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Department of Leadership and Warfighting

Department of Leadership and Warfighting

The Department of Leadership and Warfighting teaching three core courses: 1) Strategic Leadership and the Profession of Arms; 2) Airpower (Air, Space, & Cyber), Innovation & the Future; and 3) Theater Strategy and Campaigning.  In the Strategic Leadership course, students analyze fundamental concepts, logic, and analytical frameworks used in the development and application of leadership at the senior level in a joint environment.  Next, in the Airpower course, students examine how joint airpower, as a part of a joint, multi-domain, and multinational force, intends to innovate to prepare for the challenges of conflict in the future across the range of military operations -- to include special emphasis on the employment and sustainment of Air, Space and Cyberspace forces.  Finally, in the Theater Strategy and Campaigning course students synthesize Campaign Design, Theater Campaign Plans, and the Joint Operational Planning Process through which combatant commanders set the military conditions for attaining national and coalition objectives as both a supported and supporting instrument of power.

Col James David Bottomlee – Department Chair

Colonel J. David Bottomlee is the Chair of the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. His recent assignments include: AFIT Ph.D. graduate student at Auburn University; Director of Air Operations NATO headquarters in Afghanistan; and Commander of the 3rd Fighter Training Squadron. He is a command pilot with more than 2,500 flight hours in the F-16 and AT-38 including 250 combat hours on multiple combat deployments. Colonel Bottomlee has a B.S. in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy. Later, he completed a M.B.A. at California State University, a M.A. in Psychology/Leadership Development from the University of Colorado, and a M.A. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Recently, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Leadership and Political Science from Auburn University. His research interests include: leadership, moral courage, professionalism, ethics, moral injury, organizational culture, and combat airpower.

Col James Rodriguez, Deputy Department Chair, USSOCOM Chair

Colonel James “Jim” Rodriguez, USAF, an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, was most recently the Chief, Europe and Africa Support Group, HQ Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida. His responsibilities included leading two branches with 15 joint and civilian staff officers. He provided regional expertise to support the planning, coordination, synchronization, and oversight of U.S. and partner SOF operations and activities within the EUCOM and AFRICOM areas of responsibility. Col Rodriguez graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989, and immediately cross commissioned into the Air Force. After completing Undergraduate Navigator Training at Mather AFB, CA, he was selected for his first operational assignment in E-3B/C AWACS. During his five year assignment within the AWACS community he participated in Operation Desert Storm, Provide Comfort, and Southern Watch among others. In 1995 he transitioned to Special Operations and helped stand up the new AC-130U AFSOC squadron, the 4 Special Operations Squadron (SOS). Over the next five years he served as a Special Mission Planner, Flight Commander and Wing Commander’s Executive Officer. In addition he deployed on the first AC-130U contingency deployment, in support of Operations in Bosnia. From 2000-2003 he served on the 3rd Air Force Staff in Mildenhall, United Kingdom as a Branch Chief as well as deployed to Kyrgyzstan to stand up Manas Air Base for initial operations into Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He returned to AFSOC to assume duties as the Operations Officer and Commander of the 4 SOS and subsequently commanded his squadron while conducting continuous combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. After command and Air War College, he was assigned to US Forces Korea in Seoul as the Chief of Policy Division.

Lt Col John Binder, USMC

Lt Col John Binder, United States Marine Corps, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting.  He is an Armor Officer, Foreign Security Force (FSF) Advisor and Security Cooperation Officer (SCO).  He has commanded at the Platoon, Company and Battalion levels.  In addition to combat deployments, he served as the Deputy Commander, Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) Field Team deployed to Iraq.  Other previous assignments include serving two tours in Saudi Arabia as a SCO and FSF Advisor attached to the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh and one tour as a SCO and FSF Advisor attached to the U.S. Consulate in Dubai. He has also recently served as the N5 (Future Plans) Officer for the U.S. Third Fleets Expeditionary Strike Group – Three.   Lt Col Binder earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Kansas and commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He received a Master of Arts Degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps University.  His interests include leadership, joint planning, Middle Eastern history and culture, and Arctic maritime strategy.   

