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CSAT Faculty and Staff

  • Col Adam Stone — Director of CSAT
    Colonel Adam "Mez" Stone (USAFA; MAS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University [with highest distinction]; MSSI, National Defense Intelligence College; MSS, Air War College [with highest distinction]; DM, University of Phoenix) is Director of the USAF Center for Strategy and Technology, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He has served in a variety of responsibilities as a career intelligence professional. His assignments included special operations, fighter squadron intelligence officer, fighter wing senior intelligence officer, instructor at the USAF Weapons School, squadron director of operations, airpower intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance strategist for Headquarters Air Force, squadron commander, deputy group commander, and executive officer to the commander, Twenty-fifth Air Force. Before this assignment, Colonel Stone was the Director of Intelligence at the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education.

  • Dr. Russell "Blake" McMahon — Director of Blue Horizons
    Dr. Russell "Blake" McMahon (PhD, University of California, San Diego) is Director of the Blue Horizons Program within the USAF Center for Strategy and Technology at Maxwell AFB, AL. In this role, he helps 17 Air Force officers study the future of conflict as they complete a ten-month master's degree program. Dr. McMahon's own research combines mathematical modeling, statistics, and historical analysis to examine strategic uncertainty in the security realm, most notably in the context of nuclear weapons and civil-military relations. This work has been published by the American Political Science Review, International Interactions, The Guardian, Breaking Defense, Real Clear Defense, and Air University Press. Dr. McMahon has served as deputy director of the Air University Deterrence Research Task Force, as Air University's representative to the US Strategic Command Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance, and as leader of an Air University study of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing technologies and strategy.

  • Dr. Grant Hammond — Professor of Strategy
    Dr. Hammond (BA Harvard, MA & PhD SAIS, Johns Hopkins) is a long-time member of the Air War College faculty and has served in a variety of roles including Chairman of the Department of National Security Studies; Chair, National Security Strategy; and Director of the Center for Strategy and Technology. The former Dean of the NATO Defense College, he has worked with the Command and Staff Colleges and War Colleges of all US military services and those of more than a dozen other countries. Dr. Hammond is the author of three books, numerous book chapters and articles and a variety of studies for the USAF and other government agencies. He specializes in the analysis of alternative futures.

  • Dr. Drew Wagstaff Professor 
    Dr. William “Drew” Wagstaff (PhD, Emory University) is an Assistant Professor of International Security for the Blue Horizons Program within the USAF Center for Strategy and Technology at Maxwell AFB, AL. His responsibilities include providing instruction across an array of subjects, such as metacognition, East Asian politics, and strategy, conducting research relevant to both civilian academics and senior USAF leaders, and advising Fellows on an array of research topics. Dr. Wagstaff has a number of on-going research projects on terrorism, military effectiveness, peacekeeping, and Chinese politics. Some of this work has appeared in Foreign Policy Analysis and Terrorism & Political Violence.  His dissertation, “How Organizational Leaders Assess Subordinates,” uses formal modeling techniques coupled with qualitative and quantitative methods to demonstrate the conditions under which combat leaders may effectively evaluate their subordinates to improve combat performance.

  • Col Ben Phillips—Adjunct Faculty, USAF Center for Strategy and Technology
    Colonel Ben "Dabs" Phillips (University of Missouri, BS Physics; Midwestern State, MA Political Science; MIT Sloan School of Management, MBA) is an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) assigned to the HQ USSOUTHCOM J3 as Director, Joint Operations & Intelligence Center.  His active military career included time as an air traffic control officer, F-15E pilot, and undergraduate pilot training instructor and flight examiner.  As a reserve officer, his experience includes acquisition program management with Air Force TENCAP, as the F-22 program element monitor, and most recently as Associate Director, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory.  His civilian career includes experience in special program oversight, RDT&E technology portfolio management, and currently serves as a strategy consultant to firms large and small, from the Fortune 500 to founder-led startups.

