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Air Force Cyber College Faculty

Leadership Team
Colonel David B. Bosko is the Commandant, Air Force Cyber College. He was commissioned into the Air Force from the ROTC program at the University of Maryland in 1989, graduating with a Bachelor's in Computer Science. In addition, he has earned a Master of Science from the University of Maryland in Information Technology. He is a Master Cyber Operator and a Basic Space Operator. Col Bosko has commanded four different units, garrison and deployed, and has served on USAFE, AMC, and US CyberCom staffs. Most recently he served at the Cyber Chair for Air University and an instructor at the Air Force Cyber College.

Dr. Karen Guttieri is the Dean of the Air Force Cyber College. She completed a doctorate in Political Science at the University of British Columbia and conducted post-doctoral work on the civil dimension of the revolution in military affairs at Stanford. Her publication portfolio in the field of international peace and security includes work on military doctrine, technological innovation, psychological operations and civil affairs, metrics for evaluation and how organizations learn. Her work explores interstitial spaces such as that between peace and war and in the connection of technology and society. Dr. Guttieri has led multinational, multi-agency and multi-disciplinary teams in sponsored research. Ongoing work with the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford includes a study of fake news and social media influence strategies. Longstanding work with humanitarian and international agencies has included educational program leadership, policy planning, participation in United Nations doctrinal development and multinational military exercises. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Guttieri previously developed and directed graduate education programs at the Naval Postgraduate School and led instructional method workshops for colleagues. She was recognized in 2014 as an Honorary Member of the United States Army Civil Affairs Regiment.   

Faculty

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Sampson is the Cyber Chair for Air University and an instructor at the Air Force Cyber College. He was commissioned into the Air Force from the United States Air Force Academy in 2000, with a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences. In addition, he has earned a Master of Science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Joint Information Operations, as well as a doctorate in Business Management from the University of Florida. Lt Col Sampson is a Senior Cyberspace Operator with over 20 years of experience in cyberspace operations, and Air Force recruiting and education. He has commanded at the squadron level and served on the staffs at US SOUTHCOM and the USAFA.


Colonel Kevin L. Parker is the Associate Dean of the Air Force Cyber College. He commissioned into the Air Force in 1996 as a distinguished graduate from Texas A&M University’s ROTC program with a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering. He is a distinguished graduate of the Civil Engineer Officer Basic Course, Squadron Officer School, and Air Command and Staff College and a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and US Army War College. He has earned Master’s Degrees in Human Resources Development, Military Operational Art and Science, Military Strategy, and Strategic Studies, as well as a PhD in Military Strategy from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. He is a registered professional engineer and a Master Civil Engineer officer with experience including 5 years of command at the squadron and group level, four deployments, and staff assignments at Headquarters Air Force. His eleven publications include articles in various journals and a book chapter.  


Col Anthony Franks, USAFR, is an instructor with the Air Force Cyber College. He is a command pilot with over 4,000 hours in the B-52H, C-130H2, and trainer aircraft serving as squadron commander, evaluator, instructor, and staff officer with over 19 years of flying experience and 6 years of Joint Special Operations experience. He has over 680 hours of combat time during Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE, and operations with Counter Terrorism JSOTFs. He serves as an Air University Cyber College instructor. He entered the Air Force with a commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1999, graduating with a B.S. in Business Management. In addition, he earned a Master of Science from Southwestern Assemblies of God University as well as a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Air War College. 


 

Dr. Kim D. Wright is the Outreach and Advancement Branch Chief for the Air Force Cyber College. She leads academic support operations and manages the independent work of a wide variety of education support functions for the Cyber College. Dr. Wright and her interdisciplinary team of experts provides oversight of all seminars and conferences working directly with the Cyber College Dean. Prior to working at the Cyber College, Dr. Wright served as Educational Technologist for Communications, HQ AU/A6 Maxwell Air Force Base. She worked for the U.S. Army as an Instructional Systems Specialist at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Senior Instructional Systems Specialist and Faculty Member for the Army Management Staff College (AMSC) Fort Belvoir, Virginia and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. She has 30 years of experience as an educator. Dr. Wright holds a PhD in Education with a specialization in Education Technology and E-Learning from Northcentral University, La Jolla, California, an Ed. S. with a specialization in E-Learning from Northcentral University, San Diego, California, and an MA in Education from the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. She is also ITIL IT Management certified, a Certified Process Design Engineer (ITSM CPDE), and a certified K-12 Teacher.


Dr. Chad L. Dacus is a Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies with the Air Force Cyber College. He also serves as the Director of the Air University Cyber Research Task Force. His research interests include defense acquisition, economics and its impact on national security strategy, and cyber risk modeling. He has particular interest in improving the metrics available to policymakers. His writing has been published in journals such as IEEE Security & Privacy, Defense Acquisition Research Journal, and Strategic Studies Quarterly. Before coming to Air University, Dr. Dacus served as a Research Analyst and Fleet Forces Command Field Representative for the Center for Naval Analyses. During his time at CNA, he authored numerous technical reports examining such topics as the aggregation of readiness metrics, projecting support costs for the Joint Strike Fighter, and resolving recurring issues in Navy expeditionary logistics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Rice University and an M.S. in Statistics from Texas A&M University. 