Col Ron Carson, USMC

Colonel Ronnie A. Carson, USMC, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. He is a Marine Aviator and CH-53E pilot with combat deployments to Albania, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. As a Marine Aviator, he has served in a variety of both tactical and support units holding all major Department Head positions to include Commanding Officer of HMH-462 where the squadron deployed to Iraq. During this deployment, the squadron transitioned the heavy lift community out of Iraq and into Afghanistan. Contingency, combat, and humanitarian assistance assignments include Operations: JOINT ENDEAVOR, SILVER WAKE, GUARDIAN RETRIEVAL, NOBLE ANVIL, JTF SHINING HOPE, ALLIED FORCES, ALLIED HARBOUR, AVID RESPONSE, JOINT GUARDIAN, UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, OIF, and OEF. Key Staff assignments include: Director of Operations/Strike Advisor for the J317 Airborne Command Post at USSTRATCOM and served on the faculty at Joint Forces Staff College. Col Carson is a graduate of the Air War College (2011). He has accumulated over 3,500 hours as a Marine Corps pilot.

Lt Col Kathleen Crimmins

Lt Col Kathleen Crimmins is the Director, Executive Leader Feedback Program (ELFP), Air War College (AWC), Maxwell Air Force base, Alabama. The ELFP includes an in-depth 360 degree leadership assessment, self-awareness scale, mentoring program, and a peer-to-peer survey for the in-residence Senior Developmental Education (SDE) programs at the AWC. She earned her BA from Auburn University and a MS in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Alabama. She received her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi following an internship at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX. Additional noteworthy professional accomplishments are she developed three manualized suicide prevention trainings for the Air Force in 2014 and she co-edited the Air Force Guide to Suicide Assessment, Management and Treatment in 2013. She deployed to Sather Air Base, Iraq for 194 days in 2006 – 2007.

CAPT Steve Dradzynski, USN Advisor

CAPT Steve Dradzynski, U.S. Navy, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, and serves as the U.S. Navy Advisor to Air University. Previously, he served as Naval Forces Chief of Staff and Liaison Officer to U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida. He was the N3, Operations Officer, for Strategic Communications Wing 1 from 2009-2012. Other previous assignments include command of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 7 (VQ-7), duty as Airborne Command Post Communications Officer for U.S. Strategic Command and various other sea and staff assignments. Captain Dradzynski earned his Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Methods in Management from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan in 1987. He was commissioned from Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1989. Captain Dradzynski completed a Master of Arts in National Security from the Naval War College and earned a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the National War College.

CAPT Stephen Flaherty, USN

CAPT Stephen Flaherty, US Navy, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. He is a Naval Flight Officer and EA-6B Prowler Electronics Countermeasures Officer (ECMO) and has completed eight operational deployments to Europe, the Middle East, and the Indo-Pacific Region. Previously he served as the Director of Brigade Operations as well as taught Ethics and Moral Reasoning at the United States Naval Academy. Other previous assignments include command of Electronic Attack Squadron ONE THREE ONE (VAQ-131), Operations Officer onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74), Director of Operations for Joint CREW Composite Squadron ONE (JCCS-1), and various other sea and staff assignments. CAPT Flaherty earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern European History from Harvard and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Corps at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Warfare. He has accumulated over 3,000 hours and 875 carrier arrested landings as a Naval Flight Officer. Interests include Air Warfare, Naval Warfare, Electronic Warfare, and Ethics and Moral Reasoning.

Dr. John P. Geis II, Colonel, USAF (ret.)

