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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Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Director

Col. Liam Collins is the Director of the Modern War Institute at West Point and serves as the Defense and Strategic Studies Program Director in the Department of Military Instruction. A career Special Forces officer, he has conducted multiple combat operations to Afghanistan and Iraq as well as operational deployments to Bosnia, Africa, and South America.

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John Spencer

John Spencer

Deputy Director

Maj. John W. Spencer is the Deputy Director of the Modern War Institute at West Point and Strategic Planner for the Department of Military Instruction. He is the Course Director of DS497 Strategic Studies Capstone and instructor for DS320 Landpower.

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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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Lionel Beehner

Lionel Beehner

Director of Research

Dr. Lionel Beehner is the Director of Research for the Modern War Institute at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also serves as the course director for DS345 Military Innovation within the Defense and Strategic Studies program.

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Jessica Caddell

Jessica Caddell

Operations Officer

Capt. Jessica C. Caddell is the Operations Officer of the Modern War Institute. She also serves as an instructor of DS455 Comparative Defense Policy.

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Jake Miraldi

Jake Miraldi

Strategic Projects Officer

Capt. Jake Miraldi is the Strategic Projects Manager for the Modern War Institute at West Point. He also serves as an instructor for MS300 Platoon Operations.

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Rick Montcalm

Rick Montcalm

Strategic Planner

Maj. Rick Montcalm is the Department of Military Instruction’s Strategic Planner within the Modern War Institute. As an armor officer, he has served in Armor, Stryker, and Infantry BCTs, has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and served most recently as an XO in the US Army TRADOC Command Group.

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Doreen Pasieka

Doreen Pasieka

Administrative Assistant

Doreen Pasieka is currently the Administrative Assistant for the Modern War Institute at West Point. Prior to this, she spent thirteen years working for the Transportation Security Administration. She is also a former member of the US Navy.

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Chase Stoner

Chase Stoner

Senior Digital Textbook Editor

Sgt. 1st Class Chase Stoner is a Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant (18F) assigned to the United States Military Academy’s Department of Military Instruction. He teaches Military Science 100, is the non-commissioned officer in charge for the USMA Pre-Combat Diver program, and is an advisor to the USMA Combat Weapons Team.

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Scott Woodbrey

Scott Woodbrey

Air Force Liaison Officer

Maj. Scott C. Woodbrey is the Air Force Liaison Officer to the United States Military Academy and an instructor for the Defense and Strategic Studies Program. He teaches DS385 Sustaining the Force and MX400 Officership.

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