MWI Resident Military Fellow
Lt. Col. Charles (Charlie) Faint is a United States Army officer currently stationed at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he serves as the deputy director of the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic and the Course Director for MX400, the Superintendent’s capstone course on Officership. Originally from Alabama, Charlie holds five undergraduate and graduate degrees, the most recent of which is from Yale University. Educated in fields ranging from engineering to communication to international relations, his research interests include conflict and negotiation, civil-military relations, and the impact of nonstate actors on the international system. He is married with two young children, and has lived overseas in Germany, Egypt, and the Republic of Korea. Lt. Col. Faint served seven tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq and over the course of his career was assigned to units including the 101st Airborne Division, the 2nd Infantry Division, the 5th Special Forces Group, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and the Joint Special Operations Command. Widely published in a number of blogs and professional journals, his most recent publication is co-authorship of the book Violence of Action: The Untold Stories of the 75th Ranger Regiment in the War on Terror. He was also the editor in chief of West Point’s newest print publication, the Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (JoSH), and he owns the military-themed blog The Havok Journal.