Dr. John P. Geis II is currently the Director, Airpower Research Task Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Dr. Geis was the Chief Meteorologist of WISC-TV prior to entering active duty in 1983. His Air Force career spanned training and combat operations flying T-37, AT-38B, T-43, two variants of the F-111 and the AC-130H special operations gunship. A distinguished graduate and the Commandant’s Award Winner at Air Command and Staff College, Colonel Geis co-authored the Alternate Futures monograph for the Air Force 2025 Study. He has been involved in budgeting and planning, and for two years directed all modernization efforts for all U.S. Air Force Special Forces. A graduate of the Air War Class of 2001, Dr. Geis served as the Director, U.S. Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology for a total of eight years during which time he and his team created what is now known as the Blue Horizons Research Program which examines the strategic implications of emerging technology. Dr. Geis retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Air Force in 2011. Dr. Geis holds a Bachelors Degree in Meteorology and a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters Degree in Political Science from Auburn University, and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from Air University, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin.

Mr. William Lewis

William Lewis is the course director of the Airpower course in the Leadership and Warfighting Department at the Air War College. He joined the AWC faculty in the summer of 2016 after more than 28 years of service in the United States Air Force. Commissioned after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1988, Mr. Lewis was a career fighter pilot with over 3,500 flying hours, including over 2000 in the F-15 with 250 hours in combat. He commanded the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, was a Division Chief on the Joint Staff, served as the 48th Fighter Wing Vice Commander at RAF Lakenheath and completed his career as Chief of Staff at the Headquarters, United States Air Force in Europe and Africa. Mr. Lewis is a graduate of the National War College and the USAF’s School for Advanced Air and Space Studies.

Col Niki Lindhorst - Air Force Space Command Chair

Col Niki Lindhorst, U.S. Air Force, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, and serves as the Air Force Space Command Chair to Air University. Previously, she served as Deputy Division Chief of Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Transport Division, Joint Staff J6. She was the commander of the Enterprise Operations Squadron at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA from 2013-2015. Additional assignments include operations officer of the Enterprise Operations Squadron, Deputy Career Field Manager for the Space and Missile Operations career field (OEF 10-11), and various positions within Air Force Space Command and Air Education and Training Command. Col Lindhorst was commissioned from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Southern Illinois University in 1995 earning a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology. She attended graduate school at Trident University earning a master’s degree in Education Leadership. She earned a Master’s of Military Operational Arts and Sciences from the Air Force Command and Staff College in 2009 and completed Air War College in 2012. Her research interests are based in space operations, force management and career field management.

Col Gregory Lococo, USAFR

Colonel Greg Lococo is the Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Commandant, Air War College. He was previously assigned to the USEUCOM Joint Operations Center. During this period he served a progression of assignments as XO to Team Chief then Nuclear Advisor culminating as Battle Staff Commander on the E-6B Contingency Airborne Command Post. Prior to USEUCOM he was the primary 3rd Air Force Future Operations Planner. He was responsible for all contingency actions across the range of military operations and during this period deployed to Tbilisi after the Russian invasion as the AFFOR lead, served as a Space Shuttle Trans-Atlantic Landing Site Squadron Commander and planned-executed USAFRICOM’s first mission. Previous experience includes ANG War and Mobilization branch, Site R operations and 9-11 Battle Captain at JB-Andrews 113th Wing. A career Airman (both enlisted and officer), Col Lococo is a Joint Crisis Action Planner and Master Command and Control Officer with over 6000 hours in support of Integrated Air and Missile Defense Operations throughout Europe-Middle East-North Africa. Col Lococo is a former Natural Sciences Jr. Fellow at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center and holds a B.S. from Salisbury University and Masters of Military Operational Art and Science from Air University.

