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Department of Joint Education

Joint All Domain Strategist was formerly Multi Domain Operational Strategist (MDOS) is an AETC award winning program for innovation in multi domain operations and joint warfighting.  It is a year-long, advanced level course focusing on developing future leaders who understand how to employ multi domain operational maneuver to counter emerging threats.  This concentration prepares selected students for operational and command assignments requiring cutting-edge knowledge of planning and operations. Students study and apply strategic and operational design, the joint operations planning process, reflexive control, decision making theory, and risk analysis.  Additionally, students participate in exercises and wargames with German and Polish War Colleges, as well as the Doolittle Wargame Series.  Post-graduation approximately 40% of MDOS students attend SAASS, SAMS or SAW, 10% are selected for command, and 50% receive operational-level assignments.


Dr. Jeffery M. Reilly, Col, USA (Retired)

Dr. Jeffery M. Reilly, Col, USA (Retired) is the Chairman of the Department of Joint Education at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) and Director of the Multi Domain Operational Strategist Concentration. Dr. Reilly is a retired Army officer with 26 years of active-duty service. He began his service as a draftee and served 28 consecutive months in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. His theater-level planning and operations experience includes serving as a theater level combined and joint operations officer, plans division chief, and member of the Secretary of Defense’s “two major theater war” plans team. Dr. Reilly received his MA from the University of Houston and his PhD from the University of Alabama. He is an adjunct faculty member for the NATO School’s Operational Planning Course, a speaker at the USAF Weapons Instructor Course, and a member of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Military Education Coordination Council Working Group. Dr. Reilly has also given a number of presentations at international defense colleges including: the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr, in Hamburg, Germany, the Royal Danish Defense College in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Ethiopian Defense Staff College in Addis Ababa and the Polish National Defense University in Warsaw. Additionally, he conducted research on design in Afghanistan during 2010, 2011, and 2012 and on the future of C4ISR in Iraq and Africa during 2016. He is the author of Operational Design: Distilling Clarity from Complexity for Decisive Action. His most recent article What’s After Joint? concerning multi domain operations was published in the March 2016 edition of the Air and Space Power Journal. In 2018, he won the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) award for innovation in multi domain and joint warfighting abilities.

Research Interest/Expertise: Multi Domain Operations, Strategic Design, Operational Design, C4ISR, Operational Planning, International Relations, Irregular Warfare, Future Security Threats.


Mr. Budd A. Jones

Budd A. Jones is an Assistant Professor and Course Director for the Multi Domain Operational Strategist concentration at the Air Command and Staff College. He received his M.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1986. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in the history of technology at Auburn University. While on active duty in the Air Force he flew fighter aircraft and worked as an operational level air and joint planner. He also served as the Director of Military History at the Air Force Academy. Following his retirement he joined the ACSC faculty in 1996 and has taught courses on military theory, airpower history, international relations and security studies and operational air and joint planning. His research interests include the development of night fighting technology and its impact on training and operations.

Research Interest/Expertise: Multi Domain Operations, Strategic Design, Military Theory, Clausewitz Studies.


Dr. Jared R. Donnelly

Dr. Jared R. Donnelly is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies and the Director of Staff for the Department of Joint Education at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College. As part of the Department of Future Security Studies faculty, Dr. Donnelly teaches in the Multi Domain Operational Strategist (MDOS) Concentration. Dr. Donnelly received his PhD from Texas A&M University and was previously on the faculty of the International Affairs Department at the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service. Dr. Donnelly is Editor-in-Chief of the digital journal Over the Horizon, which publishes articles on the future security environment. Donnelly's research focuses on war and social change in Germany and Europe with a specific interest in the period since 1945. Additionally he studies strategic design for future security environments and conducts research on the future of C4ISR. In addition to teaching courses in the MDOS curriculum, he offers elective classes on the rise and fall of Nazi Germany and German military history.

Research Interest/Expertise: Modern Europe, Modern Germany, European War and Society, Nazi Germany, Multi Domain Operations, Strategic Design.


Wing Commander Jaime Meighan, RAF

Wing Commander Jaime Meighan, RAF currently serves as the UK advisor to Commandant of the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College and is an Instructor in the Department of Joint Education and an adjunct instructor at the USAF Cyber College. As an Instructor in the Department of Future Security Studies, Wg Cdr Meighan teaches courses in the Multi Domain Operational Strategist Concentration. He holds a BA with Honor's in History and Film from the University of London, an MA in Leadership from Exeter University and an MSc in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University. He is a graduate of ACSC FY18. Meighan is an Intelligence Officer, whose service has principally been in the ISR, Targeting and Operational planning fields. He joined the Royal Air Force in 2000 and has deployed to Bosnia, the Falkland Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan in support of UK and coalition operations. He has 1,000 hrs as Msn Crew on the MQ-9 Reaper and prior to attending Air Command and Staff College spent 2.5 years as an Exchange Officer within the ISR Division at United States Central Command commanding a team of 50 U.S. military, civilian and contractors.

Research Interest/Expertise: Multi Domain Operations, British Airpower History, Innovation and Cyber Application, ISR and Targeting.


Major John Barringer, USAF

Major John Barringer, USAF is an academic instructor for the Multi-Domain Operational Strategist (MDOS) concentration and Air University Fellow at Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He has a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in homeland security from Pennsylvania State University. He served on staff at Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) headquarters as the Chief of AC-130 Aircrew Training where he led operational training policy development for AFSOC’s 19,000 person and 248 aircraft combat force. Maj Barringer is a graduate of the United States Air Force Weapons School and has been an evaluator navigator and evaluator fire control officer (FCO) on the AC-130H and AC-130U. He has over 2,100 hours and 992 combat hours. In addition to teaching the Leadership, War Theory, International Security, Airpower, and Joint Warfighting courses, Maj Barringer is also a senior editor for Over the Horizon (OTH) digital journal. He has been published in OTH and the United States Air Force’s Weapons Review.

Research Interest/Expertise: Multi Domain Operations, World War II, Leadership, Middle-Eastern studies, Human Psychology.


Major Paul Sheehey, USAF

Major Paul Sheehey, USAF is an academic instructor for the Multi-Domain Operational Strategist (MDOS) concentration and Air University Fellow at Air Command and Staff College (ACSC).He has a MS in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and is a graduate of ACSC. His 12 years of military experience includes 5 deployments, over 1200 flight hours as an HH-60G Combat Search and Rescue Evaluator Pilot and Weapons officer. Major Sheehey’s last operational assignment was with the 56th Rescue Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, UK where he served as the Director of Operations. In addition to teaching the War Theory, International Security, Airpower, and Joint Warfighting core courses for MDOS, Major Sheehey is also a Senior Editor for Over the Horizon (OTH) digital journal. His current research interests include future risk assessment methods in the age of AI and machine learning, and is currently working on a chapter to an edited volume on Operation Inherent Resolve covering USAF Personnel Recovery operations during the campaign.

Research Interest/Expertise: Multi Domain Operations, Future Operational Risk Assessments, Personnel Recovery/CSAR.