CTX Journal Vol. 4, No. 3
About the Contributors
Dr. Ali Fisher specializes in delivering insight into complex information ecosystems through network analysis and big data. Using insights from data analysis, Dr. Fisher has worked as an advisor, strategist, and author on methods of achieving influence across a range of disciplines, including public diplomacy and strategic communication, counterterrorism, child protection, human security, and public health. His books include Collaborative Public Diplomacy (2012), The Connective Mindshift (2013), and Trails of Engagement (2010). He received his PhD from the University of Birmingham.
Captain David Hammond is a judge advocate in the U.S. Army. He is presently assigned as the battalion judge advocate for 2d Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. CPT Hammond's previous assignments include command judge advocate, Special Operations Task Force–West, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 2013–2014; operational law attorney, Task Force Spartan, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, 2011–2012; trial counsel, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York, 2010–2011; and trial counsel, U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, 2008–2010.
Major Michael Hutchinson graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2003 with a BS in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. He deployed to Anbar Province, Iraq, with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment from 2004 to 2005. Upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2008, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), leading Operational Detachment–Alpha (ODA) 3325 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, during two deployments between 2009 to 2012. ODA 3325 became one of the first Village Stability Operations teams, and returned to the same location in Paktika Province for a total deployment period of 20 months. MAJ Hutchinson is currently attending the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and expects to graduate with an MS in Defense Analysis in December 2014.
Major Margus Kuul has been on active duty in the Estonian armed forces since 1998; he joined the Estonian Military Intelligence Battalion in 2008, where he continues to serve. MAJ Kuul graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps Basic Officer Course and Infantry Officer Course in 2001, and the Estonian National Defence College Basic Officer Training course in 2003. MAJ Kuul was deployed in Iraq in 2005 as a light infantry platoon commander.
Julia McClenon is a writer, researcher, and editor who helped found and develop the Combating Terrorism Exchange journal at NPS in 2011. She then served as a U.S. Foreign Service officer in China from 2012 to 2014, where she was the inaugural chairwoman for the Ambassador's Civil Society Subgroup on Religion (title translated from the Chinese). In 2014, McClenon helped open the Sino-U.S. Friendship Association for Guangzhou University. She has presented to Chinese audiences on topics ranging from American civil liberties and the mechanics of four-stroke engines, to the poetics and history of hip hop and spoken-word poetry. Her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies is from Global College, Long Island University.
Kirk E. Meyer served for 23 years with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as an assistant special agent in charge of the multi-state Chicago Field Division. His last two overseas assignments were in Afghanistan, where he served from 2006 to 2008 as the DEA assistant country attaché. From 2008 to 2011, he was the founding director of the Afghanistan Threat Finance Cell, which worked to identify and disrupt funding streams to terrorist organizations and to target high-level public corruption. Meyer received numerous performance awards from the DEA, and in 2011 was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by General David H. Petraeus. Since retiring from the DEA, he has been the senior manager of the Financial Intelligence Unit at GE Capital, Americas.
Colonel Imre Porkoláb is presently the Hungarian National Liaison representative at NATO Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia. COL Porkoláb played a pivotal role in developing the Hungarian Defence Forces' SOF capability while serving with the Ministry of Defence, Joint Forces Command, and then as commander of Hungary's SF battalion. He has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. COL Porkoláb holds a PhD in military leadership.
Dr. Nico Prucha of the University of Vienna focuses on jihadi online activities related to Syria and the organized opposition. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg. His research centers on textual and audiovisual content analysis of jihadist activity online, specifically focusing on extremist shari'a interpretations of hostage taking and executions. He has written frequently on the subject and blogs for Jihadica.com.
Captain Caleb Slayton is an active-duty officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he serves as director of the AFRICOM Theater course for Special Operations Forces. He completed a master's degree in Middle East and Africa Security Studies from NPS and graduated with honors in Arabic from the Defense Language Institute. Capt. Slayton lived for 10 years in various regions of Africa, and completed study immersions in Cameroon and Tunisia. Capt. Slayton writes on African security issues, religious dynamics, and military operational culture.
Ryan Stuart is the layout and design director for Combating Terrorism Exchange. She is a voracious reader of books on many subjects and is one of Goodreads.com's Top 100 Reviewers. She earned her BA in English from California State University, Sacramento and has taught English as a Second Language, as well as classes in fiction and nonfiction writing. She has written hundreds of short stories, four screenplays, one stage play, and two unfinished novels. Stuart is currently finishing (much to her relief) a third novel.