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Dr. Kyleanne Hunter, PhD, is a Marine Corps combat veteran with multiple combat deployments as an AH-1W “Super Cobra” attack pilot. She finished her active duty time in the Marine Corps’ Legislative Liaison Office in the House of Representatives. She is as Assistant Professor of Military and Strategic Studies at the United States Air Force Academy and the co-director of the Athena Leadership Project. Dr. Hunter’s research focuses on the intersection of social integration and military effectiveness, with a focus on gender and unconventional warfare. She was named as one of HilllVets 100 most influential veterans in 2018.
David R. Stilwell is the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary on June 20, 2019, he served in the Air Force for 35 years, beginning as an enlisted Korean linguist in 1980, and retiring in 2015 in the rank of Brigadier General as the Asia advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Most recently, Mr. Stilwell served as the Director of the China Strategic Focus Group at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii 2017-2019 and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu from 2016-2019. He was awarded the Department of Defense Superior Service Award in 2015. He speaks Korean, Chinese and limited Japanese.
Dr. Tim Winter is an Australian Research Council Professorial Future Fellow, at the University of Western Australia, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His work addresses how the past comes to be constructed and reconstructed for public audiences and for diplomatic, geopolitical and nationalistic purposes. His present work explores current trends in cultural internationalism, as exemplified by China’s ‘revival’ of the Silk Roads for the twenty-first century, and the re-emergence of civilizational discourses via rising and middle powers across Eurasia.
Ms. Heidi H. Grant, a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), was appointed as the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in August 2020. She is responsible for the administration and execution of all DoD security cooperation programs and activities involving the provision of defense articles, military training, and other defense-related services by grant, loan, cash sale, or lease. Ms. Grant has oversight of over 15,000 foreign military sales cases with over 150 countries valued at $620 billion. She is also responsible for the certification program for a workforce of over 20,000 military and civilian personnel.
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