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Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
/ Published November 20, 2019
The Department of International Security Studies develops senior leaders who can evaluate today's complex, interdependent, and dynamic international system; develop and assess competing strategies for securing national objectives that integrate joint military, multinational, and multi-agency instruments of power; assess the context and content of the processes used in planning US national security policies; and be prepared to work effectively in the national security decision making arena. Our curriculum consists of three courses: National Security and Decision Making (NSDM), Regional Security Studies (RSS), and Global Security (GS).
Colonel Wayne W. Straw, USAF, Department Chair
Advising Interests: Afghanistan, innovation, teaching in JPME or PME, airpower
Degrees: MA, Air War College; MA, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies; MA, College of Naval Command and Staff; MBA, Florida State University; BS, Wake Forest University
Experience: Commandant, Squadron Officer School, 2016-2019; F-15E Weapon Systems Officer—2,000+ hours, 700 combat; Operations ENDURING FREEDOM; NORTHERN WATCH; SOUTHERN WATCH; 2 years in Afghanistan: AfPak Hand embedded with Green Berets; 455 Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, Bagram Airfield. CENTCOM and AFCENT tours.
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Col Thomas Skrocki, USAF, Deputy Department Chair, Instructor
Advising Interests: Leadership, Organizational Culture and Change, Air Mobility and Expeditionary Operations, Contingency Response, Partnership Development, Interagency, Humanitarian and Disaster Relief
Research Interests: Goal Oriented Leadership Fundamentals
Degrees: MA in National Security Resource Strategy with Supply Chain Concentration from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University; MA in Military Operational Art and Science from U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Air University; MA in Aeronautical Science from Emory Riddle University; BA in Business Administration from Texas A&M University
Experience: Deputy Chief of Staff, US Pacific Command and J4 Division Chief for Logistics Readiness and Operations, US Pacific Command, HI; Vice Commander, 515 Air Mobility Operations Wing, HI; Deputy Director, CAPSTONE, National Defense University; Deputy Commander, 379 Expeditionary Operations Group, Qatar; and Commander, 817 Global Mobility Squadron, NJ. Master navigator with more than 2,900 flight hours in the KC-135A/R and C-130E/H, including combat and combat support missions beginning with Operation Desert Storm and concluding with Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. While assigned to Air War College--served as Director, Air Force Culture and Language Center; Mobility Air Forces’ Chair; and Regional Security Studies Director.
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Dr. Anna Batta, Assistant Professor of International Security Studies, Global Security Course Director
Advising Interests: Russian foreign policy, Eastern European politics, Former Soviet States, Ethnicity and conflict, Authoritarian regimes, Secessionist civil wars, State building, Balkans
Research Interests: Russian politics, Former Soviet States, Post-Communist studies, Civil Wars, Conflict management, Ethnic minorities, Politics of new states, Unrecognized states
Degrees: PhD, Political Science, Conflict Studies, University of North Texas; MPA Public Administration, University of Texas at Arlington; Honors BA Political Science, University of Texas at Arlington; Associate Degree, Public Administration College Budapest, Hungary
Experience: 2013-2014 Southern Methodist University, Adjunct Lecturer of Political Science; 2014-2015 Eckerd College, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science; 2015-present Air War College, Assistant Professor of International Security Studies; Martin Heisler Graduate Student Research Paper Award ISA 2012; Language Program Liaison Air War College 2017-present
Dr. Sean Braniff, Assistant Professor of International Security Studies
Advising and Research Interests: Political psychology, international relations theory, causes of war, power transitions, Middle East politics, qualitative research methodology
Degrees: Ph.D. in Political Science (University of Notre Dame), M.A. in Political Science (University of Notre Dame), M.A. in Arab Studies (Georgetown University), B.A. in History (Brigham Young University – Idaho)
Experience: School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (Post-doctoral fellow), Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (Assistant Professor), Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (Research Associate)
Dr. Stephen F. Burgess, Professor of International Security Studies
Advising Interests: African and Asian security issues, Peace and Stabilization Operations, and Weapons of Mass Destruction and US Grand Strategy and Foreign Policy Decision-making.
