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Department of Warfighting

Department of Warfighting

The Department of Warfighting 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 Warfighting department is responsible for two core courses, War Theory and Joint  Warfighting.  War Theory introduces military theory, addressing both the nature and character of war.  Joint Warfighting is designed to demonstrate, at the operational level, how the U.S. joint force organizes, deploys, employs, sustains, and redeploys military capabilities in support of national interest in order to prevail in war.


Dr. Robert (Bob) Mahoney  

Dr. Robert (Bob) Mahoney is the Chair, Department of Joint Warfighting at the Air Command and Staff College. He has a PhD in History from the George Washington University, a MS in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University (NDU), a MS in Management from Webster University, and a BS in Engineering Sciences from the United States Air Force Academy. Prior to arriving at ACSC, Dr. Mahoney was the Dean of the Marine Corps War College and an Assistant Professor at the Eisenhower School at NDU. His book, The Mayaguez Incident, was published by Texas Tech Press. He is a retired USAF Colonel with over 27 years of service, commanded a KC-135 flying squadron, was on the AMC and CJCS staff, and was a command pilot with over 3500 hours in the T-37, T-38 and KC-135. 

Research Interest/Expertise:  The US Constitution, Joint Warfighting, Joint Planning, Operational Design, Leadership, US Air Force History, Vietnam War era, WW II, Revolutionary War, and Civil War 


Lt Col Kyle G. Bellue  

Lt Col Kyle G. Bellue is the Deputy Department Chair and instructor in the Joint Warfighting Department at the Air Command and Staff College. He taught both Leadership and Joint Warfighting in ACSC’s Academic Year 2019.  He has a B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University and is currently working on his EdD in Higher Education (concentration on leadership) from the University of Memphis. His assignments include operational weather, weather equipment acquisitions, AFROTC and the Joint Staff as course director/developer for the Joint METOC (Meteorological and Oceanographic) Officer's Course and the US representative on NATO's METOC Working Group. He is a graduated weather squadron commander and AFROTC detachment commander. He has multiple operational deployments in command and staff positions supporting Air Force and Army across the CENTCOM AOR. 


Major Nicholas “Chatter” Meyers  

Major Nicholas “Chatter” Meyers is an instructor in the Department of Joint Warfighting at the Air Command and Staff College. He serves as an instructor for two academic courses as well as the Director of Staff. He received his commission and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in 2007. Additionally, he holds a Masters of Science in Information Assurance. Maj Meyers graduated from the Air Command and Staff College in 2020. Maj Meyers is a Senior Pilot and has flown combat operations in both the C-17 and MQ-9 in support of multiple named operations across the globe. He last served as the Director of Operations for the 26th Weapons Squadron at Nellis AFB.


Dr. Christopher Weimar  

Dr. Christopher Weimar is an Assistant Professor of National Security Studies in the Joint Warfighting Department at the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He holds an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, a M.A. in International Relations from Boston University, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Fordham University. Prior to his arrival at ACSC, Dr. Weimar has taught in various public college and university political science programs. A retired US Air Force Colonel, Dr. Weimar served in both Active and Reserve status in Communications-Information Systems Management, Cyberspace Operations, and Logistics Readiness. He has served at all levels from flight to Combatant Command, and has deployed to the African theater, Kuwait, and Iraq. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Director of Logistics and Engineering at North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command. He is a graduate of both ACSC and AWC by correspondence and completed the Joint and Combined Warfighting School-Hybrid Program.


Lt Col Travis R. Eastbourne  

Lt Col Travis R. Eastbourne is an instructor in the Department of Warfighting and has been the deputy course director for Joint Warfighting since October 2018. Lt Col Eastbourne is a 1998 graduate of Washington State University where he graduated with a BA in Communications. He is a graduate of ACSC and has a Masters of Military Art and Science. He is a Master Air Battle Manager with over 3900 hours in the E-3A/B/C/G. He has deployed and flown Combat/Combat Support sorties in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, NORTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, UNIFIED PROTECTOR, and INHERENT RESOLVE. He served as the Director of Staff for 7th Air Force A3/A5 from 2008-2009 and most recently served as Deputy Chief Air Battle Manager as well as an Instructor Mission Crew Commander/ Evaluator Senior Director for the 513 Air Control Group in the Air Force Reserve.