  • Col Jeffrey W. Donnithorne — Adjunct Professor
    Col Jeff Donnithorne is Chief Academic Officer at Air University. He is a 1997 graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Duke University. His Air Force career includes two operational assignments as an instructor weapon systems officer in the F-15E Strike Eagle, with over 300 combat hours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also served as an Air Force intern, with experience on the Joint Staff, the Checkmate division of the Air Staff, and in the Air Force Legislative Liaison office. Following an instructor tour at undergraduate navigator training in Pensacola, FL. Col Donnithorne attended the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) at Maxwell AFB, AL. He then attended Georgetown University, where he earned a PhD in International Relations with a focus on American civil-military relations. Col Donnithorne commanded the 31st Student Squadron at Squadron Officer School (SOS), Maxwell AFB, AL, and served as director of the Center for Strategy and Technology before his appointment as Chief Academic Officer.

  • Dr. Dave Luginbuhl — Adjunct Professor
    Dr. Luginbuhl is the Air Force Research Lab Chair to Air University and was previously the Assistant Chief Scientist, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As such, Dr. Luginbuhl was responsible for the technical direction of a broad, multi-disciplinary research and development portfolio encompassing human-centric aspects of decision-making, forecasting, human performance and training. As AFRL Chair, he facilitates collaboration opportunities between AU and the Air Force Research Lab, and provide assistance to shape the AU curriculum to develop greater awareness of the application of science and technology (S&T) as a critical resource for Air Force leaders. Dr. Luginbuhl earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

  • Mr. John Carter — Deputy A3 and Director of Operations of Air University
    Mr. Carter directs the daytoday operations of Air University, working collaboratively with commanders, commandants, deans and directors in all activities related to the management and governance of education, research, outreach and doctrine development. He teaches leadership at both the Air War College and the Air Command and Staff College. Mr. Carter retired from the Air Force at the rank of colonel in January 2011 after completing more than 28 years of service. He spent the majority of his career in operations, accumulating over 3400 hours flying the O2, A10 and F16. His staff assignments included a tour as the director of the Commander’s Action Group for Air Combat Command and Chief of Space Requirements on the Air Staff. He served as the Commander of an A10 squadron, Commandant of the Air Force Weapons School, Vice Commander of a Fighter Wing in Korea and Vice Commandant of the Air War College. Mr. Carter holds a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University, Masters degrees from EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University and the School for Advanced Air and Space Studies, and he spent a year as a National Security Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

  • Maj Ryan Middleton — Instructor/Innovation Officer
    Major Ryan Middleton enlisted in the USAF in 2001, and spent eight years performing Airborne ISR aboard the JSTARS E-8C aircraft. He was commissioned in 2008 after graduating from Mercer University with a degree in Organizational Leadership, and is currently a C-130H Evaluator Navigator with over 3000 hours. Prior to Blue Horizons, Ryan served as the Acting Director of Operations for the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron supporting Security Cooperation initiatives across Africa. He holds a MA in Organizational leadership from the University of Oklahoma.

  • SrA Timothy Stumbaugh — NCOIC
    SrA Stumbaugh is the NCOIC for the Center of Strategy and Technology's Blue Horizons program.  He is responsible for maintaining CSAT’s computer, phone, video teleconference, and audio-visual systems.  Among some of his other additional duties, SrA Stumbaugh is CSAT’s Government Purchase Cardholder, Information Assurance Officer, Website Manager, and Alternate Security Manager. SrA Stumbaugh began his career as a part of the Air War College Mission Support Information Technology Team. While there, he worked on computers, audio-visual systems, and other administrative duties supporting over 500 high ranking students and faculty from all services. Prior to his current assignment, SrA Stumbaugh was deployed to the Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) Headquarters, where he served as a Joint Operations Command Floor Watch NCO in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Blue Horizons

USAF Center for Strategy and Technology
325 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112