Research Interests: African and Asian security issues, Peace and Stabilization Operations, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Degrees: Ph.D., Michigan State University
Experience: Faculty member at the University of Zambia, University of Zimbabwe, Vanderbilt University, and Hofstra University
CAPT Bill Cox, USN, Instructor, Director of Regional Security Studies
Advising Interests: Anti-Submarine Warfare, Mine Warfare, NATO Defense Planning, Maritime Strategy, Satellite Operations, Pilot Training.
Degrees: MBA, Mississippi State University; MS, International Relations, Troy University; BS Aerospace Engineering, US Naval Academy. Graduate of Naval Command and Staff and Joint Forces Staff College.
Experience: Commanding Officer, Naval Satellite Operations Center; Strategic Analyst, NATO Allied Command Transformation; Navigator, USS George HW Bush (CVN 77); Commanding Officer, Training Squadron Twenty-Eight (VT-28). Seven operational deployments, two aircraft carrier tours, 4 squadron tours, 5,000 flight hours in P-3C, T-44A and T-34C.
Ms. Jennifer L. Duval, State Department Chair to Air University, Instructor
Advising Interests: Diplomacy and the uses of diplomatic power; foreign policy development, implementation, and effectiveness; democracy and governance; the role of civil society in democracy; values-based foreign policy; militarization of foreign policy; interagency functions and effectiveness; strategic communication and practical writing for senior leaders; women's role in national security.
Research Interests: Diplomacy; foreign policy development and implementation; interagency functions and effectiveness; women's role in national security; strategic communication; applied critical thinking; applied leadership.
Degrees: Masters of Strategic Studies, Army War College; Bachelor of Science in Economics, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA; Associate of Arts in French (minor in Italian), West Valley College, CA.
Experience: 1998-present: Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State: Key assignments: Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Bujumbura (Burundi); Regional Director for the Trans-Sahel and Country Director for Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy/International Security Affairs, Africa (Pentagon); Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the J5 Director of Strategy, Plans, and Programs, U.S. Africa Command (Stuttgart); Consul General, U.S. Embassy Dublin (Ireland); Management Officer, U.S. Embassy Baghdad (Iraq) during the surge; Deputy Consul General/Visa Services Chief and Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince (Haiti) (two assignments); Multilateral Watch Officer, Nuclear Risk Reduction Center (Washington). 1987-1998: Stakeholder, investor, and public relations in the high-technology private sector. Extensive experience teaching targeted, practical writing skills.
Dr. Joshua R. Goodman, Assistant Professor of International Security Studies
Advising Interests: Civil-Military relations and executive branch politics; Irregular Warfare; Coercion and civilian victimization; Middle East politics and history; Saudi-Iran rivalry; Arab-Israeli Conflict.
Research Interests: Civil-military relations and strategic planning; Intragovernmental and Bureaucratic Politics; Irregular warfare; Civilian victimization; Middle East politics and history; Colonialism; Arab-Israeli Conflict; Persian Gulf and US Foreign Policy; Tribe-State relations; Internal security and combat effectiveness.
Degrees: PhD, Yale University, Department of Political Science; MA, Tel Aviv University, Department of Modern Middle East History; BA, Emory University, International Studies.
Experience: 2018-2020, Visiting Assistant Professor, Government Department, St. Lawrence University
Dr. Amit Gupta, Associate Professor of International Security Studies
Advising Interests: Globalization, Arms Production and Arms Transfers, Ethnicity and Politics, Diasporas, South Asian Politics, Australian Politics, Popular Culture and Politics, Sports and Politics, Media and Politics.
Research Interests: Globalization, US-China Rivalry, Demography and Security, Peace Research
Degrees: Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; MA Australian National University Canberra.