Dr. James D. Campbell

Dr. James D. Campbell is an Associate Professor of Military and Security Studies in the Joint Warfighting Department. A retired US Army Brigadier General, Dr. Campbell served as an Infantryman and Strategic Plans and Policy Officer for 30 years, with assignments at all levels of command and staff, in both the Regular Army and the National Guard. Most recently he served as the Deputy Chief, Operations Plans Division at US Central Command, and prior to his retirement served as the 39th Adjutant General of Maine with the state cabinet-level position of Commissioner of the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management. Dr. Campbell holds a M.A. in European History and a Ph.D. in British History from the University of Maine. He is a graduate of the CAPSTONE course at the National Defense University, the US Army War College, and was an International Security Studies Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Dr. Campbell has published works on subjects ranging from Homeland Defense, to Irregular Warfare, and 19th and early 20th century British Military History.

Research Interest/Expertise: His current research interests focus on British Imperial military operations and the Army in India. 


Major Christopher G. Marquis   Maj Christopher G. Marquis is the Director of Instruction in the Department of Joint Warfighting at the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC/DEW), Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.  He is an instructor of the Joint Warfighting and War Theory core courses and of the Understanding the U.S. Constitution elective. He earned his BA in economics and government from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and his MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in History degree at Auburn University, Alabama. He was commissioned through the Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB. His primary career field is contracting, and he is a worldwide deployable contingency contracting officer. 


Mr. Brent Lawniczak   Mr. Brent Lawniczak is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC).  A retired Marine aviator (UH-1N/UC-12), he has served in multiple theaters in various capacities. He served as the Senior Marine Corps Advisor to the Commandant of ACSC from 2008-2012. Additionally, Brent was qualified as a Command Pilot, Forward Air Controller (Airborne) (FAC(A)), Forward Air Controller (FAC)/Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), and Weapons and Tactics Instructor. His interests and expertise include Joint planning, operational design, joint fires, maritime and amphibious operations, aviation operations, policy formulation, American politics, and international relations.  


Dr. Brian R. Price    Dr. Brian R. Price is an Associate Professor in the Department of Warfighting at the Air Command and Staff College. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in political science, and holds a doctorate from the University of North Texas in military history. He has conducted research for the POW-MIA Accounting Agency, served as a Social Science SME serving special operations in Afghanistan, and has served a double tour as Senior Social Scientist in RC East, Afghanistan, 2011-12. He worked for ten years in Silicon Valley, rising to the level of Vice President, and ran his own publishing company before taking his doctorate. His research interests focus on the nexus between culture, technology and war, and his current research focuses on the development of post-Vietnam TACAIR, a project for which he has conducted extensive archival research along with oral histories on a number of senior officers. He is published in a number of journals, and has several books in his second field, medieval and early modern warfare. In his spare time he teaches historical swordsmanship and has been inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  


Major Quenella L. Garrett   Maj Quenella L. Garrett is an Instructor in the Department of Joint Warfighting at the Air Command and Staff College. MAJ Garrett earned a B.S. in Management in 2003 from Park University.  She earned a M.A. in Human Resources Development in 2004 from Webster University.  She was commissioned in 2005 through the Office Candidate School (OCS), Fort Benning, Georgia. She is a Logistics Officer in the U.S. Army. She is a 2016 graduate of Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. MAJ Garrett has served in a variety of positions from Platoon Leader to Battalion Executive Officer throughout her 27-year career (13 years enlisted).  MAJ Garrett assignments include various duty stations stateside and abroad to include Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Lee, Virginia, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Multi-National Force Observers, Egypt, and various deployments with the latest being Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAF) 2015 as the Directorate of Logistics-J4. 


Lt Col Andrew Miscisin   Lt Col Andrew Miscisin is a Joint Warfighting instructor at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC).  Prior to this assignment, he served four operational flying tours at Little Rock AFB, Elmendorf AFB, RAF Mildenhall, and Hurlburt Field.  Lt Col Miscisin is a command navigator with 3,900 flying hours in multiple C-130 variants, including 1100 combat/combat support hours while deploying numerous times in support of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM.  A 2014 graduate of residence ACSC, he also completed Air War College by correspondence while serving on staff as the Defense Threat Reduction Agency liaison at US Africa Command’s Plans and Policy Directorate.  Lt Col Miscisin chose to return for ACSC instructor duty, where he taught in the Department of Airpower and was the Associate Dean for Students and Support.  After returning from a deployed staff position to the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, Lt Col Miscisin requested to leverage his recent planning experience as a Joint Warfighting instructor. His Research Interest/Expertise is in the Cold War, History of the Vietnam War, U.S. Military History, and Aviation History. 


