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Brig. Gen. Michael T. Rawls is the Commandant, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The Air War College is the Air Force’s senior professional military education institution, providing post-graduate senior leader development programs focused on joint, multinational, multi-agency warfighting and international security operations, air, space and cyberspace force strategy development and national security planning.
Brig. Gen. Rawls entered the Air Force in 1992 as a distinguished graduate of the University of Kentucky, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He holds Master’s degrees from The George Washington University, Air University, U.S. Army War College and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. Brig. Gen. Rawls has served in staff positions as the Junior Military Aide to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Chief Air Planner, United States Military Delegation to the NATO Military Committee, Brussels Belgium and Senior Service Lead for F-35 development, Arlington, Virginia. He has been a Squadron Commander, Vice-Wing Commander, 435th Air Expeditionary Wing and 435th Air Ground Operations Wings Commander and is a four time member of the U.S. Military Pentathlon Team. As an operational pilot, Brig. Gen. Rawls flew the A-10A/C and F-15C with combat missions in Iraq supporting Operation Southern Watch. As a Test Pilot, he had assignments in the A-10C, F-15C, F-16 and numerous classified platforms conducting advanced weapons development. Prior to his current assignment, Brig. Gen. Rawls served as the Deputy Commander, NATO Mission Iraq, Baghdad.
Brig. Gen. Rawls is a command pilot and has accumulated more than 2,100 hours in 30 different aircraft.
Col Robert J. Rowell, Vice Commandant
Colonel Robert J. Rowell graduated from Auburn University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Central Missouri State University in 1995 with a Master of Arts degree in History, Air University in 2006 with a Master of Science degree in Military Arts and Science, and National Defense University (Eisenhower School) in 2013 with a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. He is a career Space and Missile Operations officer with experience in ICBM ops, Space Control and Missile Warning Ops. He has commanded at the squadron level and served as Deputy Group Commander of the 321st Expeditionary Mission Support Advisory Group in Tikrit, Iraq. In addition, he has served in key staff positions at Headquarters Air Force Space Command, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command.
Col Theresa Weems, Dean of Students
Colonel Theresa Weems serves as the Dean of Students. She has an MS in International Affairs from Troy University; an MS in Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command & Staff College, and a BA in Political Science from Northwestern University. Her career has included the following roles: 1995-1999: Supply & Fuels Officer; 2000-2008: KC-10 Pilot (Evaluator), Flight Safety Officer, Sq/DO; 2009-2011: Pol-Military Affairs Specialist (SAF/IA); 2011-2014: Chief of Wing Safety, Squadron/CC, and Wing IG; 2014-2016: Deputy Director, SECAF/CSAF EAG & speechwriter; 2016-2017: Air Force Fellow with George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies; 2017-2019: Operations Group Commander, Travis AFB. Col Weems has had multiple flying deployments for Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM; counter-drug ground deployments to Quito, Ecuador and Bogota, Colombia; Internship with Department of State’s Political & Economics Department at U.S. Embassy, Santiago, Chile; over 3600 hrs in KC-10A; also flown C-5M and C-17.
Dr. Christopher Hemmer, Dean of the Air War College
Christopher Hemmer is a Professor of International Security Studies and the Dean of the Air War College. Before joining the War College he taught at Cornell University and Colgate University. He received his Ph.D. in 1998 from the Department of Government at Cornell University with a specialty in international relations. He received his BA from the State University of New York at Albany, where he majored in political science and minored in psychology. His principal teaching and research interests are American foreign policy, political psychology, and Middle East politics. He is the author of Which Lessons Matter? American Foreign Policy Decision Making in the Middle East, 1979-1987 (State University of New York Press, 2000) and his most recent book is entitled American Pendulum: Recurring Debates in U.S. Grand Strategy (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015).
Colonel J. David Bottomlee, USAF, Associate Dean
Advising Interests: Leadership, Moral Courage, the Profession of Arms, Ethics, Moral Injury, Toxic Leadership, Organizational Culture and Change, Combat Airpower, Core Values, Strategic/Critical/Creative Thinking, Advice and Dissent, Negotiations
Research Interests: Leadership, Moral Courage, Character Development
Degrees: PhD in Political Science focused in Public Administration & Leadership from Auburn University; MA in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College; MA in Counseling and Leadership Development from the University of Colorado; MA in Business Administration (MBA) from California State University; BA in Political Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Experience: Director of Air Operations NATO headquarters, Kabul, Afghanistan; Commander of the 3rd Fighter Training Squadron; Command pilot with more that 2500 flight hours in the F-16 and AT-38 including 250 combat hours on multiple combat deployments specializing in the Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) mission; Air Officer Commanding at the US Air Force Academy.
