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Author Bios

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.

Daniel Sukman (2)

Major Daniel Sukman, U.S. Army, is a strategist at the Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Virginia. He holds a B.A. from Norwich University and an M.A. from Webster University.  During his career, MAJ Sukman served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and United States European Command. His combat experience includes three tours in Iraq.

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.

Marwan Noman (2)

Ambassador Marwan Noman was Yemen Ambassador to Japan from November 2007 until he resigned in March 2011 in protest of the killing of 58 peaceful protesters and over 800 injured by the government armed and security forces. He served as Yemen Ambassador to China from October 2004, before transferring to Japan.  He was also Yemen Ambassador to Ethiopia from September 1979 until June 2002.  Noman joined Yemen’s Foreign Service in September 1973. He holds an LLB from Cairo University.  He is retired, and currently works a freelance consultant.

Martin Gabriel (2)

Martin Gabriel was born in Klagenfurt (Austria) in 1983, studied history at the University of Klagenfurt (2002-2007), and wrote his Master Thesis on the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. His publications include works on 19th century European political history, military history of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy (especially the Balkans), and counterinsurgency warfare. He is currently employed at the University of Klagenfurt’s Department for Information and Documentation in the Field of History / Austrian Historical Bibliography, and as lecturer with a focus on the history of imperialism and military history.

Morgan Smiley (2)

Morgan Smiley is an active duty Army officer currently serving as an advisor to a mechanized infantry battalion of the Saudi Arabian National Guard.  His previous assignments include advisor to Iraqi security forces and to Afghan security forces.<

Douglas Batson (2)

Douglas Batson joined the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as a human geographer in 2004. A German and Turkish linguist, he is also a staff member to the Foreign Names Committee of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. He previously worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Department of Justice, and is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve. He holds a Bachelor of Science in geography from Excelsior College, a Master of Education from Boston University, and a Certificate in Peace Support Operations from the Peace Operations Training Institute.  Batson is the author Registering the Human Terrain: a Valuation of Cadastre, and co-author of Citizen-Soldier-Expatriates in America’s Tank Division.

Bob Killebrew (2)

Colonel (USA ret) Bob Killebrew writes and consults on national defense issues as a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. His most recent writings include The Crossover of Urban Gang Warfare and Terrorism (National Strategy Forum, Fall 2008) and Terror at the Border for Armed Forces Journal, December, 2008. With Jennifer Bernal he authored the CNAS study Crime Wars; Gangs, Cartels and U.S. National Security, published in 2010. He is currently working with Matthew Irvine on U.S. – Colombian security policy.

Todd Arnold (2)

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 two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) with the 22d Signal Brigade, serving in the G33 of Army Cyber Command, and developing, testing, and analyzing CNO capabilities in support of current and future contingency operations for NSA and USCYBERCOM.

Matthew P. Dearing (2)

Matthew P. Dearing is a research associate completing a PhD in the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval Postgraduate School. His dissertation focuses on the variation of paramilitary groups in Afghanistan. He is a prior-service Marine with a BA from UC Berkeley and MA from the Naval Postgraduate School.  His interests have taken him throughout Afghanistan, Belarus, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Malawi.

Robert Beljan (2)

Robert Beljan is an instructor at the Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds a B.S. and an M.A. from the Political Science Faculty, University of Sarajevo. In 2009, he served with Danish Battle Group, Task Force Helmand in Afghanistan.