Experience: AWC since 2005
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Mr. Charles E. Hans, Defense Intelligence Chair to Air University, Instructor
Advising Interests: Intelligence analysis and production processes and methodologies; intelligence collections disciplines and methods; the US Intelligence Community; intelligence collaboration and cooperation; intelligence ethics and politicization; intelligence oversight; the global threat environment
Research Interests: Intelligence in war; intelligence analysis and production processes and methodologies; critical thinking; global terrorism
Degrees: Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College; Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Texas at Austin; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
Experience: 1982-2004, United States Navy; 2004-Present, Civilian (Intelligence). Key assignments: Intelligence Officer, Strike-Fighter Squadron 34; Senior Intelligence Watch Officer, US Forces Korea; Terrorism Analysis Branch Chief, US Central Command; Senior Terrorism Analyst, US Special Operations Command; Chief of Terrorism Analysis, Joint Interagency Task Force, Afghanistan (multiple tours); Chief of Strategic Assessments, US Central Command; Commander’s Action Group (CAG), US Central Command.
COL Johnathon M. Kupka, USA, PhD, Instructor
Advising Interests: Public Policy, Policy Decision Making, Civil-Military Relations
Research Interests: Voting Behavior, American Political Campaigns, Policy Attitudes, Civil-Military Relations
Degrees: PhD in Political Science (American Politics & Public Policy), University of Kansas; MS in National Resource Strategy (Supply Chain Management minor), Eisenhower School, National Defense University; MMAS, School of Advanced Military Studies; MPM, Georgetown University
Experience: Commander, 2nd Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne); Deputy J5, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan/NATO Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan; Commander, Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army; Commander, 39th Special Forces Detachment (Airborne); Junior Military Aide to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Pentagon; Commander, Headquarters Support Company and Operational Detachment Alpha – 192, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne); Operational Experience: Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, RESOLUTE SUPPORT, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL
Dr. Carrie Lee, Assistant Professor of International Security Studies
Advising Interests: Civil-military relations, nuclear deterrence/nonproliferation, U.S. foreign policy, research that uses statistical or survey methodologies
Research Interests: Civil-military relations, domestic politics and U.S. foreign policy, technology and deterrence, public opinion, counterinsurgency strategy, diversity and military effectiveness.
Degrees: PhD, Political Science/International Relations, Stanford University; SB, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Experience: 2015-16 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, RAND Corporation (Washington, DC); 2016-17 Postdoctoral scholar for Innovative Approaches to Grand Strategy, University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN); 2018 Truman National Security Fellow
Dr. Dawn Murphy, Assistant Professor of International Security Studies, Course Director for Regional Security Studies
Advising Interests: China’s international relations, Chinese domestic politics, China-Middle East relations, China-Africa relations, China’s Belt and Road, China’s relations with the developing world, China and the international order, Sino-American relations
Research Interests: China’s international relations, China-Middle East relations, China-Africa relations, China’s Belt and Road, China’s relations with the developing World, China and the international order
Degrees: PhD, Political Science, The George Washington University; MIA, International Affairs, Columbia University; BS, Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
Experience: 1995-2002 Ingersoll Rand, various roles in China and the U.S. in human resource management and information technology system implementations; 2004 Department of Commerce, Office of the Secretary, Presidential Management Fellow, Budget Analyst (Washington, DC); 2005-06 Seitz China, President (Changzhou, China); 2012-13 Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, Postdoctoral Fellow (Princeton, NJ); 2013-14, The George Washington University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science (Washington, DC)
Col Christopher Paige, Surgeon General Chair to Air University, Instructor
Advising Interests: Medical Diplomacy; 25th Amendment of the Constitution (Presidential Succession); En-Route Patient Transport (point of injury to definitive care)
Research Interests: Patient Transport; Neuroplasticity/Cognitive Training/Speed of Processing
Degrees: Masters, Nursing, U of AL – Birmingham; Masters, Nursing, U of CO – Colorado Springs; Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College – Air University; Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Air University; BS, Nursing, Western CT St U
Experience: 1993-2000 Emergency Rm Nurse/Paramedic (Langley AFB/Shaw AFB/USAF Academy); 2000-2004 White House Medical Unit; 2004-2008 Aeromedical Evacuation, Assistant Director of Operations (Ramstein AB, Germany); 2008-2011 ACSC student/instructor/Director of Operations; 2011-2012 Flight Commander, Family Practice Clinic (Maxwell AFB); 2012-2014 Commander, Medical Operations Squadron (Robins AFB); 2014-2015 AWC student; 2015-2017 Commander, Medical Group (JB PH-Hickam); 2017-2018 Director/Command Nurse, Medical Operations Air Combat Command/AFSOC (Langley AFB); 2018-2020 Commander, Medical Group (Brooke Army Medical Center, JBSA)
Dr. David S. Sorenson, Professor of International Security Studies
Advising Interests: Middle East politics and security; American defense policy-making, including military base closure, defense budget politics, defense acquisition.