Dr. Michael L. Thomas is a Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies with the Air Force Cyber College. Previously he was with Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Charleston as a C4ISR Systems Engineer in the Communications and Networks Division stationed in the Stuttgart Germany office. In this capacity he is responsible for the design, implementation and fielding of major Systems Engineering projects initiated by the Navy, sister services and other US government customers and in the Heidelberg Office supporting HQ USAREUR in Geospatial Engineering. He was on detached special duty after being activated in March 2007, and served a short tour at the Pentagon, as the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) LNO to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and in numerous staff positions in the J2 and J3 staffs at USAFRICOM and USEUCOM.  In addition to his academic credentials, Dr. Thomas holds multiple certifications in Software Quality Engineering (CSQE), Geospatial Systems Professional (GISP) and is also a DAU Certified Level II Systems Engineer. 


Dr. Joshua Alton Sipper is a Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies with the Air Force Cyber College. He completed his Doctoral work at Trident University in September of 2012, earning a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (emphasis, E-Learning Leadership). Dr. Sipper’s previous degrees were obtained from Troy University (M.Ed. Education) and Faulkner University (B.S. English). Dr. Sipper is a veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Air Force in the intelligence career field, and worked for Lockheed Martin in a similar capacity on the U2 program. More recently, Dr. Sipper shifted his focus into the cyber realm as a Systems Engineer for General Dynamics at the Air Force’s 26th Network Operations Squadron, followed by an eight-year stint as a civil servant in the Air Force cyber career field at the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education. Dr. Sipper currently serves as a Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies at the Air Force Cyber College, Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB. Dr. Sipper’s research interests include cyber ISR, policy, strategy, and warfare. 


Dr. Cj Horn is a Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies with the Air Force Cyber College. Previously, Cj served as the Director of the School of Joint Strategic Studies within the College of Information and Cyberspace at Fort McNair. In that position he lead the Nation’s only War College program centered on Information and Cyberspace Warfare. He served more than 24 years in the US Army as an Armor officer and Strategist. Highlights of his service included stints in Germany, Korea, the United States Military Academy, the Pentagon, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Cj earned a B.S. in History from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University. 


Dr. Joseph McGarvey is a Research Professor of Cyber Warfare and Strategy with the Air Force Cyber College. He has more than 20 years of Advanced Cyber Security experience as a manager in the Energy Sector. Dr. McGarvey is an Advanced Cyber Security Systems Practitioner and Critical Infrastructure Protection Specialist. In addition to being well published within the energy industry, Dr. McGarvey is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Advanced Cyber Security Subject Matter Expert consulting with government agencies across the country. He specializes in Industrial Control System (ICS) Cyber Security including developing and Managing Advanced Security Tactics and Techniques for Transmission Power Systems and Renewable Power Systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems, Cyber Data-Analytics, Cyber Threat Intelligence and Analysis, Cyber Vulnerabilities Analysis, System Mission Cyber Impacts, and Mitigations Strategies for Cyber-Risk Assessment. Dr. McGarvey’s Research interests and current Cyber Security topics include Advanced Cyber Offensive Techniques, Red and Purple team Cyber Strategies, Threat Intelligence and Analysis, Advanced Cyber Digital Forensics, Operating Systems, Applied Cryptography and Encryption, Applied Ethical Hacking and Penetration Tools, Offensive Penetration and Hacking Tools, Advanced Security Techniques and Countermeasures, Network Administration, Web Application Security, Server Administration, Databases Security, Vulnerability and Risk Management Maturity Models, Cloud Security, Block Chaining Encryption Standard, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning within the Cyber Security Industry. 


Melissa Thomas is a research professor of cyber warfare and strategy at the Air Force Cyber College. She holds a BA in computer and information science from UC Santa Cruz, a JD from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in political economy and government from Harvard University. Her research interests are cyberpower, artificial intelligence, and metrics. Her most recent articles appeared in Defence Studies, Strategic Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Methods and Measurement in the Social Sciences.  


James Dever, M.A., J.D., is a Professor of Cyber Warfare for the Department of the Air Force.  A former active duty Judge Advocate, he was the senior Cyberspace Operations attorney at Army Cyber Command and Law Department Chair at the Army Intelligence School. Prior to military service, he was a Cyber Law attorney at Deloitte Cyber Risk Services where he partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to create the Privacy Engineering and Trusted Identities in Cyberspace programs. Additionally, he facilitated cyber breach and resilience protocols for national health care providers. He is an Editorial Board Member on The Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare and an Advisory Director at the Center for National Security and Human Rights Law in Chicago. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on Cyber Law, National Security Law, and International Law. His next article, forthcoming 2021, will appear in the American Bar Association textbook, Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Law and Policy. He has lectured at different venues to include the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, NATO Allied Command, and New York University School of Law.  


