of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic to the USA
In February 2009, by Decree of President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR) Bako Sahakyan, Robert Avetisyan was appointed Representative of the NKR to the United States.
2008 to 2009, Mr. Avetisyan served as Counselor at the NKR Office in the United States.
From August 1999 to February 2008, Robert served on various positions in the NKR Foreign Ministry's analytical and political departments.
In 1999, Robert received Bachelor's degree from the Artsakh State University's department of philology. In 2013, he received Master's degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, USA.
Robert was born in 1978 in Stepanakert, Artsakh. He is married, and has three children.
Raymond J. Batvinis
Former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
Dr. Batvinis is a historian and educator specializing in the discipline of counterintelligence as a function of statecraft.
In addition to authoring scholarly articles, he has contributed to the Oxford History of Intelligence, an anthology of essays, published in 2009 by Oxford University Press. He has produced two books on the history of the FBI's counterintelligence program. The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence, (University Press of Kansas [UPK], 2007), examines the turbulent early years of the Bureau's counterintelligence evolution. Hoover's Secret War Against Axis Spies, (UPK, 2014), offers rich details about Hoover's World War II struggles with his British allies, the Bureau's role in the famed Double-Cross deception campaign against the Germans, its contribution to the war against Japan, and the startling revelations from FBI sources which influenced President Roosevelt's decision to pursue the development of the atomic bomb.
Dr. Batvinis has traveled widely throughout the United States and Europe researching counterintelligence issues, participating in conferences, and serving on academic panels. Over the years he has been awarded scholarly grants for research from the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Foundation and the Isador Lubin/John Winant Foundation.
As the Executive Director of the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to assisting law enforcement officers with education grants and scholarships, he curated the J. Edgar Hoover Archives, a unique collection of thousands of rare books, audio recordings, photos, artwork, correspondence and artifacts accumulated by Hoover during his five decades of service with the FBI. He played a key role in the Foundation's 2009 gifting of this valuable collection to the National Law Enforcement Museum where it can be studied by millions of visitors and researchers from around the world for decades to come.
For twenty five years (1972-1997) Dr. Batvinis was a Special Agent of the FBI concentrating on counterintelligence and counterterrorism matters. His assignments included the Washington Field Office and the Intelligence Division's Training Unit at FBI headquarters. Later he served in the Baltimore Division as a Supervisory Special Agent where he was privileged to supervise the espionage investigations of Ronald Pelton, John and Michael Walker, Thomas Dolce and Daniel Walter Richardson.
Following 9/11, Dr. Batvinis returned to the FBI for three years managing a team of former FBI agents and CIA officers who taught the Basic Counterintelligence Course at the FBI Academy. Following this assignment he visited FBI field offices throughout the United States for two years teaching a "Lessons Learned" course for counterintelligence personnel. From September 2010 through August 2011 he managed and taught a one of a kind, four course, twelve credit, advanced counterintelligence graduate program for FBI personnel at FBIHQ. In the summer of 2013 he visited Vilnius, Lithuania where he briefed Lithuanian officials on American counterintelligence policies and practices.
Dr. Batvinis operates fbistudies.com, a website focused on the study of the FBI. He is the Historian for the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, serves as chairman of its History Committee and oversees the Society's Oral History Program. He is a Professional Instructor at The George Washington University and the Institute of World Politics.
In addition to membership in the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, Dr. Batvinis is a Founding Member of Cercle K2, a multidisciplinary consortium of scholars based in Paris, France dedicated to seeking new solutions to problems facing the world today.
Dr. Batvinis, a Long Island, New York native, graduated from Iona College in 1968 and The Catholic University of America with a doctorate in history.
Marek Jan Chodakiewicz
Professor of History, The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies
Former assistant professor of history of the Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia
Former visiting professor of history, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
Dr. Chodakiewicz is the current holder of the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies, which is now here at IWP. He has authored numerous works in both English and Polish. While at the University of Virginia, he edited the Kosciuszko Chair's bulletin: Nihil Novi.
Dr. Chodakiewicz writes weekly columns for popular Polish press and contributes to the SELOUS Foundation internet hub. He has also published on foreign policy in various venues, including The Journal of World Affairs, American Spectator, and National Review Online.