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Dr. Elizabeth D. Woodworth, Director of Research and Electives, Center for Writing Excellence
Dr. Elizabeth D. Woodworth is an Associate Professor of Strategic Communication in the at the Air War College. She is the Director of Research and Electives and the Center for Writing Excellence. She was a visiting professor and project director for the Center for Writing Excellence for many years, co-developing the center in 2011. She teaches workshops for individuals and seminars on academic writing and strategic communication. Prior to her appointment at the AWC, she was an Honors Associate Professor of English at Auburn University at Montgomery and held a post-doctoral lectureship in writing at Texas Christian University. She earned her PhD in English at Texas Christian University with specialties in rhetoric and British literature; her MA in English Composition is from California State University at San Bernardino; her BA in English is from Boise State University. Dr. Woodworth has published scholarship in Victorian Poetry, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, The JUMP (and was an editorial board member from 2008-2017), Browning Society Notes, The Journal of Basic Writing, The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, The Ben Jonson Journal with a forthcoming essay in Studies in Browning and His Circle. She’s also published three creative nonfiction essays in the National Honors Collegiate Institute book, Memories and Monuments: Ground Zero and Lower Manhattan. One of her creative nonfiction texts appears as a chapter in the Parlor Press book: Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promises and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses. Recently, she co-authored a chapter in the book, Transforming Organizations: Narrative and Story-Based Approaches. Her specialties include: strategic communication, digital rhetoric, storytelling, higher education, creative thinking, creative nonfiction, literary studies, Victorian poetry, and the 19th c. British novel.
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
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.
The Department of Strategy recruits, retains, and develops quality faculty and staff to develop and deliver current and relevant graduate-level curriculum; to conduct and advise research and publications that are relevant to national security; and, to perform service and outreach that results in mission accomplishment and enhances strategic communications in order to educate and develop critical-thinking leaders to better serve our nation and our interests. The Department of Strategy (DES) teaches the longest of the core courses, Foundations of Strategy (FS). DES Faculty also develop and offer elective courses each year on topics such as command, ethics, leading change, civil military relations, coercive airpower, coalition warfare, irregular warfare, genocide, and military privatization.
COL Patrick Budjenska, USA, Chair, Department of Strategy.
Degrees: Master in Strategic Studies, Bachelor of Arts in History
Experience: Major assignments include G1, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Ft. Drum, New York. While assigned to 10th Mountain, he deployed to Afghanistan as the CJTF – 10 CJ1 for Regional Command – East, Bagram Airfield. Prior to 10th Mountain, he served as the Deputy J1 for United States Forces – Afghanistan, Kabul. Colonel Budjenska served in the G1 section and as the Inspector General for United States Army South, Fort Sam Houston. He was assigned twice to the Army Deputy Chief of Staff G1 at the Pentagon, and also served as the 75th Ranger Regiment S1 during which he also deployed to Afghanistan. As an Infantry officer, Colonel Budjenska served in the 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany, and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Colonel Budjenska’s military education includes Infantry Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, US Army Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School, Intermediate Level Education (ILE) and the Air War College. Colonel Budjenska’s major deployments include three to Afghanistan, Haiti following the earthquake of 2010, and the Balkans.
Dr. Corbin Williamson, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Deputy Department Chair
Advising Interests: Military History, Alliances/Coalitions, Naval Warfare, Congress, Acquisition, Logistics, Nuclear Weapons, Dept. of Defense Organization
Research Interests: Military History, Naval History, World War II, Korean War, Coalition Warfare, Antisubmarine Warfare, Expeditionary Warfare, Military Organizational Culture
Degrees: PhD, History, Ohio State University; MA, History, Texas Tech University; BA, Texas A&M University
Experience: 2014-2016, Historical Office of the Secretary of Defense; 2014-2016, Fleet Professor, College of Distance Education, U.S. Naval War College
COL Gil Cardona, USA, Instructor
Advising Interests: Military History, Wargames, Training, DoD Organization, Plans & Campaigning
Research Interests: Military History, Military Organizational Culture
Degrees: MS, Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida; MS, Strategic Studies, Air War College; BA, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Experience: Deputy Chief of Staff, Third US Army, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Wargaming Branch Chief, US European Command, Patch Barracks, Germany; and Director, US Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC.