Dr. Nicholas M. Sambaluk is an Associate Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies. He earned his doctorate in military history at the University of Kansas in 2012 and taught at the United States Military Academy and at Purdue University before beginning work with the Air Force in 2016. While teaching at West Point and at Purdue, Dr. Sambaluk also served as part of the Army Cyber Institute. His four books include the Air Force Historical Research Foundation’s Best Air Power Book of the Year The Other Space Race: Eisenhower and the Quest for Aerospace Security (Naval Institute, 2015), Paths of Innovation in Warfare (Lexington, 2018), Conflict in the 21st Century (ABC-Clio, 2019), and Myths and Realities of Cyber Warfare (PSI, 2020). Winner of the Air Force Association’s 2019 Gill Robb Wilson award for excellence in arts and letters and nominated for a Favorite Faculty award from Purdue University in 2016, Dr. Sambaluk currently serves as an Associate Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies at the Air Force Cyber College at Maxwell AFB. Dr. Sambaluk’s research interests include cyber conflict and modern military history, and are reflected in his next two monograph projects.


Lieutenant Colonel Jamey “Mooch” Haigh is an instructor with the Air Force Cyber College. He is an Air Education & Training Command master instructor with 19 years of teaching experience at Squadron Officer College, the Holm Center, and Civil Air Patrol. During Operation NEW DAWN, He taught English as a second language to aviation cadets and ground crew at the Iraqi Air Force Academy. Originally enlisting in 1993 as an inventory specialist, he earned a commission through Officer Training School in 1999 after obtaining a degree in business management from Saint Leo University. He later acquired postgraduate degrees in business administration and public administration from Auburn University – Montgomery as well as military operational art and science from the Air University. He also holds master ratings in the supply and logistics readiness officer career fields.  


Mr. Anthony Kendrick is an Instructional System Specialist with the Air Force Cyber College. He advises the commandant and dean on Air Force Cyber College curricula. Mr. Kendrick oversees the curriculum development, learning methodology, and instructional design. He collaborates with external agencies to facilitate faculty publication opportunities. Mr. Kendrick executes special projects and performs additional duties. 


Kay Adams is the Program Evaluation Specialist for the Air Force Cyber College. She is responsible for planning and executing the Cyber College marketing and outreach program though the website and social media. Kay joined Cyber College in late 2018 as an instructor/curriculum developer for FMA-C. Previous to her work with Cyber College, Kay worked for the State of Alabama, Veteran’s Affairs, the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless, and Dairy Management, Inc. (got milk?). She has worked with the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force, the National Network to End Domestic Violence and their SafetyNet project, Facebook, Adobe, Tor, Malwarebytes, and other groups. She holds a BA in Psychology from Indiana University, an MBA and a Master’s in Information Systems Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is currently perusing her PhD in Global Leadership at Troy University. In addition to her work at Cyber College, Kay also teaches information systems and business courses for Troy University Montgomery and on-line for Troy’s eCampus.  


Mrs. Holly Shoemaker is a Visual Information Specialist with the Air Force Cyber College. She is responsible for the original design, production and display of a wide variety of media products to improve and enhance the effectiveness of the research, outreach and engagement activities of the AF Cyber College. Prior to working at the Cyber College, Mrs. Shoemaker was the Communications Director of Alabama Pharmacy Association in Montgomery, AL. She also previously served as a Visual Information Specialist with the National Defense University in Washington, D.C for ten years. Mrs. Shoemaker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Communications from Franklin Pierce University, Ridge, NH and has worked in a professional capacity as a graphic designer for 28 years.  


SMSgt Sharon D. Jackson is the Superintendent of the Air Force Cyber College, which is under the Air War College, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Her responsibilities include planning, directing, and coordinating administrative functions in support of the 8 PhD and 2 JD faculty, the 2 Air Force Reserve instructors, the education support staff, the Air University Cyber Chair, and the commandant. SMSgt Jackson entered active duty service in April 1992 as a Health Service professional, serving with the 89th Medical Group, Andrews AFB, Maryland; and subsequently as the Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge of the National Capital Area Tri-Service Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic at Fort Belvoir Virginia. In 2000, SMSgt Jackson entered the Air Force Reserve and served with the 403rd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Sheppard AFB, Texas, and then the 908th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. In 2012, SMSgt Jackson completed the Knowledge Operations Management Apprentice course at Keesler AFB, Mississippi. She returned to the 908th Aeromedical Staging Squadron as Superintendent, Health Services Management, before joining the Air Force Cyber College as a full-time Reserve Augmentee. In the civilian sector, SMSgt Jackson is a DoD Contractor for the AF COOL Program, Maxwell-Gunter Annex, Alabama.  

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