CTX Journal Vol. 6, No. 1
About the Contributors
Major Wael Abbas graduated from the American University in Beirut in 1999 with a BCE in civil engineering. In September 2000, MAJ Abbas joined the Lebanese Armed Forces. He was commissioned as a lieutenant engineer upon graduating from the Lebanese Army Military Academy. MAJ Abbas's decorations and awards include the Military Valor Medal and the Medal in the Fight against Terrorism. MAJ Abbas holds a master's degree in Defense Analysis from the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
Major Awe (a pseudonym) is a SOF operations and intelligence officer and an Air Force and Army intelligence analyst. He is also qualified in strategic criminal intelligence and SOF advance collection. MAJ Awe has earned nine overseas tour ribbons including a UN operational tour ribbon for Bosnia, multiple NATO ribbons, and the US Army Commendation Medal. He has worked in various SOF staffs, including ISAF SOF HQ. He is currently enrolled as an international student in the NPS Defense Analysis Department's Special Operations and Irregular Warfare curriculum.
Captain Nicholas R. Dubaz is a US Army civil affairs officer with experience in Fort Bragg, Europe, and Afghanistan as an intelligence and civil affairs officer. He holds BA degrees in international development and political science from Tulane University and is currently an MS candidate in the Defense Analysis Department at NPS.
Brian Fishman is a counterterrorism research fellow with the International Security Program at New America, a Washington, D.C., think tank, and a fellow with the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point, where he previously served as the director of research and was a founding editor of the CTC Sentinel. Mr. Fishman also built and led Palantir Technologies' disaster relief and crisis response team, which develops technology for humanitarian organizations. His recent book is Fault Lines in Global Jihad: Organizational, Strategic, and Ideological Fissures (Routledge, 2011), co-edited with Assaf Moghadam.
Blaire Harms is currently a program coordinator in the Center for Civil-Military Relations at NPS, where she develops and executes workshops on civil-military issues including religious and ethnic violence and managing refugee crises. Ms. Harms served for 21 years in the US Army Military Intelligence Corps. Her previous assignments include multinational military training and exercise planning for US Army Pacific. Ms. Harms has a master's degree in political science from Rutgers University.
Dr. Haroro J. Ingram is a research fellow with the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University, Canberra. His Australian Research Council–funded project analyzes insurgent information operations and seeks to "reverse engineer" lessons for counterterrorism and counterinsurgency strategy. Dr. Ingram earned his PhD in political science from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Dr. Casey Lucius was a professor of theater security decision making at the Naval War College Monterey, until 2015, when she resigned to run for US Congress. Prior to that, she designed and taught courses on US foreign policy and Asian studies at NPS. Dr. Lucius served for nearly a decade as a naval intelligence officer and later became operations assistant to the US ambassador in Hanoi, Vietnam. Dr. Lucius earned her PhD in political science from the University of Hawaii in 2007. Publications include Vietnam's Political Process: How Education Shapes Decision Making (Routledge, 2009).
Dr. Siamak Naficy is a senior lecturer in Defense Analysis at NPS. As an evolutionary scientist, his interests include cultural anthropology, evolutionary biology, and cognitive and social psychology. His research focuses on social intelligence and social preferences, including the ways in which sociocultural and evolutionary processes shape human adaptive features. Dr. Naficy earned his PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Douglas Ollivant is a managing partner at Mantid International, a consulting firm with a focus on Iraq. He is also the Arizona State University senior fellow in the Future of War project at New America and serves as an advisor to Monument Capital Group, Meridian Hill Strategies, and TranScan LLC. A retired military officer, his last assignment in government was as director for Iraq on the National Security Council during both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. He has spent a total of more than three years in Iraq and Afghanistan, both in and out of uniform.
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.
Major Joshua Russo graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2003 with a BA in history and Russian. MAJ Russo served for four years on active duty in the Marine Corps and has served for seven years in the Army. During a 2006–2007 deployment to Iraq, he observed the opening stages of the Anbar Awakening movement. Later, in eastern Afghanistan in 2011–2013, MAJ Russo worked with Afghan police forces as they endeavored to integrate security programs within and across provinces. He is an avid student of history and sociology.
Major Caleb Slayton is an active duty officer in the US 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 from the Defense Language Institute in Arabic. Maj Slayton lived for 10 years in various regions of Africa and completed study immersions in Cameroon and Tunisia. He writes on African security issues, religious dynamics, and military operational culture.
Dr. Craig Whiteside is a professor of theater security decision making for the Naval War College Monterey. Dr. Whiteside came to the War College from Washington State University, where he earned a PhD in political science and taught American government and national security affairs. His dissertation investigated the political worldview of the Islamic State of Iraq (2003–2013). Dr. Whiteside was formerly an infantry officer in the US Army and is an Iraq war veteran. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy and the US Army Command and General Staff College.