Albert J. Marckwardt, a U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer, has served in various policy and security cooperation positions in the Americas including assignments as a Joint Task Force Liaison Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Honduras and as a Mexico Desk Officer at U.S. Army North. He deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in command and staff positions. He is the coauthor of The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa, a tactical primer on counterinsurgency. He holds an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is currently assigned as the Colombia Country Director at the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs.