“Competitive Control”: How to Evaluate the Threats Posed by “Ungoverned Spaces”

By Daniel Fisher and Christopher Mercado

About the Authors

Daniel Fisher served as an infantry rifle platoon leader and scout platoon leader for 2-18 IN, 170th IBCT in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan. He holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

Major Christopher Mercado, an Active Duty U.S. Army Infantry Officer, will attend the Georgetown Security Studies Program as a General Wayne A. Downing Scholar of the Combating Terrorism Center, USMA. CPT(P) Mercado served three combat deployments between Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat advisor, Provincial Reconstruction Team member, and as a Rifle & HHC company commander. CPT(P) Mercado also aided in the development of the Palestinian Officer Academy in Jericho, West Bank, Israel.