In addition to numerous popular and scholarly articles, Dr. Chodakiewicz authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited over fifteen scholarly monographs and documentary collections. His latest include Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas (2012), which is a depiction of the Eastern Borderlands of the West on the rim of the former Soviet Union, and On the Right and Left (2013), which is a textbook of intellectual history of modern ideologies. He translated and edited the correspondence of the Ulam family of Lwów to the mathematician Stanislaw Ulam at Harvard from 1936 until after the Second World War and co-edited a selection of Ronald Reagan's speeches published as My Vision of America in Polish.
His interests include the post-Soviet zone, the Second World War and its aftermath, Europe in the 19th and 20th century, Western civilization and its intellectual tradition, extremist movements in history, conspiracy theory and practice, and comparative civilizations.
At IWP, Dr. Chodakiewicz teaches courses on Mass Murder Prevention in Failed and Failing States, Geography and Strategy, and Russian Politics and Foreign Policy. In addition, he leads directed studies. He was holds a B.A., 1988, San Francisco State University; M.A., 1990, MPhil, 1992, Columbia University; and a Ph.D., 2001, Columbia University.
Russian SME, Booz Allen Hamilton
Peter Debbins is a Russian Subject Matter Expert at Booz Allen Hamilton for government clients. He is an analyst covering a broad range of topics in economics, business, defense, and emerging trends in Eurasia.
Mr. Debbins served for over seven years in the US Army as an officer in the NBC (Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical) and Special Forces Branches. His assignments included Korea and Germany with numerous deployments to the Balkans and Caucasus region. Mr. Debbins has worked many years in commercial business in Ukraine, Russia, and US.
Peter Debbins graduated from the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis with a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations. He earned his Master's in Strategic and International Studies for The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.
Professor of Strategy and Statecraft
David Glancy formerly served as an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked on education technology issues with National Intelligence University. Prior to joining NIU, Dr. Glancy served as an Assistant Professor (contractor) with the College of National Security Affairs (CISA) at National Defense University. Before being assigned to CISA, Dr. Glancy provided advice on strategic communications issues to a variety of government clients for Booz Allen Hamilton.
Dr. David Glancy has also held positions at both the State Department and Defense Department. At the State Department, he served as a Senior Advisor for Political-Military Affairs and was responsible for handling a number of high-profile issues (coalition political-military efforts in Iraq, issues related to our global military posture, piracy off the coast of Somalia). At the Defense Department, Dr. Glancy was a policy analyst and advisor with the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During his time at the Pentagon, Dr. Glancy served as the Director of the Global War on Terrorism Communications Group and worked as a special assistant with the Eurasia policy office. He holds a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; M.A. The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; M.B.A. Booth School of Business, University of Chicago; and a B.A. from University of Michigan, Dearborn.
Major General Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory, Marine Corps University
Dr. Sebastian Gorka was born in the UK to parents who escaped Communism during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He is an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare, terrorism and democratization, having worked in government and the private and NGO sectors in Europe and the United States.
A graduate of the University of London, and Corvinus University, Budapest, he was Kokkalis Fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and holds a Ph.D. in political science. In the UK he served with 22 Company of the Intelligence and Security Group (V) of the Territorial Army.
In the past Sebastian has acted as a consultant to the RAND Corporation's Washington Office and was the first Director of the Institute for Transitional Democracy and International Security. After September the 11th 2001, he spent four years on the faculty of the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany and has been involved in the training and education of 1,600+ counterterrorism, special forces and intelligence officers.
Dr. Gorka has published in excess of 140 monographs, book chapters and articles, many for the JANES Group of the UK, and appears regularly in the national and international press, to include the BBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, Breibart, REUTERS, BloombergTV, the Washington Post, EuroNews, Al Jazeera, Alhurra and Newsweek.
Dr. Gorka advises and briefs at the highest levels to US Special Operations Command, US Army Special Operations Command, and NATO. He is a frequent guest lecturer at institutions such as the FBI, the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (Fort Bragg), is lead instructor for US Special Operations Command's Combating Terrorism course, and recently briefed the National Intelligence Council (ODNI) and the CIA.
Dr. Gorka has advised the Office of the Secretary of Defense regarding the draft guidance for US Strategic Communications and was consulted by SOCOM during the drafting of the new Joint Operating Concept for Irregular Warfare. He is a founding member of the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs and was awarded the Joint Civilian Service Commendation by US Special Operations Command.