 

COL Joseph Malizia, Jr, USA

Colonel Joseph Malizia, Jr, USA, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. He currently serves as the Course Director for Strategic Leadership and the Profession of Arms (SLPOA), teaches SLPOA and Theater Strategy Campaigning, leads the Air War College Hap Arnold Outreach Program, and is responsible for AWC participation in the Jim Thorpe Sports Day competition at Carlisle Barracks, PA. His last operational assignment was as Battalion Commander, 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion at Fort Stewart, GA. Prior to that, COL Malizia served as the CJ-9 for the Combined Joint Task Force-10 in RC EAST; Assistant Chief of Staff, G9 for the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry); Plans Officer for the G-35, U.S. Army Special Operations Command; and various unit-level assignments as a Civil Affairs, Quartermaster, and Military Police Officer. He has extensive operational experience in Latin America and additional overseas deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. COL Malizia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Richmond, a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and graduated with Honors from the Kansas University Interagency Studies Program with a Masters of Arts in Global and International Studies. His research interests include leadership, emotional intelligence, influence and negotiations, organizational climate and culture, and Latin American affairs.

Col Sean McCarthy

Colonel Sean McCarthy, USAF, is an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. He was commissioned upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1993 and earned his aeronautical rating in Undergraduate Pilot Training in September 1994. He has held a variety of positions, serving twice as an Operations Officer, a Wing Director of Staff, a Commander at the Squadron and Group levels, a Director at the Center level, and a staff member for U.S. Central Command and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to arriving at Maxwell AFB, Colonel McCarthy commanded the 332d Expeditionary Operations Group at Al Jaber AB, Kuwait and the 447th Air Expeditionary Group at Incirlik AB, Turkey. In this capacity he was responsible for commanding 550 Total Force Airmen who provided Precision Strike, Aerial Refueling, Combat Search and Rescue, and Personnel Recovery capabilities for US and coalition forces supporting Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Colonel McCarthy is a Command Pilot with more than 3,360 flying hours, including 1,096 combat hours in the F-15E and A-10C supporting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE. He is a resident graduate of Air Command and Staff College as well as the Air War College where he was recognized with highest academic distinction honors.

Col Richard Mendez, Air Force Global Strike Chair

Col Richard “Rich” Mendez, U.S. Air Force, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, and serves as the Air Force Global Strike Chair to Air University.  Col Mendez enlisted in the Air Force in 1990 and was commissioned in 1996 through Officer Training School.  He has served as a Minuteman combat crew commander, evaluator and instructor.  He also has tours in Offensive Space Control Operations, Computer Network Attack Operations, Recruiting and staff tours at Air Force Space Command and the Air Force Technical Applications Center.  His command tours include the 16th Expeditionary Space Control Squadron at Kadena AB Japan, the 332nd Recruiting Squadron in Nashville Tennessee and the 709th Support Group at Patrick AFB Florida.  Col Mendez has 5 deployments in support of OPERATIONS SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.  He has a B.S. in Education from Southern Illinois University and an M.S. in International Relations from Troy State University.  His research interests include military history, international relations and combat power.

COL Jon “JP” Moore, USA

Colonel Jon “JP” Moore, USA, is a Field Artillery branch officer and an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting at the Air War College. He most recently served as the Director, Soldier and Support and Support Systems Evaluation directorate for the US Army Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. He commanded 1-37 Field Artillery, 3BCT/2d Infantry Division at Fort Lewis Washington and Diyala, Iraq. Other assignments include the 18th Fires Brigade Assistant S3 and Liaison Officer to the 82d Airborne Division Artillery and Headquarters and Service Battery Commander for 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Bragg. NC; 3rd Howitzer Battery Commander and Squadron Fire Support Officer for 3rd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (LI) at Fort Polk, LA; Fire Support and Firing Battery O/C & Senior Fire Support Analyst at the Combat Maneuver Training Center (now JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany; Infantry Brigade Combat Team Fire Support Coordinator for 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment Operations Officer and an Executive Officer at Fort Drum, NY; Instructor for the School of Command Preparation at Fort Leavenworth, KS; NATO’s Allied HQ Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS) as an operational level planner, Deputy Director Joint Operations Center, and the Director for the JFCBS Afghanistan Desk / Director Afghanistan Fusion Cell. He has deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and NATO missions ISAF and Resolute Support on multiple occasions. COL Moore is a 1990 distinguished military graduate of the Valley Forge Military Academy and Junior College. He is a graduate of the Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College with a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies. COL Moore is currently pursuing the completion of his Master’s Degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University.

