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Author Bios

Todd Arnold (1)

Major Todd Arnold is an FA24 and former Signal Corps officer. He is a research scientist in West Point’s Cyber Research Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EE&CS). He holds an M.S. from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. from West Point, both in Computer Science. His previous assignments include serving in the G33 of Army Cyber Command and two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) with the 22d Signal Brigade.

Fernando Lujan (1)

Major Fernando Lujan is an Army Special Forces officer and Foreign Area specialist at the Center for a New American Security.  He most recently served 14 months on GEN Petraeus’ Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team as an Afghanistan-Pakistan Hand. 

 

Scott Nestler (1)

Dr. Scott Nestler is an operations research analyst who is currently the Force Strategy Division Chief at the Center for Army Analysis. Previously, he taught at the Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A serving Army Colonel, he served as the Chief of Strategic Analysis for Multi-National Force-Iraq in 2009.

Cameron Graham (1)

Cameron Graham is serving as a Military Intelligence officer in the United States Army, and is currently preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.  He earned his Master’s degree in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University and his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Baylor University.  

Alexander MacCalman (1)

LTC Alexander D. MacCalman is an Army Special Forces Officer in the Operations Research System Analyst Functional Area and has a PhD in Modeling and Simulations from the Naval Postgraduate School. He has five years’ experience as a Special Forces Operational Detachment – Alpha Commander and is currently an Instructor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy.

Rose Lopez Keravuori (1)

Major Rose Lopez Keravuori is a US Army Reserve Military Intelligence officer with an M.A. in International Relations, currently serving as a Reserve Defense Attaché at the US Embassy in Paris and Brussels.  She manages a business targeting Human Trafficking in the Caribbean.

Peter F. Schaefer (1)

Peter F. Schaefer was a Vietnamese-speaking intelligence officer in Vietnam, targeting VC and NVA units, and the VCI.  He has worked, off and on, for more than 40 years advising the Pentagon and various intelligence agencies.  He was an adviser to a number of senior Philippine officials including the Philippine Secretary of National Defense.  In the late 1980s he served as the Senior Adviser to the Administrator of USAID, responsible for a reform plan for the agency and a new approach to foreign aid.  He also wrote a strategic plan for a government approach to COIN which was the first of many iterations of this paper.

G. Damon Wells (1)

MAJ G. Damon Wells is a Field Artillery Officer currently stationed at Fort Sill, OK.  In 2012 he served as a Security Force Assistance Team Leader in Khakrez District, Kandahar Province, working with the Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) and Afghan Local Police (ALP).

August Cole (1)

August Cole is a writer and analyst specializing in national security issues. He is an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, where he focuses on defense industry issues. He is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. A former journalist, he covered the defense industry for the Wall Street Journal and worked as an editor and reporter at MarketWatch.com. Follow him on Twitter @august_cole

Brian Harris (1)

CPT (P) Brian Harris is an OH-58D pilot and a Cavalry Leaders Course instructor at the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Ft. Benning, GA.

Jamsheed K. Choksy (1)

Jamsheed K. Choksy is professor of Iranian, Central Eurasian, and International studies at Indiana University. He also is a member of the National Council on the Humanities at the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities.

Daniel T. Canfield (1)

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel T. Canfield is an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps with operational experience in Haiti, Liberia, the Arabian Gulf, Iraq, and northern Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He holds a MA in history from North Carolina State University and several advanced degrees from the Marine Corps University and the US Army War College. He currently serves in the J5 at US Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Edward Cox (1)

Edward Cox is the author of Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship (New Forums Press, 2010). From 2008 to 2011, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY.  He holds master’s degrees in public administration and international relations from Syracuse University.

David Spencer (1)

David Spencer is Assistant Professor of National Defense Studies at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.  He has spent the last sixteen years working in support of U.S. policy in Colombia and is the lead author of Colombia’s Road to Recovery: Security and Governance 1982-2010, published by the Perry Center in 2011.  During 2011-2012 he was on detail at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Western Hemisphere Affairs where he served as Director of Colombia Policy.  After leaving OSD he spent several weeks in Cauca doing research for this article.

Eddie Brown (1)

MAJ Eddie J. Brown is an Intelligence Officer in the United States Army who has conducted extensive study on analytical methods for population centric analysis.  The opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or positions of the Department of Defense or the U.S. government.