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Author Bios

Christopher Wilkerson (1)

CW2 Christopher Wilkerson is assigned to an Operational Detachment – Alpha in 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa, Japan.  He completed the Special Forces Qualification Course as a Medical Sergeant in 2002 prior to volunteering and selection as a Special Forces Warrant Officer in 2010.  To date he has conducted combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Philippines, while conducting FID, COIN and SA operations throughout SE Asia.

Annie Best (1)

Annie Best is a program officer at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She received a Masters in Urban Design from Carnegie Mellon University. The views expressed in this paper do not necessarily reflect the institutional views of the German Marshall Fund.

Alex Deep (1)

Captain Alex Deep is currently assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  During his most recent combat deployment, Captain Deep served as a Special Forces Operational Detachment – Alpha Commander, operating throughout Eastern Afghanistan.  Captain Deep and his detachment applied concepts across Special Forces core competencies to execute an effective counter-insurgency campaign in districts formerly aligned against the Government of Afghanistan.  Captain Deep currently serves as the Battalion Assistant Operations Officer and will be the Joint Operations Center Chief during an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.  Due to his academic and operational accomplishments, Captain Deep has been selected to instruct International Relations and Comparative Politics at the United States Military Academy.

George Hodge (1)

George Hodge, LTC, USA (Retired) is currently serving as an instructor in the Department of Army Tactics (DTAC) at the US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Fort Leavenworth, KS. He served on active duty from 1980-2002 as an armor officer then as an army aviator. He has 19 years of teaching in various TRADOC schools with multiple assignments at CGSC, including Director of the School for Command Preparation. His assignments include attack helicopter battalion executive officer with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during Operation Desert Shield / Storm, and brigade executive officer for the Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division during Operation Joint Guard in Bosnia in 1997.

Matthew Stein (1)

Matthew Stein is a research analyst at the Foreign Military Studies Office, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.  He was a National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Fellow in Kazakhstan from 2008-09.

Jack Midgley (1)

  Jack Midgley served in Afghanistan in 2010 – 2011 as an Army civilian advisor.   A former Army officer, Jack was Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. He is a West Point graduate, and earned the MPP at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Ph.D. in political science at MIT. 

Dom Pellegrini (1)

Captain Dom Pellegrini is a Marine Corps infantry officer who returned from Afghanistan in July.  He served with the last Marine advisor team to an ANA infantry battalion in Helmand Province.

Danny Pedersen (1)

Danny Pedersen served as Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army from 2002-2011.  During this time, he served with: 4-7 CAV at Camp Garryowen in S. Korea; 4-27 Field Artillery and 1-6 Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armor Division in Germany and Iraq; HQ 101st Airborne Division, 2-506 Infantry and 4-320 Field Artilley, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at FT Campbell, KY and Afghanistan; 4th Battlefield Coordination Detachment with 33d Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB and Afghanistan.

Vanita Datta (1)

Vanita Datta is a USAID Development Officer who is currently serving as the civilian planner for the CENTCOM region. Most recently, she served as Afghanistan Desk Officer at USAID's Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs and at the USAID Mission in Kabul as well as a PRT in the northern provinces. She has prior experience in private sector consulting with the Department of Defense and other Federal Agencies.

Young Kim (1)

Mr. Young Kim is an Army Reserve Captain and the senior regional military analyst for BMG, LLC.

Gautam Das (1)

The author was in the Indian Army from 1968 to 1991, and was an officer of the infantry. During his service he has helped train Afghan Army officers of an earlier Afghan Army in two different military disciplines, viz., weapons skills on infantry crew-served weapons, and operational staff-work at brigade level and above.

Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group (Fellows) (1)

The authors are Fellows in the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group. This team was tasked with exploring the complexities of megacities in the deep future, and developing ways to help the Army prepare for this emerging environment. Mr. Bailey is an Army Civilian Microbiologist, LTC Dixon and MAJ Melin are part of the Army Corps of Engineers, COL Harris is a Signal Officer, CSM Hendrex is a cavalryman, and SGM Russo is an Intelligence Analyst.

Evan Kalikow (1)

Mr. Evan Kalikow is a research associate at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at National Defense University (NDU).  This review reflects his position and not that of the NDU or U.S. Government.

Caleb S. Cage (1)

Caleb S. Cage is a 2002 graduate of the United State Military Academy and a veteran of OIF.  His first book, The Gods of Diyala: Transfer of Command in Iraq, was co-authored by Gregory M. Tomlin and published by the Texas A & M University Press in 2008.  He is a founding editor of The Nevada Review, a journal dedicated to promoting and understanding the literature of his state.

Kyle W. Fonay (1)

Kyle W. Fonay is a former Army Captain currently studying at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.  He has spent six years overseas in East Asia and the Middle East, and has extensive work experience in counterinsurgency, anti-terrorism and training indigenous forces. Kyle is currently focusing on Asian Security and Post-Conflict Stabilization.  He holds a B.A. in Political Science, a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Security, and will complete his M.A. in International Relations in December 2013.