Anne C. Armstrong

Anne C. Armstrong is currently the Deputy Director of the National Guard Educational Foundation and manages the National Guard Memorial Museum and Library. She is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Storm and was a member of the D.C. National Guard on 9/11/01. She earned her Master’s Degree on the Eastern Shore in history and later earned a Juris Doctorate with a specialty in the history of American law.

Lieutenant Colonel Jason A. Charland

LTC Charland is currently assigned to Department of the Army, G3/5/7, DAMO-SSO.  As a Strategist and branch chief in SSO, LTC Charland leads the Army-wide planning effort for the Regionally Aligned Forces strategy.  Prior to his current assignment LTC Charland served as the Chief of Future Plans at US Army Africa/ SETAF where he wrote or led the development of several critical plans and concepts.  During JTF Odyssey Guard, (established for DoD actions in Libya) LTC Charland served as the J5 and, as such, led the development of the Security Sector Reform campaign plan designed to partner with Libya for long-term security in the region.  While deployed in Iraq, he served as the Deputy Chief and lead liaison officer (CJ9, MNF-I) to the Iraqi Higher Electoral Commission, the UN, and US Interagency organizations for provincial elections.   Other recent assignments have been at US Army Europe as a planner/strategist and at West Point as an Associate Professor in the Department of Military Instruction.  

LTC Charland was commissioned from USMA in 1993 as an Armor officer.  From here, he went on to serve in various armor units as a Battalion S4, executive officer, and company commander.  He is a school-trained Army strategist and has counter-denial and deception training through the National Defense Intelligence University.

  • M.S. National Defense Intelligence College
  • M.A. University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S. United States Military Academy

Timothy B. Curry

Timothy Brian Curry is the Deputy Director for Counter Terrorism Policy in the Office of Policy at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  In this capacity he works on policy topics that include terrorist travel, foreign fighter facilitation, countering violent extremism, human smuggling and trafficking, and other threats as they arise.  Mr. Curry has been recognized for his efforts receiving the 2012 DHS Thought Leadership Award and several Distinguished Services Awards over his tenure at DHS.  He has spoken at conferences hosted by the European Commission, academic institutions, private sector and government agencies in the U.S. and Europe on countering violent extremism, foreign fighter facilitation, counter terrorism and Somalia.  Prior to his work at DHS Mr. Curry worked as a Program Coordinator for the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  Mt. Curry’s work focused on areas such as critical infrastructure protection, cyber security, emerging technologies, space as well as homeland and national security.

Before working at CSIS Mr. Curry lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland where he worked for Weber Shandwick Worldwide and taught American Politics at Queen’s University Belfast.  This was after working in Congress for Senator Edward M. Kennedy and at the Irish Institute of Boston College.  Mr. Curry received a Masters with merit in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen’s University in Belfast, and a B.A. cum laude in Theology with a minor in Art History from Boston College.  His Masters dissertation was a comparative analysis of the IRA and Hezbollah and his undergraduate Scholar of the College project focused on the role of religion in conflict.  Mr. Curry is a member of the Clover Club of Boston and is on the Board of Directors of the Washington Ireland Program, Welles Remy Crowther Memorial Trust and the Belfast Beltway Boxing Project.

  • M.A. Queen’s University in Belfast
  • B.A. Boston College

Peter J. Duffy

Retired Col. Peter J. Duffy was named Director of Legislation for NGAUS in June 2013, having previously served as Acting Director and Deputy Director of Legislation and Joint Programs since Jan. 2007. He administers NGAUS legislative staff operations. He also manages all NGAUS strategic lobbying efforts for National Guard.

Duffy is a retired Army JAG Colonel who served as the Judge Advocate for the New Hampshire Army National Guard until his retirement in 2005. He retired from his law practice in Manchester, N.H., to join NGAUS after 30 years as a civil litigator. He is admitted to the bar in California and New Hampshire.

Duffy spent his active duty years in the Federal Republic of Germany as a defense counsel, legal assistance officer and counsel to the tri-service Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board.

