Leadership

Gen. (Ret) Charles Jacoby

Gen. (Ret) Charles Jacoby

Distinguished Chair

General Charles H. Jacoby, Jr. is the Senior Vice Chairman for Capitol Peak Asset Management Company. He also serves as the Distinguished Chair of the Modern War Institute at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Patrick Howell

Patrick Howell

Director

Col. Patrick Howell is the Director of the Modern War Institute at West Point. A career Engineer and Strategic/Operational Planner, he has deployed in support of combat operations to Afghanistan, Iraq, and East Africa.

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Charles Faint

Charles Faint

Deputy Director

Lt. Col. Charles Faint currently serves as Deputy Director of the Modern War Institute at West Point and as an Assistant Professor, teaching Comparative Defense Policy. A military intelligence officer, he holds five undergraduate and graduate degrees, the most recent of which is from Yale University. Published in a number of blogs and professional journals, Lt. Col. Faint’s is also the coauthor of Violence of Action: The Untold Stories of the 75th Ranger Regiment in the War on Terror.

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Full-Time Staff

John Amble

John Amble

Editorial Director

John Amble is the editorial director of the Modern War Institute at West Point. He is a military intelligence officer in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. He writes on terrorism, intelligence, the military, and the Middle East.

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Jeff Bender

Jeff Bender

Operations Officer

Capt. Jeff Bender is the Operations Officer of the Modern War Institute. He also serves as an instructor of DS350 Persuasive Communication.

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Max Margulies

Max Margulies

Director of Research

Dr. Max Margulies is the Director of Research and an Assistant Professor at the Modern War Institute at West Point. He also serves as the course director for the thesis and capstone programs in West Point’s Defense and Strategic Studies program. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Political Science from Columbia University, and a BA in Political Science (Honors) from McGill University.

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Donald Patton

Donald Patton

NCOIC

Sgt. 1st Class Donald Patton currently serves as the NCOIC of the Modern War Institute. He is also the NCOIC of the Irregular Warfare Group club and an officer representative with the wrestling team and the dive club.

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Matt Schardt

Matt Schardt

Executive Officer

Maj. Matt Schardt serves as the Executive Officer of the Modern War Institute and teaches DS455 Comparative Defense Policy.

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John Spencer

John Spencer

Chair of Urban Warfare Studies

Maj. (ret) John W. Spencer is the Chair of Urban Warfare Studies at the Modern War Institute at West Point and Co-Director of MWI’s Urban Warfare Project.

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Scott Woodbrey

Scott Woodbrey

Air Force Liaison Officer

Lt. Col. Scott Woodbrey is the Air Force Liaison Officer to the United States Military Academy at West Point and teaches DS485, Sea and Air Power.

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