2011 saw the publication of Toward a Grand Strategy Against Terrorism by McGraw Hill, which he was a contributor and co-editor for along with Dr. Chris Harmon and Professor A. Nick Pratt.
With David Kilcullen he co-authored a study of al Qaeda's use of strategic communications for the Praeger title Influence Warfare and his congressional testimony on the durability of al Qaeda is available at: http://armedservices.house.gov/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=1272158c-1011-4dcc-aae3-c8002ec14630.
Currently, Dr. Gorka is heading up a research project for US Army Special Operations Command as part of Commanding General Charles Cleveland's Army Special Operations Forces 2022 initiative.
Aram S. Hamparian
Executive Director, Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA)
Aram S. Hamparian serves as the ANCA's representative to the Administration, Congress, and the Washington foreign policy community. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, he was a member of the New Jersey chapter of the ANCA. As Executive Director, he has testified before Congress and serves as the organization's representative to the national and international media.
G. Philip Hughes
Senior Director, White House Writers Group; Former US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
Philip Hughes served as the United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean from November 1990 until July 1993. Prior to this ambassadorial appointment, he served as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council during 1989 and 1990.
His previous Executive Branch public service included assignments as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement (1988-1989), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs (1986-1988), Director for Latin American Affairs on the National Security Council staff (1985-1986), Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (1981-1985), and Assistant Director for Intelligence Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (1979-1981). Ambassador Hughes was a Research Fellow in Defense Studies at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC in 1978-1979 and began his career as an Assistant Analyst in the National Security and International Affairs Division of the Congressional Budget Office (1975-1977). Ambassador Hughes is currently Senior Director of the White House Writers Group in Washington, DC. Among other roles, he serves as Chairman of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training; Senior Vice President and Secretary of the Council of American Ambassadors; Program Chairman and Board member of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs; and Vice President of the Foreign Policy Discussion Group.
Ambassador Hughes was awarded the Secretary of Defense's Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 1985 and the George Washington Patriot Award of the Sons of the Revolution of the State of New York in 2009. He is married to Victoria A. Knipper Hughes.
Amb. Hughes holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Dayton (1972), an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (1974 and 1975), and an M.P.A. degree from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University (1978). He has attended courses at the London School of Economics (1973) and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (1974).
Founder and Managing Director, White House Writers Group
Clark S. Judge is founder and managing director of the White House Writers Group, Inc. and an opinion journalist. He was a speechwriter in the Reagan White House.
As Managing Director of the White House Writers Group, he has advised some of the world's most prominent corporations in meeting their strategic and communications challenges in the U.S. and elsewhere. For political clients he has written many nationally televised speeches, primarily during presidential campaigns. He has provided communications advice in support of numerous cases before the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Judge served as Speechwriter and Special Assistant to both President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush. A member of the Moscow Summit speechwriting team, he was also the lead writer for the Toronto Economic Summit in 1988 and helped shape the White House approach to the 1988 presidential campaign. A Harvard MBA, Mr. Judge had administration assignments involving assessing the management of the government, urban policy and international economic policy before joining the White House staff.
As an opinion journalist, he has written extensively on U.S politics, the international financial crisis, health care reform, the current state of the U.S. and global economies, and global security issues. Among the publications in which his work has appeared are the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, NYTimes.com, USNews.com, Policy Review, National Review Online and Claremont Review of Books. He has been interviewed on major broadcast and cable news outlets including CBS, ABC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC and the BBC.
He lives in Washington, D.C, with his wife, Margo. They have a grown son.
Founder and President of The Institute of World Politics
John Lenczowski is founder and president of The Institute of World Politics, an independent graduate school of national security and international affairs in Washington, D.C. IWP is dedicated to developing leaders with a sound understanding of international realities and the ethical conduct of statecraft, based on knowledge and appreciation of American founding principles and the Western moral tradition. Offering five Master's degrees and eighteen certificate programs, IWP is the only academic institution dedicated to teaching all the arts of statecraft, including: military strategy, the art of diplomacy; public diplomacy, opinion formation, political warfare; intelligence, counterintelligence, economic strategy, and moral leadership, and how these arts are integrated into national strategy.