  • J.D. University of California at Davis
  • M.A. United States Army War College
  • B.A. Stanford University

David Glancy

Dr. David Glancy, currently a professor at IWP, 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.

  • Ph.D. 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
  • B.A. University of Michigan, Dearborn

Randall Fort

Randall M. Fort is director of Corporate Programs Security for Raytheon. He joined the Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance leadership team in July 2009. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. Raytheon’s global headquarters is in Waltham, Mass.

In his leadership role, Fort is responsible for partnering with Raytheon’s customer community to elevate programs security as a strategic business enabler. Fort’s enterprise guidance ensures the integration of information, systems and people with customers so that our products and capabilities provide value worldwide. He is knowledgeable in the essential coordination of physical and cyber security, a key discriminator for delivering comprehensive solutions for customers and for protecting Raytheon products and systems.

Prior to Raytheon, Fort was employed at the U.S. State Department as the assistant secretary of state for Intelligence and Research, from 2006 to 2009. He managed the production and dissemination of all-source intelligence analysis for the secretary of state and other senior policymakers. Fort headed the department’s Cyber Policy Group and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research – a member of the U.S. intelligence community.

Before his U.S. State Department appointment, Fort was director of Global Security for Goldman Sachs, from 1996 to 2006, where he was responsible for all aspects of physical security risk management, including investigations, travel safety, executive protection, risk analysis, access control, perimeter protection and security technology. He also served as chief of staff to the president and co-chief operating officer of the firm. From 1993 to 1996, Fort was director of Special Projects at TRW, Inc. for two of the corporation’s Space and Defense operating groups.

Fort’s private sector experience was preceded by 11 years of additional service in the U.S. government. He served as the deputy assistant secretary for Functional Analysis and Research in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State from 1989 to 1993. He was also the special assistant to the secretary for National Security and director of the Office of Intelligence Support at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 1987 to 1989. Prior to moving to Treasury, he served as a professional staff member, first as assistant director and subsequently as deputy executive director, of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board at the White House from 1982 to 1987.

  • B.A. George Washington University

Paul A. Goble

Paul A. Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. While there, he launched the “Window on Eurasia” series. Prior to joining the faculty there in 2004, he served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He writes frequently on ethnic and religious issues and has edited five volumes on ethnicity and religion in the former Soviet space. Trained at Miami University in Ohio and the University of Chicago, he has been decorated by the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for his work in promoting Baltic independence and the withdrawal of Russian forces from those formerly occupied lands.

  • M.A. University of Chicago
  • B.A. Miami University

Adam Harrison

Adam “Jay” Harrison is a Defense and Intelligence Community professional specializing in rapid product and process innovation. During his 10-year career as a military and civilian employee of the Department of Defense (1997-2006), his programs achieved the distinction of being awarded an unprecedented three consecutive Army Greatest Invention awards (2004 – 2006) for their contributions to technology innovation in the public sector.

In 2006, Jay founded Mav6, LLC, an aerospace and defense technology company established to serve as a focal point for harvesting commercial technology innovations in support of emerging defense and intelligence capability shortfalls. As Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer, he led Mav6 to generate over $120 million in annual revenues in less than five years and in the process earn three consecutive Inc. 500 recognitions (2010-2012) as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the US. In 2011, Popular Science Magazine identified his initiative, the M1400 airship, as one of the 100 Best Innovations of the Year, and he received recognition as the 2012 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Gulf Coast region. In March 2014, Jay was named by President Gordon Gee of the West Virginia University as the inaugural director of the Center for Smart Defense, a non-profit research collaborative that aligns R&D in academia and industry with unmet needs in the national security and public safety communities.


  • M.A. Naval War College
  • M.S. University of Florida
  • B.A. University of Memphis


G. Philip Hughes

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.  He serves, among other roles, as Senior Vice President and Secretary of the Council of American Ambassadors and as a Board member and Treasurer of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. Ambassador Hughes was awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 1985.

