CTX Journal Vol. 6, No. 3

About the Contributors


Dr. Doug Borer is an associate professor of Defense Analysis at the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), in 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, the Universiti Kebangsaan 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 Eric East is a foreign area officer in the US Army. He currently serves as a regional specialist for the Army's Strategic Assessments and Operations Research Division. He earned his BA in English at the Virginia Military Institute in 1999, and an MA with honors in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University. He has deployed to Baghdad and Kirkuk Province, Iraq, where he partnered with and advised local security forces. In 2013, MAJ East joined the Army's Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands program, studied Pashto, and deployed to Afghanistan. He advised local security forces in Ghazni Province and Kabul City's senior police commander and staff.

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 Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation. He previously was a fellow with the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point, where he 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.

Brigadier General (Ret.) Hiran Halangode joined the Sri Lankan Army in January 1973 and was commissioned into the 1st Battalion of the Gemunu Watch in March 1974. He served in the battalion as a platoon commander, adjutant, company commander, and second-in-command, and was the battalion's 13th commanding officer, serving from December 1988 to February 1991. BG Halangode was an officer instructor at the Officer Cadet School, Infantry Training Centre, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy, and the Sri Lankan Army Command and Staff College. He has been awarded for gallantry in combat and for over 27 years of dedicated service to the Sri Lankan Army.

Captain Marius Kristiansen has been a member of the Norwegian Armed Forces since 2001. He earned his BA at the Norwegian Military Academy in 2010 and is currently studying toward an MS in Defense Analysis at NPS.

Ryan Stuart is the layout and design director for the Combating Terrorism Exchange. She is a voracious reader on many subjects and is one of Goodreads'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 non-fiction writing.

Michael Tierney is a researcher in security and counterterrorism, and is currently serving as an anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing investigator. Mr. Tierney earned a BA in political science from the University of Windsor and holds an MA in political science, with an emphasis in national security studies, counterterrorism, and public safety.

Commander Gilbert G. "Billy" Villareal, Jr., is an officer in the Philippine Navy, where he has served with the Naval Special Warfare Group for over 13 years. He earned his master's degree in Defense Analysis from NPS in June 2016.

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