Dr. Bradley F. Podliska 

Dr. Bradley F. Podliska is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies in the Department of Joint Warfighting at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations major) from Texas A&M University, a M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. (with honors) in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to arriving at ACSC, Dr. Podliska worked as an intelligence analyst for the Department of Defense and as an investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi. His publications include a book, Acting Alone: A Scientific Study of American Hegemony and Unilateral Use-of-Force Decision Making (Lexington Books) and a book chapter, “Security and the Surveillance State: Bureaucratic Politics, the Intelligence Community, and Congressional Oversight” (Campus Verlag). He is an intelligence officer in the US Air Force Reserves and has served on the J2 staff with US Joint Forces Command and US European Command.   


Lt Col Joseph D. Beal  

Lt Col Joseph D. Beal is an instructor and Deputy Department Chair in the Joint Warfighting Department at the Air Command and Staff College. Lt Col Beal is a Command Pilot and Weapons Officer with over 3000 flight hours. His operational and staff tours include assignments to AMC, PACAF, and USAFE. He holds Masters degrees from the University of Alabama, Air Force Institute of Technology, and Air University. Lt Col Beal is a SAASS graduate and completed in residence IDE at the Advanced Studies of Air Mobility (ASAM). Prior to his arrival at ACSC, Lt Col Beal was Deputy Commander, 437th Operations Group, and Commander, 437th Operations Support Squadron.  


Dr. John L. Minney  

Dr. John L. Minney is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies in the Joint Warfighting Department. A retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Minney is a Master Navigator, and has flown the F-111, F-15E, KC-135, and C-130 aircraft. Dr. Minney holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Alabama. He is a graduate of both the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College in-residence programs. Prior to his arrival at ACSC he worked as an Assistant Professor of History at Concordia College Alabama, and has taught as an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Alabama, Auburn University Montgomery, and Troy University. His research interests and expertise are in Military History, Air Power History, the relationship between USAF Doctrine and Technology, and Grand Strategy. 


Maj Timothy E. Cowan 

Maj Timothy E. Cowan is an instructor in the Joint Warfighting Department at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL. Maj Cowan is a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy where he received a BS in Military History, and also has an MA in Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College. He has served as both a Security Forces and Intelligence Officer, and has operational leadership and planning experience in U.S. European Command, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and U.S. Central Command, including multiple deployments. 


Lt Col Jerry Davisson

Lt Col Jerry Davisson is a Joint Warfighting instructor at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC).  Prior to this assignment, he Commanded Air Combat Command's Training Support Squadron Detachment 9 located at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.  Enlisting in 1985, Lt Col Davisson served 14 years as a Munitions Technician, then commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Program as a 2001 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University.  He is a Master Air Battle Manager with over 2,270 hours in the E-3A/B/C, the AN/TYQ-23A Control and Reporting Center and Battle Control System-Korea.  He has served as an Aircrew Instructor and Evaluator and participated in numerous contingency and combat operations to include operations Desert Storm, Provide Hope, Iraqi Freedom, Active Endeavor, Provide Comfort, Afghan Assist, and Unified Protector.  Lt Col Davisson holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. 


Maj Allen J. DeNeve

Maj Allen J. DeNeve is an Air University Fellow instructing in the Joint Warfighting Department at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama. Maj DeNeve is a 2008 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy where he received a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. He also holds an MS in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and an MA in Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College. As a career force modernization officer, he was assigned to the Air Force Research Laboratory and subsequently has worked a variety of acquisition efforts including Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, nuclear weapons, and advanced early concept development.  


Lt Col Neil W. Dimmitt

Lt Col Neil W. Dimmitt is an instructor in the Department of Warfighting.  He is a 2004 graduate of Angelo State University where he graduated magna cum laude with a BA in History.  He has earned two Masters degrees: a Masters of Military Art and Science from ACSC and a Masters in Military History from American Military University.  He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Military History from Texas A&M University.  He is a Master Air Battle Manager with 1,700 hours on the E-3B/C/G and four years experience in a Control and Reporting Center.  He has deployed in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, ENDURING FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE.  He has served as an Evaluator Senior Director in both the 552 Air Control Group and the 552 Air Control Group. 


Maj Caroline A. Hawkins

Maj Caroline A. Hawkins is an instructor in the Joint Warfighting Department at the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. Maj Hawkins is a 2006 distinguished graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she received a BS in Electrical Engineering. She also has a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Florida, a Master of Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Arts in Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College. A career Air Force Acquisitions officer, she has been assigned to Air Force Research Lab, Air Force Material Command Headquarters, and Special Operations Forces Acquisitions, Technology, and Logistics. 


