co-edited book, The Baltic Security Puzzle: Regional Developments in Integration, Democratization and Authoritarianism, published by Rowman and Littlefield. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Call to Order: The Fate of Vanquished Great Powers After Major War. A chapter entitled “NATO at 75” will appear in the 2021 edited book, The Challenge to NATO (University of Nebraska Press), which includes new research on NATO’s role in world order after the Cold War.