COL Shanon Mosakowski, USA

COL Shanon Mosakowski is an instructor in the Joint Warriors Studies Seminar. His recent assignments include: J34 Chief of Lethal Fires/FSCOORD of the CJTF-OIR led by XVIII ABN Corp; Deputy Commander, 4-25th BCT (Airborne) at FT Richardson, AK; and Battalion Commander 3-320th Field Artillery, 3/101st Airborne Division, at FT Campbell, KY. He has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on multiple occasions and Operation Inherent Resolve. His research interests include: targeting, the application joint fires, and mission command. COL Mosakowski is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College at FT Leavenworth, KS and the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, AL. He has a Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University and a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College.

COL Richard W. (Rick) Pelham, USA

Colonel Richard W. (Rick) Pelham, USA, is a Logistics branch officer and an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting at the Air War College. He most recently served as the expeditionary Sustainment Advisory Team (eSAT) Director for the Operational Sustainment Branch of the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A). Prior to this deployment, he served as the Director of Strategic Plans and Business Transformation (G5) for the Alabama National Guard. Other assignments include Commander, 46th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team; Operations Officer and Full-Time Administrative Officer (AGR), 111 Ordnance Group (EOD) Alabama ARNG; Operations Officer and Full-Time Administrative Officer (AGR), 200th Training Regiment (LDR), Alabama ARNG; J33 Current Operations Officer, Joint Task Force Civil Support; Support Operations Office, 1103rd CSSB; Battalion Operations Officer, 1103rd CSSB; Company Commander, 1670th Transportation Company (MED TRK) and 3203 Ordnance Company (MSL SPT). He has deployed in support of Operations Desert Storm/Shield, Operation Noble Eagle, and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and NATO Mission Resolute Support. COL Pelham is a 1991 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Management. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Col Chris Richie, USMC

Colonel Chris Richie, USMC, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. He also serves as the Director of the "Hap" Arnold Executive Leadership Series. He is a career Aviation Command and Control (AC2) officer with further designations as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO) and Senior Air Director, with additional MOS’ of C4 Plans Officer and Joint Qualified Officer. He has served as XO and OPS O at the Squadron and Group level and has served as the Commanding Officer of a Tactical Air Operations Center; a Marine Air Control Squadron (MACS-2); a Marine Air Control Group (MACG-38); and a Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF CONTINUING PROMISE) embarked on the USS IWO JIMA. He has served as the Director for I MEF Red Team; Director Marine Corps Installations-West G-7 (Government/External Affairs); MAWTS-1 C3 Department Head; MARDET OIC, Multi-TDL Joint Interoperability Division; and Director Marine Air Command and Control Squadron-X where he was responsible for Operational Development of the Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S). He is a resident graduate of JICO (1999); C2 Systems Course (2001); Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (2001); Air Command and Staff College (2005); Air War College (2012); and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (2014). Colonel Richie graduated from Auburn University (1992) via the ROTC scholarship program and also earned an MBA, with honors, from Regis University (2000). He has served in 19 countries including Europe, East Asia, South America, Central America, and the Middle East. Contingency assignments include Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ALLIED FORCE, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and CONTINUING PROMISE. His last joint assignment was as the Deputy U.S. Liaison office at the U.S. Embassy, United Arab Emirates responsible for foreign military sales, Theater Security Cooperation activities, and enabling Coalition operations. His areas of interest include: servant leadership, ethics, organizational culture, public speaking, and Joint AC2.

Lt Col Donald Sandberg

Lieutenant Colonel Donald J. Sandberg, USAF, is an instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. He received his commission through Air Force ROTC at Louisiana Tech University in 1998 and has since accumulated approximately 2,800 flight hours as an instructor weapon systems officer in the F-15E Strike Eagle. He has served in units responsible for combat operations, formal training, test and evaluation, international affairs, and acquisitions. Lt Col Sandberg is a graduate of the F-15E Weapons Instructor Course (2006), the Air Command and Staff College (2012), and the Naval War College (2019), with experience in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE.

