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Author Bios

Steve Griffin (2)

Steve Griffin graduated from Auburn University's ROTC program in May of 2004 and entered Active Duty as an Armor 2nd Lieutenant.  Upon commissioning, he attended the Armor Officer's Basic Course (AOBC) and the Scout Leader's Course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, as well as the U.S. Army Ranger School at Ft. Benning, Georgia.  Steve reported to his first assignment at Baumholder, Germany, where he served as a tank platoon leader with the 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.  While there, he deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in 2006 where he served as both a tank and rifle platoon leader.  Steve was later assigned to Troop G, 1st Calvary Regiment (2nd BCT, 1AD's Brigade Reconnaissance Troop) where he served as a Scout Platoon leader and Troop Executive Officer.  In 2008, Steve deployed to Baghdad, Iraq where he served for a year as a battalion Civil-Military Officer with the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment.  Following that assignment, Steve served as a battalion S-3 Operations Officer for the 3rd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team before leaving the Army to pursue a master's degree in Security Studies.  He currently works as a Department of Defense Consultant and Program Manager in Washington D.C.

Nathan P. Jones (2)

Nathan P. Jones is the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Matteo B. Scianna (2)

Matteo B. Scianna is a candidate in the Dual MA/MSc in International and World History at Columbia and London School of Economics. He is German/Italian and did his undergrad in Maastricht and Vienna Universities. His main focus is European conflicts after Napoleon, Imperialism, the German army, air power and irregular conflicts, and attempting to link the historical case studies to modern security studies and foreign policy/geopolitics.

TJ Waters (2)

TJ Waters spent four years as a co-team chief at U.S. Special Operations Command Headquarters.  Prior to this he was a Senior Counterintelligence Analyst for USCENTCOM and an Intelligence Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency after a successful corporate career. His CIA memoir CLASS 11 was published by Penguin Putnam and remains # 2 on the CIA’s list of recommended reading for new employees.  His two other nonfiction books on intelligence, HYPERFORMANCE and PRIOR TO THE SNAP, are popular with military and academic readers.  He has appeared on Fox News and TraderNation, and quoted in The USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.  He resides in St Petersburg, Florida.

Gian Gentile (2)

Award-winning historian, associate professor of history, and director of the military history program at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Author of How Effective is Strategic Bombing? Lessons Learned from World War II to Kosovo. A serving Army Colonel, commanded a combat battalion in West Baghdad in 2006. Currently working on a study on four sets of generals in counterinsurgency as a visiting fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations.

Andrew Marvin (2)

Andrew Marvin is a managing consultant with IBM Corporation’s Intelligence Mission Solution’s Practice.  His views do not necessarily reflect those of IBM, the US government, or of any past or current client.

Dave LaRivee (2)

Dave LaRivee is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the United States Air Force Academy.  He retired from the Air Force as a colonel in 2010 after serving as a combat analyst during initial operations in Iraq, directing an effects assessment survey team in the summer of 2003, and leading the Strategic Assessments cell, Multi-National Forces-Iraq, from 2007 to 2008.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Operations Research and a Doctorate in International Economics.

Terry Tucker (2)

Terry Tucker is Principle and military analyst for Terra Contra LLC. He is a former embedded trainer and advisor to the Afghan National Security Forces and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Terry also wrote lessons learned for the US Army Center for Army Lessons Learned.  Terry has authored two and books: The Operational Art of Counterinsurgency;  and US Counterinsurgency Methods and the Global War on Terror; numerous articles on defense and security and is an history instructor for Brandman University. Terry currently resides in Los Angeles California.

John A. Bertetto (2)

John A. Bertetto is a sworn member of the Chicago Police Department. He is the author of the following articles: “Coun­tering Criminal Street Gangs: Lessons from the Counterinsurgent Battlespace,” “Designing Law Enforcement: Adap­tive Strategies for the Complex Envi­ronment,” and “Toward a Police Ethos: Defining Our Values as a Call to Action.” Officer Bertetto holds a Master of Science degree from Western Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration from St. Xavier University.

Joe Royo (2)

MAJ Joe Royo is an Army Special Forces officer with experience in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. He has MA in Diplomacy from Norwich University and a MA in Global International Studies from Kansas University. He is currently a student at the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Fort Leavenworth.

William Thomson (2)

William Thomson is a Masters candidate at Harvard University where he specializes in International Relations.  His research and thesis focuses on US engagement in Central and South Asia as well as civil and ethnic violence.

Robert R. Greene Sands (2)

Robert R. Greene Sands is currently a consultant supporting the development of a Language and Culture program for Defense Intelligence Agency.  From 2008 to 2011, Sands was Culture Chair then Chair of the Cross-Cultural Competence Department and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) and Air University at Maxwell AFB.   He received his Ph.D from the University of Illinois, M.A. from Iowa State University, and his B.A from Illinois State University, all in anthropology.  Sands teaches in Norwich University’s College of Continuing and Graduate Studies.   He is the author of six books, and numerous chapters and articles on topics such as environmental security, building partnerships and sustainability, sport and culture, ethnographic theory, and the cognitive origins of religion.  He currently is co-editing a seminal volume on 3C in the military.

William Allen (2)

Captain William Allen is a combat engineer in the U.S. Marine Corps currently assigned as Commanding Officer of A Co. 4TH Combat Engineer Battalion, 4TH Marine Division. Deploying in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 12.1, Will served as the Surveillance Identification Director and S2 officer for the MACS-1 Tactical Air Operations Center in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In addition, Will is a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council, as well as, a fulltime graduate student at Columbia University in New York City working towards an M.A. in Islamic Studies. He is currently writing and researching on nexus topography and asymmetric warfare in the Horn of Africa. Originally from New England, Will graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts with a B.A. in Political Science. The views reflected in his writing are his own.

Oscar Ware (2)

Dr. Oscar Ware is a course developer at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, FL.  He is also a retired Special Forces NCO, with numerous years of experience serving as a Special Forces Medic, Special Forces Team Sergeant, Special Forces Medical Instructor, and Senior Enlisted Medical Advisor to the United States Army Special Forces Command (USASFC) , the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Surgeons, and as the NCOIC for AFRICOM’s TSOC (SOCAFRICA J-33). He holds a Doctorate in Public Health, specializing in Epidemiology, and focusing on research into preventable deaths in combat.

Alex Verschoor-Kirss (2)

Alex Verschoor-Kirss is a student at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He is currently working on a thesis that redefines the label of religious terrorism by investigating how it is misapplied by both terrorist organizations and spectator audiences.