  • M.P.A. JFK School of Government, Harvard University
  • M.A. The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • B.A. University of Dayton

John L. Kallerson

Chaplain (LTC) John L. Kallerson was born in San Pedro, California, into an Army Family. He grew up throughout the United States and Europe. Chaplain Kallerson was commissioned a 2LT as an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate in 1983. Chaplain Kallerson’s seminary education included studies in Strasbourg, France at the Ecumenical Research Institute and in Israel at the Jerusalem Biblical Institute.

His duty assignments as an Army Combat Arms Officer included: Platoon Leader for three units, Executive Officer, and Aide-de-Camp in the 82D Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC; 1st Special Operations Command and 7th Special Forces Group, Central America;  A/3-12 and A/4-7 Cavalry Troop Commander,   G-3 Training, 3rd Armored Division, Germany; Exchange Officer, Canadian Army; and the Armor Captains Assignment Officer, PERSCOM, Military District of Washington.

Chaplain Kallerson’s military education includes the Air Defense Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Ranger School, Jumpmaster School,  Armor Officer Advance Course, Cavalry Leaders Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Canadian Land Forces Command and General Staff College, Chaplain Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Chaplain Clinical Pastoral Education Advanced Program, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Chaplain LTC Course, and the resident Army War College as a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Institute of World Politics. His chaplain clinical training includes CPE residencies at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Medical College of Georgia, Veterans Hospital, Augusta, Georgia, Harvard Medical School’s Mind Body Institute Clinical Training, the Army Post-Graduate Spirituality and Medicine Program, John Hopkins Institute for Spirituality and Medicine, and Duke University Spirituality Research and Medicine Program.

Chaplain Kallerson was ordained as an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor, spent four years serving as a Vicar and Assistant Pastor at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Lexington, South Carolina and then re-entered active duty in the Army Chaplaincy. His chaplain assignments include 3-504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82D Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC; 201st and 202nd Military Intelligence Battalions, 513th MI Brigade (INSCOM), Ft. Gordon, GA; Senior Chaplain Clinician, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; 2d Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Chaplain, 4th Infantry Division, Ft. Carson, CO; Deputy TRADOC Command Chaplain, Ft. Monroe, Virginia, and Division Chaplain, 10th Mountain Division, Ft. Drum, NY. His follow on assignment is in the Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Washington, D.C. Throughout his thirty years of service, Chaplain Kallerson has served in Central America, Haiti, Canada, Germany, Central Asia, Kosovo, the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  Chaplain Kallerson has earned 42 military awards and decorations, the Master Parachutist Badge; Ranger Tab; Canadian Airborne Badge and the Russian Parachutist Badge.

  • M. Div. Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
  • B.S. Jacksonville State University

John Lenczowski

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 three Master’s degrees and eight 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.

  • Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • M.A. Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley

Christopher Lew

Christopher Lew is a Senior China Policy Analyst for SAIC in support of U.S. Pacific Command. He also currently works part-time as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland University College teaching East Asian History. As a Major in the Army Reserve, his current assignment is to support U.S. embassies in the Asia-Pacific region as a reserve defense attaché. He has conducted various active duty tours including a combat tour in Ramadi, Iraq and diplomatic postings in Malaysia and New Zealand. Previously, he served as a Principal Threat Intelligence Analyst at Mandiant specializing in Chinese cyber threats; an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton focused on Chinese military modernization, supply chains, and cyber threats; and a Senior Intelligence Analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

His current research focuses on Chinese military history and strategic thought from the revolution to the present with a focus on the impact of military cliques, party politics, military modernization, and traditional strategic views on contemporary Chinese society. He has presented and published his work in a number of venues including at the 2010 Association of Asian Scholars conference, Mandiant blog posts, and various academic encyclopedias and dictionaries. In 2009, Christopher authored a book on Communist strategy and leadership during the Chinese Civil War and, in 2013, co-authored the Mandiant APT1 report exposing Chinese government complicity in cyber espionage.

