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Author Bios

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.

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.

Daniel S. Avondoglio (1)

Daniel S. Avondoglio is a Lieutenant Commander with the United States Navy currently serving with a US Marine Corps Task Force in Afghanistan.  He has served is various assignments in support of counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations in multiple theaters.

Steven G. Zenishek (1)

Steven G. Zenishek is a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) employee and a student of the Eisenhower School for National Strategy and Resource Management, National Defense University.   He is an Air Force veteran who served in both the Missile Combat Crew and Acquisition career fields, deployed to Saudi Arabia during Persian Gulf War and developed C2ISR systems in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He has served in a variety of operations, headquarters staff and program management positions. 

Steven Hatfill (1)

Steven Hatfill is a former member of the Selous Scouts / Special Branch.

Russell Ravenhorst (1)

Major H. Russell Ravenhorst, USA, is currently serving as Joint/EOD Staff Planner, in USAFRICOM. He was commissioned through ROTC at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 1998. MAJ Ravenhorst earned a BA in History at UCF in 1998.

Bob Couture (1)

U.S. Army Pfc. Tymothy Quigg contributed to this article. Capt. Couture and Pfc.Quigg were stationed at FOB Sharana, Afghanistan in 2011-2012 with the 578th Engineer Battalion, Task Force Mad Dog Intelligence Section. The mission focused on three lines of effort: Partnership Effects, Construction Effects, and Route Clearance Effects throughout Paktika, Paktia, Khowst, and Ghazni Provinces.