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Author Bios

Kenn Boechler (1)

Second Lieutenant Kenn Boechler, U.S. Air Force, majored in Military and Strategic Studies at the USAF Academy.

Michael J. Coote (1)

Michael J. Coote is a Special Forces trained U.S. military officer assigned to the United States Southern Command.  He has been intimately involved with foreign internal defense programs throughout Central and South America for most of his twenty-five year career.

Phil Reynolds (1)

Major Phil Reynolds is a U.S. Army Civil Affairs officer.  His previous assignment was to the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned his Master of Science in Defense Analysis specializing in Irregular Warfare. He holds a B.A. from Saint Bonaventure University and an M.A. from the University of Oklahoma. MAJ Reynolds served with 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment and the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne). He has worked in Africa, Iraq, and extensively in Central Asia. MAJ Reynolds is currently assigned to 3rd IBCT, 25th ID.

Aaron Taliaferro (1)

Wade P. Hinkle and Alexander O. Gallo are researchers at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).  Aaron Taliaferro is a researcher at IDA and a Lt Colonel in the USAF Reserves, assigned to the Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force for International Affairs.  All three gentlemen have significant experience working with foreign government’s defense institutions in an attempt to improve their institutional capabilities.  The views, opinions, and findings presented in this paper reflect the views of the authors and should not be construed as representing any official position of the Institute for Defense Analyses, the United States Air Force or the US Department of Defense.

Leonard Lira (1)

Leonard Lira is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.  He serves as an Army Strategist currently assigned as an assistant professor in the Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations in the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Yasir Kuoti (1)

Yasir Kuoti is an Iraqi free lance writer based in Washington, DC where he write and comments on the politics of the Arab world and Middle East.

Richard O. Day (1)

Lieutenant Colonel Richard O. Day is currently a Program Analysis working at the Program Management Office within United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He was commissioned through Officer's Training School in 1997 and completed a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Prior to his current assignment, Lt Col Day served as Chief, Integration Division in the Rapid Capabilities Operations, Mission Support Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly VA.

Scott Swanson (1)

Scott Swanson is a Defense and Intelligence advisor.  He is a published author, cleared consultant, analyst and instructor on the topics of special operations and intelligence. 

Scott can be reached at scott.swanson7@us.army.mil

 

Patricio Asfura-Heim (1)

Patricio Asfura-Heim is a senior analyst with CNA Corporation. His areas of expertise include irregular warfare, community self-defense groups, and partner capacity building. He has conducted numerous studies on Afghan security forces and has carried out fieldwork in Afghanistan since 2009.

F. Gregory Gause III (1)

F. Gregory Gause III is professor of Political Science at  The University of Vermont whose focus is the politics of the Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf Area. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1987 and is a regular contributor to various journals including Foreign Policy.

Ruben Stewart (1)

Ruben Stewart has spent the last twenty years serving as a New Zealand Army officer and as a civilian. He has served as an advisor to NATO and a consultant to the US, UK and other allied governments, international organisations and NGOs, in conflict and post-conflict environments and the developing world in the fields of peace-keeping, counterinsurgency, stability, reconstruction, humanitarian and development operations including governance, disarmament, reintegration, elections and security sector reform.

Brandon C. Miller (1)

Brandon C. Miller is a civilian All-Source Intelligence Analyst. His past experience includes Non-Commissioned Officer experience in the 10th Mountain Division with deployments to Hawijah, Iraq in 2007-08, and Kunduz, Afghanistan in 2010. Brandon currently works in the field of counter-terrorism. Special thanks to Benjamin York, PMP and LTC Christina Bloss, for editorial review. 

Marc J. Sanborn (1)

MAJ Marc J. Sanborn, U.S. Army, is an engineer officer currently assigned as a student in the Command and General Staff Officer Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, an M.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri Science & Technology, an M.S. in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. The views expressed are solely those of the author and do not reflect the official viewpoints or policies of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.

José de la Pisa (1)

José de la Pisa is Major of the Spanish Marine corps. He graduated from Spanish Naval Academy in 1997, and joined the special forces in 2000.  During his career has been deployed in Lebanon and Somalia. In 2006 attended the Spanish Marine Amphibious Expeditionary Warfare School, and in 2011 graduated from Command Staff Course in the US Marines Corps University. He also graduated in Master in Military Studies in the same university in 2011. He is currently post in the Spanish Navy Head Quarters.

Nathaniel Rosenblatt (1)

Nathaniel Rosenblatt leads Caerus’s research and analysis initiatives focusing on the Middle East and Northern Africa. Prior to joining Caerus, Nate spent three years developing research capacity at The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). He received his MA in International Relations with a Middle East concentration from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he wrote his dissertation on opposition politics in Syria. In addition to working at the university, Nate participated as an international elections observer in Iraq’s national elections in March 2010 and co-edited a journal on the impact of the Arab Spring in November 2011. A Middle Eastern food junkie, Nate is on a constant, world-wide search for authentic kibbeh.