  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A. University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. Towson University

Tania C. Mastrapa

Tania C. Mastrapa is the Research Professor in Cuban and Latin American Studies at the Institute of World Politics (IWP). Dr. Mastrapa specializes in property reform and rights as well as transitional justice. Her academic and research interests include exile studies and immigration to and from Latin America. She is also the Director of the Office of Professional Affiliations at IWP which manages partnerships with the national and international security community. She oversees the U.S. Army War College Fellows at IWP and directs the professional advancement training initiatives Frontiers: Program in American Strategy and Statecraft and the Strategic Fellows Program.

Dr. Mastrapa is the founder of Mastrapa Consultants, a firm that focuses on the areas of privatization and confiscated property in Cuba. She has published on property reform, looted artworks, foreign investment in Communist countries and secret police operations.

  • Ph.D. Graduate School of International Studies, University of Miami
  • M.A.L.D. The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • B.S. The Carroll School of Management, Boston College

Tidal McCoy

Tidal McCoy is the founder of Washington Capital Partners.  Mr. McCoy has enjoyed a thirty-year career spanning active military service, Presidential-appointed government positions, and senior executive experience within the aerospace and defense industry. Prior to forming WCP, Ty served as Senior Vice President for Government Relations at Thiokol, now Alliant Techsystems Inc. (NYSE: ATK). From 1981 to 1989, Ty held several Presidential-appointed positions within the government, culminating in his role as Acting Secretary of the Air Force in 1988. From 1979-1981, Ty served as Assistant for National Security Affairs to Senator Jake Garn of Utah and, in 1977, served as the Scientific Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Engineering, and Systems. He was Staff Assistant and later Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from 1973-77. He served on the National Security Council staff, Executive Office of the President, in 1973; and he was a member of the long-range planning and net assessment group in the office of the Secretary of Defense, 1972 to 1973. Ty served as a combat unit commander in Germany and Vietnam and as an intelligence officer with DIA, CIA, and NSA.

He serves on several corporate and non-profit Boards of Directors and is currently Chairman of the Board of the Space Transportation Association of the United States. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Cyber, Space, and Intelligence Association.

  • M.S. Business Financial Management
  • B.S. United States Military Academy at West Point

Kenneth P. Moorefield

As the Deputy Inspector General for Special Plans and Operations, DoD Office of Inspector General, Ambassador Moorefield leads an office dedicated to enabling informed, timely decision-making by DoD and Congressional leaders by conducting assessment oversight projects that address priority national security missions and congressionally-mandated objectives. Before this most recent appointment, Ambassador Moorefield served from December 2005 to May 2007 as senior State Department representative on the Iraq/Afghanistan Transition Planning Group, a joint Department of State and Department of Defense team, that provided analysis and recommendations for coordinating efforts to address security, governance and economic transition challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Having attained the Foreign Service rank of Career Minister, he was sworn in as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe on April 2, 2002. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Ambassador Moorefield served 30 years in the U.S. military, foreign, and civil services. During his Foreign Service career, he held senior management and staff positions at the U.S. Embassies in Vietnam, Peru, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, France, and with the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels.

As an Army infantry officer, he served two combat tours in Vietnam and also in the Dominican Republic “intervention”. After military service in Vietnam, as eventual National Director, he helped organize the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program, an innovative federal and private sector initiative that raised funding nationwide and mobilized other necessary resources to support the reintegration of our veterans back into American society with jobs, medical care and community recognition.   

Among his military and civilian awards and decorations are the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars for Valor and two for Service, a Purple Heart, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, two State Department Superior Honor Awards, including for heroism during the final evacuation of US Embassy-Saigon in 1975; two Presidential Meritorious Honor Awards; and three Awards for excellence from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.

  • Georgetown School of Foreign Service
  • United States Military Academy at West Point

Kemal Okudo

Mr. Okudo has over 24 years’ cumulative and diversified Executive and Operational‐ level experience in Banking, Telecommunications, Logistics, Industrial Security, and National Security Consulting. During his career, he has won awards as a banker; pioneered, designed and supervised the Logistics and Security functions at one of Nigeria’s largest telephone companies (currently with over 30 million subscribers); and consulted for various National Governments and Global Corporations in different areas of National Security. Mr. Okudo is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) of ASIS International; a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies; National Security Policy Roundtable, Washington, DC; a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Industrial Security; a Fellow of the Logistics Society of Nigeria; as well as a member of other notable professional associations in the world. His recent Consulting activities have focused entirely on National Security.

