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Grand Strategy Seminar

Grand Strategy Seminar

Mr Richard Samuels – Course Director

Mr Samuels joined the Air War College faculty in 2017, and he is the Director of the Grand Strategy Seminar. He retired from the USAF in May 2016 after 30 years of active duty service. Mr Samuels was a special operations aviator with over 3600 hours in several aircraft, and he served in multiple combat in operations from Just Cause to Iraqi Freedom. Mr Samuels commanded at the O4, O5 and O6 levels, and his staff tours included two Service major commands, a sub-unified command, and two tours on the Joint Staff. He holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and M.A. in Strategic Studies. His areas of expertise include command, command relations, National security decision making, strategy and operational design.

Col Christian Watt - Seminar Director for Grand Strategy at the Air War College

Col. Christian Watt, USAF, Ph.D., joined the Air War College faculty in 2014 and is the Seminar Director for Grand Strategy at the Air War College. He is a command navigator with more than 2,300 hours in the F-15E and accumulated 170 combat sorties and more than 600 combat hours in Operations Provide Comfort, Deny Flight, Southern Watch, and Iraqi Freedom. Before completing an Air Force Institute of Technology fellowship at the University of North Carolina, during which he studied Political Science with a focus on International Relations, he was the LeMay Center Director of Doctrine Development. He commanded the 321st Expeditionary Mission Support Advisory Group in Tikrit, Iraq, where he also served as the Senior Advisor to the Commandant of the Iraqi Air Force Officer's College, and commanded Detachment 15, ACC Training Support Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. He is a graduate of Command and General Staff College and Air War College. His areas of interest and expertise include airpower theory and doctrine, operations, postwar cooperation, alliances, strategic partnership, political unification, and reconciliation.