Research Interests: Middle East politics and security, including Middle East civil-military relations; American defense policy, defense economics
Degrees: PhD, Graduate School of International Studies, (now the Korbel School of International Studies), University of Denver, MA, BA, California State University at Long Beach.
Experience: 1973-1991: Auburn University at Montgomery, Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, 1994 – 2000; Denison University, 1975-1991, Department of Political Science, instructor - full professor; (Department Chair, 1986-1989); Mershon Center, The Ohio State University, Senior Faculty Research Associate, 1981-1991; University of Colorado at Denver, Instructor, 1974-1975.
Dr. Ashly Townsen, Assistant Professor of International Security Studies, National Security Decision Making Course Director
Advising Interests: Political Movements, Political Protest, Rebellion or Revolution, Psychology, Terrorism, Political and Violent Groups, African Politics, Peacekeeping Operations.
Research Interests: Subnational political violence and political behavior, usually involving experiments and/or spatial econometrics.
Degrees: PhD, Political Science, University of Illinois; BS Political Science, Sam Houston State University
Experience: 2015-18 Assistant Professor, Washington State University; 2018-current Assistant Professor, Air War College
Col Jeremy Turner, USAF, PhD, Instructor
Advising Interests: political psychology, decision making, and experimentation as a research method
Research Interests: political psychology, decision making, and experimentation as a research method
Degrees: PhD, Political Science - International Relations, Texas A&M University; MA, Air War College; MA, School of Advanced Military Studies; BS, United States Air Force Academy
Experience: Commander, 449 Air Expeditionary Group, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti; Commander, 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, GA; HH-60G Weapons Officer, 1900+ total flight hours -- Operations ENDURING FREEDOM – HORN OF AFRICA; NEW DAWN; ENDURING FREEDOM; IRAQI FREEDOM; NORTHERN WATCH; SOUTHERN WATCH; Headquarters Air Force, A3 staff; Office of the Secretary of Defense staff
Col Christian G. Watt, USAF, PhD, Instructor
Advising Interests: All things Soviet/Russia/Eastern Europe; foreign policy; postwar cooperation; strategic partnership; reconciliation; airpower theory and doctrine; operations; air warfare; rated issues; future technology
Research Interests: Postwar Cooperation; strategic partnership; reconciliation; political unification; Former Soviet Union (FSU) states
Degrees: PhD, Political Science (International Relations), University of North Carolina; MA Political Science (International Relations), University of North Carolina; MA, Air War College; MBA, City University; BA Russian, Portland State University; BA Mathematics, Portland State University; Command and General Staff College, Ft Leavenworth, KS
Experience: Commander, 321st Expeditionary Mission Support Advisory Group, 2009-2010; Commander, Detachment 15, ACC Training Support Squadron 2007-2008; F-15E Weapon Systems Officer—2,500+ hours, 600+ combat; Operations PROVIDE COMFORT; DENY FLIGHT; SOUTHERN WATCH; IRAQI FREEDOM; 2 years as USAFA faculty (Military Science, Russian Language, Flying); 1 year as a NATO Staff Officer (CAOC-6, Eskisehir, Turkey); 1 year as LeMay Center Director of Doctrine Development