COL Glenn Schmick, USA

Colonel Glenn Schmick, US Army, is a Military Police branch officer and an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting at the Air War College. He most recently served as the Commander, 18th Military Police Brigade, Vilseck, Germany. COL Schmick previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Afghan Deputy Minister of Security, NATO, Kabul, Afghanistan and as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Pentagon, Washington, DC. COL Schmick has commanded five times from company to brigade level, has five operational and combat deployments, and four assignments in Europe. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate and Summa Cum Laude from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1994. He received his Military Operational Art and Science Masters Degree as a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Command and Staff College in 2009 and his Strategic Studies Masters Degree as a Distinguished Graduate from the Air War College in 2015. Research topics: effects of environment on toxicity; organizational impact of culture and climate; police in counter insurgency operations.

Dr. Daniel Strand

Daniel Strand, PhD, serves as Assistant Professor of Ethics in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting. At the Air War College he teaches courses on the Just War tradition and the ethics of warfare, political ethics, and ethics and leadership. Prior to his appointment he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Arizona State University (2015-19) in the History Department and the Program in Political History and Leadership where he taught courses on ancient Rome, history of Western political thought, and warfare and politics. Strand's research interests include the political and moral thought of Augustine of Hippo and the Augustinian tradition, the role of ethics and religion in foreign policy, the Just War tradition, bioethics, and political ethics. He is the author of the forthcoming Gods of the Nations (Cambridge University Press), a historical study of Augustine's political thought in City of God. He has published articles and book chapters on the history of the Just War tradition, Augustine of Hippo, Hannah Arendt, and the ethics of euthanasia. He is currently working on a book examining the role of national interest in the ethics of warfare. He received his BA in philosophy from the University of Minnesota, M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and PhD in Religion and Ethics from the University of Chicago.

CAPT Paul Varnadore, USN, CJCS Chair

Captain Paul Varnadore is a submarine warfare officer assigned to the Air War College as an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting and the CJCS Chair. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, he enlisted in the Navy in April, 1989. Following selection to the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program, he attended Auburn University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. During his last sea tour, he served as Commanding Officer of USS Louisiana (SSBN 743)(Blue). Other sea tours included assignments as a division officer aboard USS Maine (SSBN 741)(Blue); Engineer Officer on USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723); and Executive Officer on USS Tennessee (SSBN 734)(Blue). Ashore, Captain Varnadore served on the staff of Commander, Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Command in Norfolk, Virginia; the staff of Commander, Australian Submarine Force in Perth, Western Australia as the Principal Staff Officer for Operational Preparedness; the Joint Staff Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5) as Chief, Strategic Deterrence & Nuclear Policy Division. He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Science degree in Applied Physics and is a Joint Qualified Officer.

Mr. Christopher Wilbeck

Chris Wilbeck is a Professor of Joint Military Operations as a member of the Leadership and Warfighting Department at the Air War College. He joined the AWC faculty in the spring of 2018 after more than 28 years of service in the United States Army. Professor Wilbeck was commissioned a 2LT of Armor in 1989 and has served in operational and planning positions from the Squadron/Battalion to the Division and Joint Level. His most significant assignments include battalion commander of a combined arms battalion in the 1st Infantry Division, Division Operations Officer (G3) for the 4th Infantry Division, and Director of Operations (J3) for JTF-GTMO. Professor Wilbeck’s military education includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), and the Air War College. He has earned a BS in Business Administration, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), a Masters in Military History, a Masters in Theater Operations/Operational Planning, and a Masters in Strategic Studies. Professor Wilbeck is the author of Sledgehammers: Strengths and Flaws of Tiger Tank Battalions in World War II and has participated in a World War II historical documentary series sponsored by National Geographic-International and PBS.