Dr. Ron M. Gurantz, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Course Director for Foundations of Strategy
Advising & Research Interests: Crisis Decision-Making, Causes of War, Nuclear Deterrence, Air & Space Power, U.S. Foreign Policy, International Relations Theory, Cold War History
Degrees: PhD, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles; BA, Political Economy, University of California, Berkeley
Experience: 2014-2016, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, UCLA
Dr. Howard M. Hensel, Professor of Politico-Military Affairs
Areas of specialization include: international relations, comparative government, Russian / Soviet area studies, military history and strategy, political philosophy, and the law of armed conflict. He has served as a Professor at the Air War College on the faculty for over thirty years in a variety of roles. These include: the Director of Strategy (2006-2009; 1994-1995); Academic Director of the Air War College's Electives Program (1997-2001); Director of International Security Studies (1990-1992); and Director of Soviet Studies (1988-1990). He received his B.A. degree in History from Texas A&M University; his M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia; and his Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia. Before joining the faculty of the Air War College, Dr. Hensel served on the faculty of the Air Command and Staff College, the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now part of Middlebury College), the Naval Postgraduate School, the University of Virginia, and the Marine Command and Staff College. Dr. Hensel is the author and / or editor of a number of books. His most recent works, Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific: Heritage and Contemporary Challenges, and its companion volume, Naval Powers in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific, were published in late 2017 and mid-2018, respectively. His earlier works include: Global Media Perspectives on the Crisis in Panama: June, 1987 – January,1990 (2011); The Prism of Just War: Asian and Western Perspectives on the Legitimate Use of Military Force (2010); The Legitimate Use of Military Force: the Just War Tradition and the Customary Law of Armed Conflict (2008); The Law of Armed Conflict: Constraints on the Contemporary Use of Military Force (2005); Sovereignty and the Global Community (2004); and The United States and Europe: Policy Imperatives in Globalizing World (2002); The Sword of the Union: Federal Objectives and Strategies During the American Civil War (1989); The USSR and Outer Space: Soviet Media Images of Superpower Space Policy (1985); and The Anatomy of Failure (1985). In addition, he has published over 40 articles and book chapters focusing on various aspects of international relations, political philosophy, and the law of armed conflict, Soviet foreign / military policy, military history, and strategy. Finally, Dr. Hensel is the Editor of the Series on Justice, International Law and Global Security, as well as the Military Strategy and Operational Art Series for Routledge Publishing Company. He has been the recipient of several research and curriculum development grants, including those from the U.S. Air Force Research Institute, U.S. Air Force Arms Control Research Institute, the Department of Defense, the DOD Office of Net Assessment, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He would be interested in advising PSPs on (1) Arctic issues; (2) Russian military, foreign, and domestic policies; (3) the law of armed conflict; and (4) just war theory.
Dr. Alexander N. Lassner, Associate Professor of Strategy, Academic Director for the Grand Strategy Program
He holds an MA and Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University where he specialized in modern military and central European history. As a Fulbright scholar in Austria, and, thereafter, as a Presidential Fellow at OSU, Dr. Lassner’s research focused on foreign affairs and international security policies in Europe during the Interwar Period (1920-1938). Prior to coming to the Air War College, he worked as a consultant to the Mershon Center for International Security and Foreign Policy Studies, and as an Assistant Professor of Comparative Military Studies at the Air Command and Staff College. During this period he published numerous articles and essays on modern military history, co-edited a book on the Dollfuss and Schuschnigg era in Austria, and undertook various research projects. Dr. Lassner has lectured at major conferences in the United States, and by invitation in Italy and Austria. During summer 2005 Dr. Lassner taught courses in modern military history while a Visiting Professor of History at the International Summer School in Innsbruck, Austria. He is currently revising his manuscript on European foreign and security policies in the 1930s for publication.
Dr. Brian McNeil, Assistant Professor of Strategy
Advising Interests: Diplomatic History, International History, U.S. History, American Politics, International Institutions
Research Interests: U.S. Foreign Policy, International History, Decolonization, Humanitarianism
Degrees: PhD, History, University of Texas at Austin; MA, History, Mississippi State University; BA, History, Auburn University
Experience: Assistant Professor of Strategy, 2017-present; Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Historical Studies, 2016-2017.