  • M.A. Institute of World Politics
  • M.B.A. IESE Business School, University of Navarra
  • B.A. University of Navarra

S. Eugene Poteat

S. Eugene (Gene) Poteat is a retired senior CIA Scientific Intelligence Officer. He is President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO). He was educated as an electrical engineer and physicist. His career in intelligence included work with U-2 and SR-71 class of aircraft and various space and naval reconnaissance systems. He also managed the CIA’s worldwide network of monitoring sites. He holds patents on covert communications techniques. His CIA assignments included the Directorate of Science and Technology, the National Reconnaissance Office, Technical Director of the Navy’s Special Programs Office and Executive Director of the Intelligence Research and Development Council. He served abroad in London, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Asia. He received the CIA’s Medal of Merit and the National Reconnaissance Office’s Meritorious Civilian Award for his technological innovations.

  • B.S. The Citadel
  • M.A. Institute of World Politics

John J. Quattrocki

Prof. John J. Quattrocki currently serves as a Vice President at CACI’s National Solutions Group. An expert on U.S. national security, Prof. Quattrocki is retired from the Senior Executive Service with 22 years of operational and policy experience. His work has focused on Russia, the countries of the (former) Warsaw Pact, East Asia, Islamic extremist groups, and domestic terrorist threats.

He has ten years of experience in national security policy development and implementation at the Senior Executive level on the National Security Council staff, where he served as a policy advisor to the National Security Advisor, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and the NSC. In this role, he worked on counterintelligence policy, intelligence policy for the Global War on Terrorism, intelligence and security policy in homeland security matters, U.S. government policy in matters of classification and declassification, and U.S. intelligence community transformation and re-engineering.

  • B.S. Northern Illinois University

Otto Juan Reich

Otto Juan Reich is President of Otto Reich Associates, LLC, of Washington, D.C., a consulting firm which provides international government relations, trade and investment advice to US and multinational clients. In 2001, President George W. Bush selected Ambassador Reich to be the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, reporting to Secretary of State Colin Powell, where he served until 2002. He then became President Bush’s Special Envoy for Western Hemisphere Initiatives, reporting to Dr. Condoleezza Rice in the National Security Council. He left government service in June 2004.

From 1989 to 2001, Ambassador Reich was a private consultant, advising clients on international government relations, market access and strategic planning, first as a partner in the Brock Group and later as President of his own consulting firm. In 1991 and 1992, as a private citizen and at the request of President George H. W. Bush, Ambassador Reich served as Alternate U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

In the 1980’s, Reich received three appointments from President Ronald Reagan: From 1986 to 1989 he served as U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, for which he was awarded the highest commendations of both the State Department and the Republic of Venezuela. As Special Advisor to the Secretary of State from 1983 to 1986, he directed the Office of Public Diplomacy for Latin America and the Caribbean, which received the Department’s Meritorious Honor Award. From 1981 to 1983, he was Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in charge of U.S. economic assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean.

His prior experience includes service as Washington Director of the Council of the Americas; Community Development Coordinator for the City of Miami; International Representative of the State of Florida Department of Commerce; and staff assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. His military service (1966 – 1969) included duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army’s 3rd Civil Affairs Group (Airborne), Panama Canal Zone.

From 1998 to 2001, Reich was co-host of CNN International’s “Choque de Opiniones,” a Spanish-language version of CNN’s “Crossfire.” He appears regularly on U.S. and Latin American media.

  • M.A. Georgetown University
  • B.A. University of North Carolina

Albert Santoli

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.