From 1981 to 1983 Dr. Lenczowski served in the State Department in the Bureau of European Affairs and as Special Advisor to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. From 1983 to 1987 he was Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council. In that capacity, he served as principal Soviet affairs adviser to President Reagan.
He has been associated with several academic and research institutions in the Washington area, including Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, the American Enterprise Institute, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Council for Inter-American Security, and the International Freedom Foundation. He has also served on a Congressional staff.
Dr. Lenczowski attended the Thacher School, earned his B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
He is the author of Soviet Perceptions of U.S. Foreign Policy (1982); The Sources of Soviet Perestroika (1990), Cultural Diplomacy: A Multi-faceted Strategic Asset of Soviet Power (1991); Full-Spectrum Diplomacy and Grand Strategy (2010) and numerous other writings and addresses on U.S. foreign policy, public diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, counter-propaganda, political warfare, Soviet/Russian affairs, comparative ideologies, intelligence, strategic deception, counterintelligence, and integrated strategy.
Dr. Lenczowski and his wife, Susan, have two children and live in Washington.
Christopher R. Lew
President and Co-Founder of Water Dragons Consulting, Senior China Policy Analyst at SAIC, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland University College, and Major in the United States Army Reserve
Christopher R. Lew specializes in Chinese politics, economics, military affairs, and history. His current work with Water Dragons Consulting involves navigating the Chinese political-economic landscape and networks through the use of advanced analytics while his support of U.S. Pacific Command through SAIC involves interpreting northeast Asian decision-making processes. As a part-time assistant professor at the University of Maryland University College, he teaches courses in modern East Asian history and contemporary China.
Previously, he served as a Principal Threat Intelligence Analyst at Mandiant, during which he participated in and co-authored the APT1 Report. He has also worked as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, a Senior Intelligence Analyst with the Department of Defense, and a Mandarin Chinese linguist for SMC Consulting. Chris previously taught part-time at the Eliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University in 2009.
In addition to his civilian work, Chris is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. He has served a combined 18 years in the active and reserve components. As an enlisted soldier, he served in the armor and public affairs fields, and, as an officer, he worked in the military intelligence branch. In 2005-06, Chris commanded the Analysis and Control Team of the 2/28th Brigade Combat Team in Ramadi, Iraq. During that time, he helped identify and establish the conditions for the Al Anbar Awakening, which served as a turning point in the campaign for western Iraq. Chris' most recent military tours have been with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and as a Defense Attaché at various embassies in the Asia-Pacific region.
He has authored two books, The Third Chinese Revolutionary Civil War: An Analysis of Communist Strategy and Leadership (2009) and the second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Chinese Civil War (2013). He also contributed various entries to China at War: An Encyclopedia and the Encyclopedia of Chinese History. In February 2013, he presented a groundbreaking look at Chinese Advanced Persistent Threats during the BSides cyber security conference held in San Francisco. He has also served as a panel chairman and presenter at various conferences held by the Society of Military History and Association of Asian Studies.
Chris has spent two years living abroad in the People's Republic of China (PRC) and has visited frequently over the last decade for work-related trips. In 1999, he was an English teacher in Changchun, China, and in 2000 he worked as a senior staff writer for the now defunct Beijing Scene, a weekly arts and culture magazine covering the avant garde in Beijing. He returned to China in 2003-04 as a visiting scholar at Nanjing University in order to conduct archival research. More recently, he participated in official trips to the PRC in 2007 and 2010 as part of his work for the U.S. government.
Chris received his Ph.D and M.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in the fields of Modern China, Late Imperial China, Modern Japan, and Military History. For his B.A., he attended Towson University and majored in History and English.
President, Radio Free Asia
Libby Liu was named president of RFA in September 2005 by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), following the retirement of RFA's founding president Richard Richter.
Ms. Liu provides strategic and operational direction to meet RFA's mission of providing balanced, objective news to listeners in East Asian countries where such news is unavailable. In addition to directing editorial and administrative policies and procedures, she coordinates issues in these areas with the BBG, the International Broadcasting Bureau, and other associated entities.
Ms. Liu served previously as vice president for administration and finance, from 2003-05.
As president, Ms. Liu's responsibilities include ensuring the highest quality administrative and technical support to the editorial staff. In this capacity, she works to facilitate effective, timely communication and broad-based collaboration among all divisions and bureaus.