Dr. David D. Palkki, Associate Professor of Strategy
Advising Interests: Nuclear/Chem/Bio, Deterrence/Coercion, Arms Control, Middle East, US Foreign Policy, and Grand Strategy
Research Interests: Nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, deterrence/coercion, and Iraq
Degrees: PhD and MA, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles; BA, Political Science, Brigham Young University
Experience: Council on Foreign Relations, National Defense University, Institute for Defense Analyses, House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, Texas A&M University, UCLA, Brigham Young University
Dr. Douglas Peifer, Professor of Strategy
Advising Interests: European security issues, particularly West, Central, and Northern Europe; Arctic Security; NATO and the European Union; Germany; Coercive Diplomacy; World Wars; Genocide, Intervention, and R2P; power transition theory.
Research Interests: causes of war; Trans-Atlantic relations; modern Germany history, politics, and society; Global Europe; memory, history, and identity; mutiny, desertion, and leadership; Select Publications (books): The Wehrmacht, Military Justice, and Desertion (Oxford U Press, 2021); Choosing War (Oxford University Press, 2016); Genocide, Airpower, and Intervention (Air University Press, 2008); The Three German Navies (University Press of Florida, 2002); over twenty chapters and articles in edited books and peer reviewed journals.
Degrees: PhD, Modern European History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996; MA, Modern European History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991; BA, History and Economics, Miami University of Ohio.
Experience: Have taught at Air War College since 2006; Have advised over 60 master’s level theses and research papers at the Air War College and Air Command and Staff College; have served as chair, deputy, and course director in the department of strategy; invited lecturer at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies; faculty instructor and subject matter expert for Spring 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, and 2007 Air War College Regional Studies courses/trips to UK, France, and Germany (2019), Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland (2017); the UK, France, and Germany (2016); Germany, Poland, Sweden (2015 & 2010); the UK and France (2013 & 2012); Italy, France, Belgium (2008); and the UK, France, and Belgium (2007).
Col Scott W. Rizer, USAF, Instructor
Advising Interests: Security Cooperation, Foreign Military Sales, Air Mobility, Air Refueling, Strategy, Leadership
Education: BSBA, University of Nebraska at Omaha; MBA, University of South Dakota; Masters, Transportation Management, Air Force Institute of Technology; College of Naval Command and Staff; Air War College
Experience: KC-135 Navigator/Weapons Officer; Commander, Operations Support Squadron; Commander, Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron; Deputy Commander, Expeditionary Operations Group; Vice Wing Commander, Air Base Wing; Vice Wing Commander, Air Expeditionary Wing; Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché – Kingdom of Bahrain; Commandant, International Officer School; Aircraft: KC-135R/T (3200 hours); Operations: Operation SOUTHERN WATCH; Operation PROVIDE COMFORT; Operation ALLIED FORCE; Operation NOBEL ANVIL; Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Operation AFGHANISTAN FREEDOM
CAPT Paul Varnadore, USN, Instructor, CJCS Chair
Advising Interests: Strategic deterrence, nuclear weapons, maritime strategy, global integration and campaigning, defense management
Degrees: M.S. Applied Physics, Naval Postgraduate School; BS Physics, Auburn University; Joint Forces Staff College
Experience: Submarine Warfare Officer; Joint Qualified Officer; 2014-2016 Chief, Strategic Deterrence & Nuclear Policy, Joint Staff J-5; 2011-2014 Commanding Officer, ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana; 2008-2010 Exchange Officer to the Australian Submarine Headquarters; 2006-2008 Executive Officer, USS Tennessee; 2004-2006 Staff Officer, Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Command; 2001-2004 Engineer Officer, USS Oklahoma City; Division Officer, USS Maine (1995-1999).
Lieutenant Colonel (GS) Andreas Wachowitz, German Air Force, German Air Force Advisor to Air University, Instructor
Advising interests: Joint Warfighting with a focus on Air and Space Operations, Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), NATO
Research Interests: War theory, modern military campaigning
Degrees: Graduate from the German General and Admiral Staff College, Hamburg; MoA, Strategic Studies, Air University.
