CTX Journal Vol. 4, No. 1

About the Contributors


Dr. David Tucker, guest editor of this special issue of CTX, is an associate professor of Defense Analysis at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, where he teaches courses on terrorism and intelligence. From 1991 to 1998, he worked at the Pentagon, in the Office of Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, on a variety of defense and intelligence issues. He joined NPS in 1998, where he has taught in both the Defense Analysis department and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. His publications include Illuminating the Dark Arts of War: Terrorism, Sabotage, and Subversion in Homeland Security and the New Conflict (Continuum, 2012) and The End of Intelligence: Espionage and State Power in the Information Age (Stanford University Press, forthcoming in Spring 2014). He earned his PhD from Claremont Graduate University.

Peter Berg is an actor, writer, and director. His latest feature film, Lone Survivor, was released in December 2013. Mr. Berg earned his BA in drama from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1984. After moving to Hollywood, he acted in a number of TV series and feature films before turning to screenwriting. His first major writing and directing success was Friday Night Lights (2004), which was turned into an award-winning TV series of the same name.

Major Patrick Collins is a U.S. Army Special Forces officer with 12 years of experience and multiple deployments in the Central Command (CENTCOM) and Pacific Command (PACOM) areas of responsibility. He previously served as Special Forces Detachment commander, Special Forces Company executive officer, and Mobility Commodity chief at Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command. MAJ Collins is currently earning his master's degree in Defense Analysis at NPS.

Dr. Erik J. Dahl is an assistant professor of National Security Affairs at NPS, where he is on the faculty of both the National Security Affairs department and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Dr. Dahl is the author of Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond (Georgetown University Press, October 2013) and a number of journal articles. He earned his PhD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Dr. Dahl retired from the U.S. Navy in 2002 after serving 21 years as an intelligence officer.

Dr. Dorothy E. Denning is a Distinguished Professor of Defense Analysis at NPS, where her focus has been mainly in the area of cyber security and cyber conflict. She earned her doctorate from Purdue University, which later named her a Distinguished Science Alumnus. Dr. Denning is the author of Cryptography and Data Security (Addison-Wesley, 1982) and Information Warfare and Security (Addison-Wesley, 1998). She has received numerous awards, including the Ada Lovelace Award, the National Computer Systems Security Award, and the Harold F. Tipton Lifetime Achievement Award. In October 2012, she was selected to the inaugural class of the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame.

Major Anthony A. Keller, U.S. Army Infantry, is currently studying in the Defense Analysis curriculum at NPS. He has served in Stryker and Air Assault units and the 75th Ranger Regiment as an infantry platoon leader, a Ranger rifle platoon leader, an infantry company commander, and a Ranger company commander.

D. M. "John" Mitra is the joint director of the National Crime Records Bureau, India. He has held many posts in the Madhya Pradesh Police and the Indian federal government, including superintendent of police in three districts; deputy inspector general of the Special Armed Force, Administration, and Home Guards; and Additional Director General of Railways, Complaints, and Narcotics. Mr. Mitra recently contributed a field study for a research project on the impact of developmental initiatives in Maoist-affected areas. Mr. Mitra earned a BSc in physics (with honors) from Ravenshaw College, Odisha, India, and an MS in Defense Analysis from NPS.

Commander Brian O'Lavin graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996 with a BS in systems engineering. In 2009, he graduated from the U.S. Naval War College with an MA in national security and strategic studies. He is currently working toward his PhD in security studies at NPS. In 1996, CDR O'Lavin graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition and SEAL training. As a SEAL, he has deployed to European Command (EUCOM), PACOM, and CENTCOM.

Lieutenant Colonel Gabor Santa is a member of the 34th Special Forces Battalion, Hungarian Army. In Iraq in 2007, he was the assistant team leader of the Hungarian Military Assistant and Liaison team, NTM-I. Two of his three deployments to Afghanistan were as a member of the Hungarian SOF: in 2008, LTC Santa was a partnering officer in the International Security Assistance Force SOF Headquarters, and in 2012, he served as Hungarian SOF Special Operations Task Unit liaison officer. He is currently studying at NPS.

Major Matthew Upperman is a U.S. Army military intelligence officer who is currently assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He recently earned an MS in Defense Analysis from NPS. MAJ Upperman has a combined 36 months of deployment time to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dr. James Igoe Walsh is a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is the author of two books, including The International Politics of Intelligence Sharing (Columbia University Press, 2010), and a number of articles in academic journals. He is currently writing a book on the political consequences of the use of drones and similar technologies in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency campaigns, and was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Defense's Minerva Research Initiative to analyze how armed groups finance their activities and the consequences for military conflict.

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