CTX Journal Vol. 5, No. 2

About the Contributors


Patricia Blocksome is assistant vice president for research with the Special Operations Research Association, where she is also the managing editor of Special Operations Journal. She teaches social science in the School of Advanced Military Studies at Army University and is completing her dissertation on the structural components of sub-state political violence at Kansas State University. Publications include, with Sam R. Bell, Amanda Murdie, and Kevin Brown, "‘Force Multipliers': Conditional Effectiveness of Military and INGO Human Security Interventions" in the Journal of Human Rights 12, no. 4 (November 2013).

Dr. Doug Borer is an associate professor of Defense Analysis at the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, California. He earned his PhD in political science from Boston University in 1993. Dr. Borer's academic postings include the University of the South Pacific, the University of Western Australia, Virginia Tech, National University of Malaysia, and the US Army War College. In 2007, he co-founded (with Dr. Nancy Roberts) the Common Operational Research Environment (CORE) Lab at NPS. In 2011, he and Dr. Leo Blanken created the Combating Terrorism Archive Project.

Major Emmanuel G. Cabahug is an active foreign military officer in the Philippine Army, currently working on his master's degree in Defense Analysis at NPS. From 2009 to 2014, MAJ Cabahug served with the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Education and Training, OG8, Philippine Army, dealing with bilateral and multilateral training engagements with allied partners.

First Lieutenant Mehmet Asım Kanmaz is a gendarmerie officer in the Turkish Armed Forces. He graduated from the Turkish Military Academy in 2011 and earned his MA degree at NPS in 2014. His master's thesis, titled "Countering Terrorist Financing: A Case Study of the Kurdistan Workers' Party," includes comprehensive research on the issue of terrorist financing. His primary research areas are terrorism, terrorist financing, and Middle Eastern politics.

George Lober guides US and international military students through the tricky terrain of ethics and critical thinking at NPS. He earned his BA and MA in English from the California State University system and has published in the journals Eclectic Literary Forum and Red Wheelbarrow. Lober became interested in the study of ethics in 1998 through a reacquaintance with both philosophy and critical thinking and joined the faculty of NPS in 1999.

Dr. Christopher Marsh is the president of the Special Operations Research Association and the editor-in-chief of Special Operations Journal. He is a professor of National Security and Strategic Studies in the School of Advanced Military Studies at Army University. Previously, he taught at the US Air Force Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field, and Baylor University. He is the author of several books on Russian affairs and comparative Russian-Chinese politics, including, with Nikolas Gvosdev, Russian Foreign Policy: Interests, Vectors, and Sectors (CQ Press, 2013).

Major David Munyua is a Marine officer in the Uganda People's Defence Force. He is currently working toward an MS degree in Defense Analysis from NPS.

Colonel Ian C. Rice is a US Army officer with over 24 years of active service. He has served in a variety of command, staff, and advisory positions in support of combined operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Korea, all of which concentrated on the challenges of irregular war. He is currently a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, where his research focuses on the impacts of military assistance activities on the institutional development of partner militaries and subsequent effects on domestic and regional politics.

Lieutenant Colonel Fabian Sandor is a Special Forces officer in the Hungarian Army, currently serving as the deputy director of the Force Readiness Directorate in the NATO Special Operations Headquarters in Mons, Belgium. In 2006, CPT Fabian participated in the creation of the Hungarian Special Forces Battalion as a Special Forces company commander. In early 2009, he was deployed to Afghanistan as the commander of the Hungarian Special Forces element. In June 2012, after receiving his MS degree at NPS, MAJ Fabian became the senior Special Forces advisor at the Operational Directorate of the Hungarian General Staff.

Dr. Robert Tomlinson is vice president of the Special Operations Research Association, and director of the Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program in the School of Advanced Military Studies at Army University. Dr. Tomlinson served 26 years in the US Air Force, retiring as a colonel. He was a certified Joint Specialty Officer, with service on the Joint Staff, and he commanded at the squadron and group level. Dr. Tomlinson's research focuses on Shiite representation in Lebanon. He has published articles in Proceedings and the Ventura County Star on US policy in the Middle East.

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