Experience: Command and instructor Pilot with over 2500 flying hours on the IDS and ECR version of the TORNADO, Squadron Commander in the 511 Squadron of the Tactical Air Wing 51 “Immelmann,” and Deputy Group Commander of the German Tornado detachment during ISAF. Second career field in the intelligence community with positions as desk officer for remote sensing satellite programs in the Department of Strategy and Operations of the the German Ministry of Defense and Section Chief in the Strategic Reconnaissance Command.
Email: Andreas.Wachowitz.DE@au.af.edu / AndreasWachowitz@Bundeswehr.org
Dr. Will Waddell, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Joint Warrior Studies Seminar Academic Advisor
Advising Interests: Historical and contemporary Great Power War, historical campaigning, irregular warfare, campaign design, European history, European Union, NATO, Vietnam War
Research Interests: First Indochina War, French army, irregular warfare, wars of decolonization and empire, French history, European history
Degrees: PhD in Military History, the Ohio State University
Experience: 2016-Present, Faculty at Air War College
Dr. Xiaoming Zhang, Associate Professor of Strategy
He earned his Ph.D. in history from The University of Iowa in 1994, and taught at Texas Tech University and Texas A&M International University prior to joining the Air War College. Dr. Zhang is the author of a number of articles on Chinese military involvement in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and Sino-Soviet relations during these conflicts, and of Red Wings over the Yalu: China, the Soviet Union and the Air War in Korea (Texas A&M University Press, 2002). His writings have appeared in China Quarterly, Journal of Cold War Studies, The Journal of Conflict Studies Security Studies, and The Journal of Military History. The Journal of Military History has twice selected him to receive the Moncado Prize for excellence in the writing of military history. He is currently writing a book on China’s 1979 war with Vietnam, and articles on the Chinese air force. His area of expertise includes Chinese military history, People’s Liberation Army Air Force, the Korean War and air war especially, the Vietnam War, and China-U.S. and China-Soviet relations
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.
Prof. Gene Kamena – Course Director
Professor (Col. Ret.) Gene Kamena is the Director of the Joint Warrior Studies Seminar at the Air War College. He has published numerous articles in the area of leadership, ethics and mentoring. He previously served as the Chief of the Army Advisory Group and Senior Army Advisor to the Air University Commander. Kamena was commissioned a 2LT of Infantry in 1979 and has commanded from the platoon to the Brigade Combat Team level. His most significant assignments include Commander of the 2d Brigade Combat Team in Baumholder Germany, Director of Staff for U.S. Space Command at Peterson AFB, Chief of Staff for Northern Command at Peterson AFB, Chief of Staff for the 1st Infantry Division at Wurzburg Germany and Tikrit Iraq, Director of all Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. leader for an Iraqi Commando brigade, Chief of the Force Synchronization Division for ARCIC at Fort Monroe. The professor is a Graduate of Auburn University, the Army War College at Carlisle PA, Advanced Space Operations Course, and holds a Master of Military Arts and Science degree. His expertise are focused in the areas of senior leadership, ethics, Joint Warfighting, and Command and Control.
West Space Seminar
Col Douglas M. Drake, USSF, Ph.D., Director, West Space Seminar
Advising Interests: Education, training, leadership, irregular warfare, space, information operations
Degrees: M.S. Education, Montana State University-Northern; M.S. Joint Information Operations, Naval Postgraduate School; Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Northern Colorado
Military: Space and Missile Operations; Deployed Oct 2014-15 Operation Enduring Freedom/Freedom’s Sentinel as Air Advisor
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Col Niki J. Lindhorst, USSF, Space Force Chair to Air University, Instructor
Advising Interests: USSF, Space Operations, Force Management, Force Development; Regional Interests: Baltics, Balkans, Black Sea.
Degrees: Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College; Masters Arts in Education, Trident University; BA Psychology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
Experience: Aug 2017 – Present: Space Chair to the Air University Commander and Faculty Instructor, Department of Leadership and Warfighting, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL.; Jun 2015 – Jul 2017, Deputy Division Chief, Transport Division, Directorate of Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber, Joint Staff, J6, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.; Jul 2013 – June 2015, Commander, Enterprise Operations Squadron, Technology Operations Group, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, VA; Jun 2012 – July 2013, Operations Officer, Enterprise Operations Squadron, Network Operations Group, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, VA; Aug 2010 – Jun 2012, Deputy, Space and Missile Training & Force Development Division, 13S Deputy Career Field Manager, HQ Air Force/A3, Pentagon
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