Ms. Liu also provides strategic and operational direction to the Open Technology Fund, which is housed in RFA. The Open Technology Fund utilizes public funds to support Internet freedom projects that develop open and accessible technologies promoting human rights and open societies.
Prior to joining RFA, she served as director of administration and strategic planning at the Baltimore-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where she played a pivotal role in implementing the NAACP's Five-Year Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives.
Earlier, she served as director of human resources with the high-tech firm Spyrus Inc. based in San Jose, Calif., and as assistant district attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney's office, where she prosecuted felonies.
Ms. Liu's earlier positions in private practice-at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and at Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn in New York-focused on labor and employment law. From 1986-1989, Ms. Liu was a senior consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, now Price Waterhouse Coopers, in Washington, DC.
She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California-Berkeley, an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. A California native, Ms. Liu is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and she has traveled widely in East Asia.
Mackubin Thomas Owens
Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor
Dr. Owens is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, and editor of Orbis, FPRI's quarterly journal. He recently retired as Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. At the War College he specialized in the planning of US strategy and forces, especially naval and power projection forces; the political economy of national security; national security organization; strategic geography; and American civil-military relations. In addition to the NWC core course, he has taught electives on The American Founding, Strategy and Policy of the American Civil War, The Statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, Sea Power and Maritime Strategy, Strategy and Geography, and US Civil-Military Relations. From 1990 to 1997, Dr. Owens was Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly defense journal Strategic Review and Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Boston University.
Dr. Owens is the author of the FPRI monograph Abraham Lincoln: Leadership and Democratic Statesmanship in Wartime (2009) and US Civil-Military Relations after 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain (Continuum Press, January 2011) and coauthor of US Foreign and Defense Policy: The Rise of an Incidental Superpower (Georgetown University Press, spring 2015). He is also completing another book for the University Press of Kentucky tentatively titled Sword of Republican Empire: A History of US Civil-Military Relations. He is co-editor of the textbook, Strategy and Force Planning, now in its fourth edition, for which he also wrote several chapters, including "The Political Economy of National Security," "Thinking About Strategy," and "The Logic of Strategy and Force Planning."
Dr. Owens is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal. In addition, his articles on national security issues have appeared in International Security, Orbis, Joint Force Quarterly, The Public Interest, The Weekly Standard, The St. Louis Lawyer, Defence Analysis, US Naval Institute Proceedings, Marine Corps Gazette, Comparative Strategy, National Review, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor; The Los Angeles Times, the Jerusalem Post, The Washington Times, and The New York Post.
Before joining the faculty of the War College, Dr. Owens served as National Security Adviser to Senator Bob Kasten, Republican of Wisconsin, and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Nuclear Weapons Programs of the Department of Energy during the Reagan Administration. Dr. Owens is also a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, where as an infantry platoon and company commander in 1968-1969, he was wounded twice and awarded the Silver Star medal. He retired as a Colonel in 1994.
Dr. Owens earned his Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Dallas, a Master of Arts in Economics from Oklahoma University, and his BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has taught at the University of Rhode Island, the University of Dallas, Catholic University, Ashland University of Ohio, and the Marine Corps' School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW). He was also a visiting lecturer at Amherst College during the fall of 2011. He has been a program officer for the Smith Richardson Foundation, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses and a consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory; Plans Division, Headquarters Marine Corps; and J-5 Strategy, the Joint Staff. He is the recipient of the 2012 Andrew Goodpaster Prize for excellence in military scholarship for his book US Civil-Military Relations after 9/11 and was the 2013 Ira Eaker Distinguished Lecturer at the Air Force Academy.
President and Founder of Asia America Initiative
Albert Santoli is president and founder of the non-profit Asia America Initiative. In 2013 he was awarded the Order of the Golden Heart (Orden ng Gintong Puso) from Philippine President Benigno Aquino for creating "peace zones" in the most dangerous area of Southeast Asia. His professional skills are rooted in his background as a teenage combat- experienced soldier in conventional infantry and reconnaissance-intelligence units. He is a graduate of Naropa University in Colorado. He is a New York Times Best Selling and Pulitzer Prize nominated author for Everything We Had, Random House, 1981. He has been a foreign policy and national security advisor in the International Relations and Armed Services Committees of the US House of Representatives. He has been a Senior Fellow at Freedom House, a consultant on refugee protection at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, and an Advisory Board member of the White House Commission on Remembrance. During the Iraq War, he trained U.S. Marine Corps officers in cultural awareness at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia. He is a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans.
