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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Noel Sioson

Noel Sioson

Deputy Director

Maj. Emmanuel Sioson is the Deputy Director of the Modern War Institute at West Point and serves as a Defense and Strategic Studies instructor in the Department of Military Instruction. A career Special Forces officer, he has conducted multiple combat operations to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines as well as numerous operational deployments throughout Asia.

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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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Jonathn Arnett

Jonathn Arnett

Director of Research

Dr. Jonathan D. Arnett is the Director of Research at the Modern War Institute at West Point. A retired US Air Force lieutenant colonel, he was formerly an assistant professor of national security studies at Air Command and Staff College.

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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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Jake Miraldi

Jake Miraldi

Executive Officer

Maj. Jake Miraldi is the Executive Officer of the Modern War Institute at West Point. He also serves as an instructor for MS300 Platoon Operations.

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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

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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