John B. Sheldon

John B. Sheldon, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the George C. Marshall Institute in Arlington, VA, a think-tank committed to conducting technical assessments of scientific issues with an impact on public policy. Dr. Sheldon is also the founder and owner of the Torridon Group LLC, a consulting firm that focuses on providing policy and strategy support on space and cyber security issues. He is a former British diplomat and currently a Senior Fellow in Global Security Studies at the Munk School on Global Affairs at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Prior to his current positions, Dr. Sheldon was Professor of Space and Cyberspace Strategic Studies at the U.S. Air Force’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. For over six years Dr. Sheldon directed and taught the National Security Space course, and founded, directed, and taught the Intelligence, Information, and Cyberspace course, at SAASS.

Dr. Sheldon is also the founding co-editor (now Emeritus) of the peer-reviewed space policy journal Astropolitics, and has authored numerous chapters, studies, and op-eds on national security space policy, cyber warfare, arms control, and other strategic issues

  • Ph.D. University of Reading
  • M.A. University of Hull
  • B.A. University of Hull

Charles R. Smith


S. John Tsagronis

S. John Tsagronis is Senior Adviser for the Special Operations Integration Group of U.S. Special Operations Command/National Capital Region (SOCOM/NCR). He is also Professor of Statecraft and National Security Affairs at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. where he teaches graduate courses on the U.S. National Security Policy Process, on the uniquely American approach to counterinsurgency, on Emerging Threats and U.S. National Security Strategy, and on Cyber Statecraft.

Prof. Tsagronis was a Senior Principal at SRA International, a company which provides technology and services to support homeland security, defense, and global health. He was formerly Vice President and Director for National Security Strategy and Execution Support in the Defense Solutions Group of SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) in McLean, Virginia.  He joined SAIC from the White House, where he was the Senior Director for Policy Implementation and Execution on the National Security Council Staff.  In that capacity, he reported directly to the National Security Adviser and Deputy National Security Adviser on a broad range of issues at the nexus of policy development and operational planning.  He was responsible for a new NSC strategic review and management process that monitored performance against our national security objectives, and he conducted a two-year review of the overall performance of the U.S. national security system on behalf of the former National Security Adviser, a summary report of which was prepared for the transition and General Jones.

Immediately prior to joining the NSC Staff, he was the Senior Director for Security Programs in the State Department’s Bureau for Foreign Assistance where he managed the political-military portfolio together with representatives from State, Defense and the Joint Staff.  Previously, he served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development where he was responsible for the policy and program oversight of the Agency’s efforts in the global war on terrorism, coordination on counterinsurgency policy with other U.S. Government officials, and liaison with international donors on matters of interest to U.S. national security.

Before joining President Bush’s Administration in December 2001, Mr. Tsagronis spent 17 years providing analytical and policy support to the Department of Defense and the U.S. Intelligence Community on counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, asymmetric warfare, and homeland security from various positions he held in the private sector, academic and think tank communities.  His work in counterinsurgency these last 25 years has brought him to nearly 50 countries ranging from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Philippines, Nepal, Cambodia, Colombia and Peru.

  • H.B. Earhart Scholar, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • B.S. Bates College

Michelle van Cleave

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.

  • J.D. University of Southern California
  • M.A. University of Southern California
  • B.A. University of Southern California

Nathalie I. Vogel

Nathalie Vogel joined the Kosciuszko Chair at The Institute of World Politics as a fellow in fall 2013, where she conducts a project on Cossack military history. Ms. Vogel is a German political scientist who has dedicated her career to the defense and the promotion of democracy and democratic movements around the world.

Ms. Vogel was born in a White Russian émigré family, to a French father and a mother of Cossack origin. She was raised in France and studied in Iceland, Germany and Austria. She is a graduate of the Institute of Political Sciences of the University of Innsbruck. Until 2005, she taught international relations at the University of Bonn, Germany. She served as a project officer and consultant for youth and civil society at the NATO Office in Moscow (2005/06).  Ms. Vogel is a political consultant for youth branches of political parties and student movements in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Latin America. She is an advisor to several think tanks in Central Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caucasus.

Her main fields of expertise are intercultural communication and grassroots movements in challenging environments. She also specialized in the studies of far Left and far Right extremism in Germany and Austria. Ms. Vogel is a passionate linguist, reader and traveler. She serves as a reserve officer in the German Air Force and works at the George Shultz National Affairs Training Center (FSI).

Mike Waite

Retired Missouri National Guard Colonel Mike Waite joined NGAUS as Deputy Legislative Director April 2014. He assists the Director of Legislation in managing legislative staff operations in lobbying, coalition building and outreach. In addition, he advises the NGAUS leadership on congressional strategies, including a broad range of policy and program areas.

Mike served 28 years of military service starting in the Missouri Army National Guard as an enlisted field artillery repairman, commissioned as a Regular Army Armor/Cavalry Lieutenant serving overseas, ten years as a drilling Guardsman, retiring as a Colonel of Military Police in 1998. His assignments have included platoon leader, battalion intelligence S-2 officer, company commander, ROTC instructor, senior Army staff officer at the Pentagon, with his final assignment as the Senior Legislative Advisor to the Director of the Army National Guard at the National Guard Bureau.

Waite has extensive experience on Capitol Hill as well. He served as Military Legislative Assistant to US Representative G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery in the US Congress. For the past sixteen years, before joining NGAUS, he has worked as a registered lobbyist working with the nationally known lobbying firm, The Livingston Group, in Washington, DC, during which time he established his own government relations and business development firm.

Waite holds a BS degree in Agriculture Business from Missouri State University and is an honor graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. He is a life member in the following military organizations: The Missouri and Tennessee National Guard Associations, Reserve Officer’s Association, Association of the US Army, Military Officers Association of America, and The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the US.

David Williams

Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) Williams is currently the Army Staff (ARSTAF) Senior Warrant Officer. He 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 a Counterintelligence Special Agent. His enlisted assignments include: Personnel Actions Clerk, 4th Adjutant General Company, Fort Carson, Colorado; Flight Medic NCOIC, 247th Medical Detachment (Air Ambulance), Fort Irwin, California; Terrorist Threat Analysis Team Chief, 501st Military Intelligence (MI) Group, Korea; and Special Agent-in-Charge, Fort Meade Military Intelligence Detachment, 902nd Military Intelligence Group, Fort Meade, Maryland.

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.

CW5 Williams also served as the Commander and as the Senior Training, Advising and Counseling (TAC) Officer at the Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS); Small Group Instructor (SGI), Advanced Studies Branch, Warrant Officer Career College, Fort Rucker, Alabama; Program Manager, Warrant Officer Training Programs and Chief, Army Training Requirements and Resources System, Leader Development Division, Human Resources Command, Alexandria, Virginia; and Officer Education System (OES) Branch Chief, HQDA G-3/5/7, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

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, and the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course.

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.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLCs); Air Medal; Army Commendation Medal with (6 OLCs); Joint Service Achievement Medal; Army Achievement Medal with (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: Department of the Army Staff Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, Master Army Aviator Badge, Path Finder Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

Joseph R. Wood

Mr. Wood was a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. from 2008 until 2012 and worked at BAE Systems, Inc. from 2011 until 2012.  From 2005 until 2008, he was Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, with responsibility for all policy involving Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and defense issues.

He is a retired Air Force colonel, and his career included operational and command fighter assignments in Korea and Europe; faculty duty in the Department of Political Science at the Air Force Academy where he taught U.S. foreign and defense policy; service at the Pentagon as speech writer for the Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force; two years as Special Advisor for Europe in the Office of the Vice President; and temporary assignments in the Joint Staff, the U.S. Mission to the Conventional Forces in Europe Talks in Vienna, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and NATO SHAPE Headquarters in Mons, Belgium.  After retiring from the Air Force, he was appointed a member of the career Senior Executive Service at NASA Headquarters.  He later worked in the RAND Corporation’s Washington office. 

  • M.A. JFK School of Government, Harvard University
  • Joint Defense College [Collège interarmées de Défense]
  • U.S. Air Force Academy