Charles R. Smith
Professor and Dean Emeritus, IWP
Dean of Academic Affairs, IWP, 2010-2012
Faculty Adviser, IWP-Oxford Study Abroad Program, 2012
Professor Emeritus, Marymount University
Faculty Ethics Fellow, Marymount University, 2005-06
First recipient of Marymount University's Faculty Honors Fellow Award, 2007
Four-time nominee for the Robert A. Draghi Award, Marymount University
Formerly military historian and research analyst for Data Memory Systems, Inc., a historical evaluation and research organization
Grant Proposal Reviewer, U.S. Institute of Peace
Member, American Political Science Association, Claremont Institute, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the History Society, and the Naval Institute.
Named to "Who's Who" among America's teachers 2003-2004, 2004-2005
Author of two battle narratives (on Stamford Bridge and Hastings) and contributor to Early Peoples of Britain and Ireland, An Encyclopedia (2008)
B.A., 1968, St. Francis College
M.A., 1973, The Catholic University of America
Ph.D., 1982, The Catholic University of America
David L. Thomas
Professor of Intelligence Studies
Former analyst, Soviet/Warsaw Pact Division, Foreign Intelligence Directorate, DIA
Analyst, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
Adjunct Professor, National Security Studies Program, Georgetown University (1987-1994)
Research Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (1981-1986)
Lecturer, National War College
Lecturer, National Defense University
Lecturer, Joint Military Intelligence College
Lecturer, Central Intelligence Agency
Michelle van Cleave
Senior Advisor to Jack Kemp Foundation
Michelle Van Cleave is Senior Advisor to the Jack Kemp Foundation and directs the Kemp Legacy Project. A lawyer and national security consultant in private life, she served as head of U.S. counterintelligence under President George W. Bush. Her first job in Washington DC was on Congressman Kemp's staff, where she was Defense and Foreign Policy Assistant to Chairman Kemp and the House Republican Conference. Subsequently she held other senior staff positions in the Congress (including staff director, Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information; Minority Counsel, House Science, Space and Technology Committee; and professional staff member, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations), at the Pentagon coordinating homeland defense policy in the aftermath of 9/11, and in the White House Science Office, where she served as Assistant Director and General Counsel under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Van Cleave sits on the Board of Directors of the Jamestown Foundation and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. She is a member of the bar of the State of California and the District of Columbia, and a Senior Fellow at George Washington University. She is a frequent guest lecturer at The Institute of World Politics. She received her J.D. at University of Southern California; M.A. University of Southern California; and her B.A. at University of Southern California.
Francis M. Vita
Former Special Agent, FBI
Mr. Vita is a native of Washington, DC having attended Gonzaga High School. He is a 1959 graduate of Holy Cross College with advanced degrees from The Catholic University of America in political science and from Central Michigan University in management.
Mr. Vita served as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1962 to 1986 specializing in counterespionage. His years of service include completion of Polish language course at the Defense Language School in Monterey, California and serving as the FBI's liaison with the National Security Agency. During these years he held a Top Secret clearance.
Following his retirement Mr. Vita was a contract investigator for the government until 2005 conducting personnel background investigations for new hires as well as reinvestigations for updated security clearances. He held a Secret clearance.
Since 2005, Mr. Vita has been a licensed professional Tour Guide specializing in the many historical features of the nation's capital.
He is a resident of Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Michelle Combs Watson
Vice President of Corporate Relations, IWP
Michelle Combs Watson currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Relations at The Institute of World Politics.
Michelle has over 17 years of Global Sales, Business Development, and Consulting experience in the IT, Telecommunications, and Networking industries.
Through strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills, Michelle developed a successful track record in establishing and maintaining relationships with CEO, CIO, CFO level executives. Creating strategic alliances with Networking partners such as Cisco Systems, and HP and thereby delivering innovative solutions tailored to client needs, Michelle created additional "outside the box" value while an executive for British Telecom plc. She excels in global contract negotiations, helping her teams understand "C" level motivators and decision making processes, and enabling growth of corporate revenues globally.