Lt Col Jonathan Hawkins

Lt Col Jonathan Hawkins is an instructor in the Department of Joint Warfighting at the Air Command and Staff College. Lt Col Hawkins is a 2004 graduate of Western Kentucky University where he graduated with a MA in History. As an Field Artilleryman, he has served at all levels from platoon to Division staff, including multiple combat and operational deployments. Lt Col Hawkins most recently served as the DIVARTY Operation officer 25th Infantry Division, at Schofield Barracks Hawaii. 


Lt Col Ryan L. Reid

Lt Col Ryan L. Reid is an instructor in the Department of Warfighting and Deputy Course Director of War Theory at the Air Command and Staff College. Lt Col Reid is a 1998 graduate of the University of North Georgia where he graduated with a BS in Physics and was commissioned as a U.S. Army Logistics officer. He is a graduate of ACSC and SAASS Class XXI, holds an MBA and is currently pursuing his PhD in Public Administration and International Relations from Auburn University. He has served at all levels of leadership and staff from platoon through Division, including multiple combat and operational deployments. He served as the Strategic Logistics planner and Retrograde Chief for USFOR-A during the 2013 reduction of US forces from Afghanistan and most recently served four years as the Professor of Military Science of the Army ROTC Mustang Battalion at Auburn University Montgomery and Troy University. 


Dr. Christopher M. Stamper

Dr. Christopher M. Stamper is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies in the Department of Joint Warfighting at the Air Command and Staff College. A retired U.S. Navy Commander, he has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He holds a Doctorate in Public Administration from Capella University, specializing in East African Affairs. He has been a flight instructor and taught at the US Naval Academy and the Air War College. 


Lt Col Morgan D. Mackey

Lt Col Morgan D. Mackey is an instructor in the Department of Joint Warfighting at the Air Command and Staff College.  He serves as an Instructor for two academic courses.  Lt Col Mackey is a Weather Officer with career broadening experiences as a wing Inspector General, a Combat Aviation Advisor, and as a previous Air University faculty and staff member.  Most recent to his arrival at ACSC, he was the Air Combat Command Deputy Director, Weather Requirements Division, assigned to an operating location at Offutt AFB, NE.  He was commissioned in 1994 after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the United States Air Force Academy, and he subsequently earned a Masters Degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University in 1996. Lt Col Mackey is an ACSC in-residence graduate, where he earned a Master of Military Operational Art and Science in 2007.   


CDR Patrick C. Corcoran

CDR Patrick C. Corcoran is an instructor in the Joint Warfighting Department at the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. CDR Corcoran is a 1991 graduate of the Ohio State University where he received a BS in Business Administration. He also has an MBA from Liberty University and a MS in Strategic Studies from the Air War College. A career Naval Aviator, he has deployed in support of multiple contingency operations around the world. His staff tours include assignments at Naval Space Command, Joint Forces Command, and U.S. Navy Central Command. He has completed overseas assignments to Bahrain, Iraq, Qatar, and Pakistan. 


Lt Col Ryan W. White 

Lt Col Ryan W. White is an instructor in the Department of Joint Warfighting at the Air Command and Staff College. He serves as an Instructor for two academic courses. Lt Col White is an Aircraft Maintenance Officer with command experience. Prior to his arrival at ACSC, he was the Deputy Group Commander for the 100th Maintenance Group at RAF Mildenhall.   He was commissioned in 1997 after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Troy State University, and he subsequently earned a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2007.  Lt Col White is an ACSC in-residence graduate, where he earned a Master of Military Operational Art and Science in 2011. 


Major Steven E. Alsop

Major Steven E. Alsop is an instructor in the Joint Warfighting Department at the Air Command and Staff College.  A U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Officer and Expeditionary Reconnaissance Officer, he completed the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB in 2016.  Major Alsop has served in a variety of positions from Platoon Commander, Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer, and Battalion Executive Officer throughout his 16 year career. His assignments include 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 3d Battalion, 2d Marines, 5th ANGLICO, Marine Corps Det. Ft Benning GA, 3d Force Reconnaissance Company, and 2d Reconnaissance Battalion. He has multiple operational deployments in command positions across the CENTCOM and PACOM AOR. 


CDR Keith A. Henderson

CDR Keith A. Henderson is an instructor in the Joint Warfighting Department at the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. CDR Henderson is a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he received a BS in Political Science. He also has an MA in Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College and an MS in Joint Campaign Planning from National Defense University. A career Naval Aviator, he has deployed in support of multiple contingency operations around the world. His staff tours include assignments at U.S. Africa Command, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.