Dr. Joseph E. Osborne is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies at the Air Command and Staff College. He is also a retired Army Special Forces Colonel who has served in the usual array of command and staff positions. His culminating assignment was as the J3, Director of Operations, at Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) where he also served as the J5, Director of Plans, Policy and Strategy. He has a PhD in International Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University and a Master’s in National Security Affairs from the Naval Post Graduate School. His recent publications include a case study on the Rojava Kurds and an analysis of the Syria Train and Equip initiative entitled Syria Train and Equip: Who left the Interns in Charge? (See the Nov 2021 issue of Special Operations Journal). His military assignments have included operations and deployments throughout Africa, South and Central America, Asia and the Middle East. He has served as an ODA and Company Commander in 1st Special Forces Group and as a Company Commander, Battalion S3, and Deputy Group Commander in the 3d Special Forces Group.