For almost 10 years, Michelle worked for BT's global network outsourcing groups. As Vice-President for BT Solutions, Michelle was responsible for leading North American and European based account teams and efforts partnering with AT&T Solutions on joint global network opportunities. With P&L responsibility in the Americas and European regions, her teams helped establish some of the largest initial global outsourcing agreements with companies such as General Motors, Citibank and Siemens. Michelle managed over 100 employees on three continents, in global virtual teams for business development, implementation and project management.
As a Deputy General Manager for BT Syncordia, Michelle was responsible for leading BT Solutions global teams in telecommunications sourcing business development in the High Technology sector in the US and Europe establishing relationships with global companies such as Microsoft, and Compaq/HP that were seeking to realize the value and financial gains from Network outsourcing strategies.
During Michelle's role as a SVP and co-founder of Virgil Inc., a private International Telecom Company located in Poland and San Francisco, CA, she was responsible for establishing agreements with the Polish Government, grew revenues substantially, and assisted in the sale of Virgil to Flamal, a diversified Polish company, seeking to enter the Polish telecommunication market.
Michelle began her Global Telecom Sales and Network Solutions experience working for various Cable & Wireless plc. with offices based in Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco, California; London, England; and Hong Kong.
Michelle holds a Master of Arts degree in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from The Institute of World Politics and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from UK in Lexington, KY. She studied Data Communications and International Business at Golden Gate University in San Francisco California and participated in many years of Strategic Negotiations, and Global Business Development training while at BT.
She continues to act as an advisor and consultant utilising her expertise and global contacts with executives of various organisations ranging from large multi-national clients, to mid-sized firms. Michelle is very experienced and available for Guest Speaking and Presentations to Business and Industry Leaders. She is also a published poet.
CW5 David Williams
Army Staff Senior Warrant Officer
Appointed on 14 March 2014 by the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA), CW5 Williams serves as the first Army Staff Senior Warrant Officer (ARSTAF SWO). As the ARSTAF SWO, he provides the CSA with subject matter expertise on all aspects of warrant officer training and development.
Prior to his selection as the ARSTAF SWO, CW5 Williams served in multiple broadening positions to include: Officer Education Branch Chief, HQDA G-3/5/7, Pentagon, Washington, D.C; Program Manager, Warrant Officer Training Programs and Chief, Army Training Requirements and Resources System, Leader Development Division, Human Resources Command, Alexandria, VA; Commander, 1st Warrant Officer Company; Small Group Instructor, Advanced Studies Branch, Warrant Officer Career College; and as the Senior Training, Advising, and Counseling (TAC) Officer at Fort Rucker, AL.
He completed the Warrant Officer Candidate School and Army Flight Training in 1987. As an Army Aviator, CW5 Williams served with the 237th Medical Detachment (Air Ambulance), Fort Ord, California; 17th Aviation Brigade, Korea; Commandant, Military District of Washington Air Assault School, 12th Aviation Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Executive Officer, C/159th Aviation Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Operations & Executive Officer, Fort Belvoir Regional Flight Center, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
His combat tours include serving as the Senior Warrant Officer and Warrant Officer Advisor to the Multi-National Force-Iraq Commanding General; Multi-National Corps-Iraq Tactical Operations Officer, and Aviation Tactical Operations Officer for the Operational Support Airlift Command.
CW5 Williams is a graduate of the Fixed-Wing Qualification Course, CH-47D Aircraft Qualification Course, Rotary Wing Instrument Flight Examiner Course, Tactical Operations Course, Naval Post-Graduate School Safety Officer Course, UH-1 Instructor Pilot Course, Warrant Officer Staff Course, Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
CW5 Williams entered active duty with the United States Army in July 1977. During his tenure as an enlisted Soldier, he served as a Personnel Administrative Specialist, Medical Specialist, and Counterintelligence Special Agent.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLCs); Air Medal; Army Commendation Medal (6 OLCs); Joint Service Achievement Medal; Army Achievement Medal (4 OLCs); Army Good Conduct Medal, Third Award; National Defense Service Medal, Second Award; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Service Ribbon with Numeral Two; Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Ribbon with Numeral Three. He is also authorized to wear the Department of the Army Staff Identification Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, Master Army Aviator Badge, Path Finder Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.