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We also offer a few regular contributors an outlet for their work as SWJ Bloggers. They are free to post what and when they want, without editorial direction or interference. Through their years of professional achievement, they've shown us they merit our trust and this vehicle for their thoughts. By pooling together, we achieve enough volume to keep things fresh for our readers, and we gain other synergies from the huge mountain of talent. But individual contributors are, in essence, writing their own blogs.

The current SWJ Bloggers, in alphabetical order are:  Crispin Burke, Robert Bunker, Robert Haddick, Dave Kilcullen, Malcolm Nance, John Sullivan.

 

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Author Bios

Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.

Center for Complex Operations

The United States Congress authorized the creation of a Center for Complex Operations in the FY 2009 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Center for Complex Operations (CCO) was initially formed in the summer of 2008 in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy) and moved in early 2009 to the National Defense University in accordance with an NDU – OSD(P) memorandum of Agreement dated 30 January 2009, subsequently amended. CCO was established to:

  • Serve as an information clearinghouse and knowledge manager for complex operations training and education, acting as a central repository for information on areas such as training and curricula, training and education provider institutions, complex operations events, and subject matter experts
  • Develop a complex operations training and education community of practice to catalyze innovation and development of new knowledge, connect members for networking, share existing knowledge, and cultivate foundations of trust and habits of collaboration across the community
  • Serve as a feedback and information conduit to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and broader U.S. Government policy leadership to support guidance and problem-solving across the community of practice
  • Enable more effective networking, coordination, and synchronization to support the preparation of Department of Defense and other U.S. Government personnel for complex operations
  • Support lessons learned processes and best practices compilation in the area of complex operations
  • Identify education and training gaps in the Department of Defense and other Federal departments and agencies and facilitate efforts to fill those gaps.

Center for International Maritime Security

The Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) is a 501(c)3 non-partisan think tank incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Maryland. It was formed in 2012 and as of 2016 has members and chapters in more than 30 countries. CIMSEC does not take organizational positions and encourages a diversity of views in the belief that a broad range of perspectives strengthens our understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the maritime domain.

Center for Strategic & International Studies

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a prominent American think tank based in Washington, D.C., in the United States. The center conducts policy studies and strategic analyses of political, economic and security issues throughout the world, with a specific focus on issues concerning international relations, trade, technology, finance, energy and geostrategy.

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

The Center of Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) is an independent, nonprofit public policy research institute established to promote innovative thinking and debate about national security strategy, defense planning and military investment options for the 21st century.  Founded in 1983, CSBA has long been a leading source of independent, path-breaking research focused on the future of defense and defense budget data and analysis.

The heart of CSBA is its staff of uniquely qualified defense experts who conduct in-depth strategic and budgetary analyses. Experts include military veterans representing the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, with over 130 years cumulative experience in joint military operations.  The staff also includes a number of experts who have served insenior level policymaking positions within the Department of Defense, State Department and the National Security Council. Former staff currently serve in senior positions at the Defense Department and Office of Management and Budget.

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) is an independent, non-profit, Washington, D.C.-based think tank specializing in US defense policy, force planning, and budgets. It is headed by Andrew Krepinevich, a West Point graduate. According to its website, CSBA’s mission is “to promote innovative thinking and debate about national security strategy, defense planning and military investment options… [and] to enable policymakers to make informed decisions in matters of strategy, security policy and resource allocation.” CSBA emphasizes initiatives the United States and its allies can take to wisely invest in the future, even during periods of fiscal austerity and uncertainty. CSBA evaluates its policy proposals through the net assessment methodology, wargaming, and by estimated impact on the Department of Defense budget over multiple Future Years Defense Programs.

Charles A. Flynn

BG Charles A. Flynn currently serves as the Special Assistant to the FORSCOM Commanding General at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, after serving as the first director of the Mission Command Center of Excellence and the Acting Commander of the Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth.  He commanded the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, in Iraq and the 2-504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, during operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Charles G. Kels

Charles G. Kels is a major in the Air Force Reserve and an attorney for the Department of Homeland Security. Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the Departments of Homeland Security, Air Force, or Defense.

Chaveso Cook

MAJ Chaveso “Chevy” Cook is currently taking command of Delta Company, 3rd Military Information Support Battalion (A), Fort Bragg, NC.  He graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  He subsequently graduated from the University of Texas El-Paso with a masters in Leadership Development and from Columbia University with a masters in Organizational Psychology.

As a Psychological Operations officer MAJ Cook has served as an Operational Detachment Commander for multiple teams supporting USASOC and SOCCENT efforts in the CENTCOM AOR.  His last assignment was as both a Tactical Officer and a Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership instructor at the United States Military Academy for PL100: General Psychology for Leaders and PL471: Leadership in Combat.

Chris Davis

Chris Davis is a former Army intelligence officer who served in a light infantry reconnaissance squadron in Afghanistan. He received his Masters of Arts in National Security Studies from American Military University. His thesis focused on the economic, social, and political consequences of the War on Terrorism for the American middle class. 

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a Middle East Foreign Area Officer with 19 years of service in the U.S. Army. He served as platoon leader and company commander during operations in Kuwait and Iraq. The opinions expressed herein are the author’s and do not represent the views of the U.S. Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Christopher D. Kolenda

Christopher D. Kolenda is President and CEO of Kolenda Strategic Leadership (which consults for Central Asia Institute).  He commanded 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry (Airborne) in combat and served as Senior Advisor to the Department of Defense Senior Leadership and to three Commanders of International Forces (ISAF) over four tours in Afghanistan.  See his two books on applied leadership and strategy: Leadership: The Warrior’s Art and The Counterinsurgency Challenge.  Follow him @Chris_Kolenda.

Christopher Jenks

Professor Christopher Jenks, Southern Methodist University, is an internationally respected expert on the law of armed conflict.  He is the co-author of a law of armed conflict textbook, co-editor of a forthcoming war crimes casebook, and served as a peer reviewer of the Talinn Manual on the international law applicable to cyber warfare.
 
He has published articles on drones, child soldiers, extraordinary rendition, law of war based detention, targeting and government contractors. He has also spoken on those same topics at universities and institutes in Australia, Italy, South Africa and the U.S., and with the militaries of the Republic of Yemen and several different European and African countries.  He recently served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense on U.S. military security sector reform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
 
Prior to joining the SMU faculty, Professor Jenks served for over 20 years in the military. After graduating from West Point, Professor Jenks was commissioned as an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He served as a rifle platoon leader, executive officer and in battalion and brigade staff positions in the U.S., Europe, and in deployments to Kuwait and Bosnia.
 
Following graduation from law school, Professor Jenks transitioned to the U.S. Army JAG Corps and was assigned as the primary international and operational law advisor near the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. During this assignment, he defended Status of Forces Agreement rights of American soldiers during South Korean interrogations and trials in high profile and politically sensitive criminal cases.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Jenks transitioned to the U.S. Army JAG Corps and was assigned as the primary international and operational law advisor near the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. During this assignment, he defended Status of Forces Agreement rights of American soldiers during South Korean interrogations and trials in high profile and politically sensitive criminal cases.
 
Following his return to the U.S. in 2003, Professor Jenks served as the lead prosecutor in the Army’s first counterterrorism case, a fully contested, classified court-martial of a soldier attempting to aid al qaeda. He coordinated the investigative efforts of 30 law enforcement agents from four separate federal agencies on three continents and the Department of Justice’s Counterterrorism section nominated him for the John Marshall award for interagency cooperation.
 
In 2004, he deployed to Mosul, Iraq and served as chief legal advisor to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team comprised of over 4000 soldiers. There he provided targeting advice for the employment of artillery, close air support and direct fire weapons during enemy engagements in a city of two million people. He also advised investigations and served as prosecutor for crimes against the civilian population, detainee abuse, and fratricide. He also wrote and briefed rules of engagement crucial to the success of the first free elections in Iraq in more than three decades.

Christopher Johnston

Christopher Johnston is a fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, and a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon. He served with the Australian Army in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Christopher Kelly

Christopher Kelly is the co-author of America Invades: How We’ve Invaded or Been Militarily Involved with Almost Every Country on Earth and Italy Invades: How Italians Conquered the World. His newest book, An Adventure in 1914, will be published this fall. For more information, visit www.americainvades.com and www.italyinvades.com.