Birthe Anders is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and holds a PhD in War Studies from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Her research focuses on private military and security companies, civil-military relations, and the security of aid workers.
Nick Bono is an active duty US Army military intelligence officer who currently serves as an Army Fellow assigned to Headquarters, Department of the Army. He earned a BA from Rockhurst University, an MPM from Georgetown University, and a JD from the University of Tulsa College of Law, and is the co-founder of The Defense Policy Initiative.
Max Brooks is the best-selling author of World War Z. He speaks regularly to military audiences to encourage mental agility and flexibility for problem solvers and leaders, writes widely on security and the military, and is also the author of the graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters, which chronicles the little-known story of the first African-American regiment mustered to fight in WWI.
Joe Byerly is an active duty armor officer in the US Army who has served in both conventional military and joint assignments. He is the founder of From the Green Notebook, a website focused on military leadership and professional development, and a cofounding member of the Military Writers Guild.
Matthew Cancian is a PhD student in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. His research focuses on motivations to violence from recruitment through combat to reconciliation, the effectiveness of training on combat motivation, and the effect of past victimization on attitudes towards enemy combatants.
Matt Cavanaugh is an active duty US Army strategist with global experience and assignments ranging from the Pentagon to Korea and West Point to the Middle East. Matt has served on the Wounded Warrior Project’s Advisory Council and is a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations, a Founding Member of the Military Writers Guild, and a Non-Resident Fellow and the co-founder of the Modern War Institute at West Point.
Dr. Young-June Chung is an Assistant Professor of the School of Political Science and International Relations at Tongji University in Shanghai. His current research projects explore China’s systemic approach to foreign policy strategy and the strategic transformation of US-ROK alliance in the context of China’s rise in the twenty-first century.
Dr. Jai Galliott leads the Values in Defence & Security Technology Group within the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. A former Royal Australian Navy officer and Australian Army Research Fellow, he is the athor of several books, including Military Robots: Mapping the Moral Landscape.
Dan Gettinger is a founder and the co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, an interdisciplinary research and education institution at Bard College. His research concerns a variety of issues related to unmanned systems, including the commercial drone industry and regulations, defense research and procurement, and international trade and security.
Andrea N. Goldstein is an officer in the US Navy Reserve and Chief Executive Officer of Service to School. Her military assignments include expeditionary and special operations missions. As a reservist, she currently serves as a military gender advisor in NATO, and focuses on gender as part of military strategy and operations.
Dr. Margarita Konaev is a post-doctoral fellow in the Center for Strategic Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Her research examines the impact of population growth and urbanization on the changing character and conduct of armed conflict, as well as the consequences for civilians living in cities at war.
Steve Leonard joined the University of Kansas School of Business as the Director of the graduate program in Business and Organizational Leadership following a twenty-eight-year career in the US Army. He is a former senior military strategist, the co-founder of Divergent Options, a founding member of the Military Writers Guild, and the creative force behind Doctrine Man!!
Mike Lyons is an established contributor to the CBS Radio News Network and its affiliates, as well as CBS News as an on-air military commentator, providing analysis on military and national security issues. A 1983 graduate of the United States Military Academy, he is a retired major in the US Army Reserve.
Jahara “Franky” Matisek is an active duty officer in the US Air Force, currently serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Military and Strategic Studies at the US Air Force Academy. A former C-17 Pilot with over 2,000 hours of flight time, to include over 700 hours of combat time, he holds a PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University.
Dan Maurer is an active duty Judge Advocate and former combat engineer officer, with service in Iraq during Operations Iraqi Freedom I and New Dawn, as well as in Italy, Africa, and varied stateside assignments. He has served as a prosecutor, appellate counsel, chief of military justice for a large Midwestern installation, and chief of operational law for an Army Service Component Command/Theater Army.
Brett Reichert is an active duty US Army infantry officer who currently serves in a Department of Defense fellowship sponsored by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Headquarters, Department of the Army. He earned a BA from the University of Kentucky and an MPM from Georgetown University, and is the co-founder of The Defense Policy Initiative.
Christopher Sims is a sociologist specializing in the cultural dimensions of warfighting and civil-military relations. His book on the Human Terrain System (US Army War College Press, 2015) has been circulated around the British Army as a recommended text of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst library.
Ali Wyne is a Washington, DC-based policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Since January 2015 he has been the rapporteur for a National Intelligence Council working group that convenes government officials and political scientists to analyze trends in world order.