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Jomana Amara
Ph.D, Economics, University of Houston, 2004
Jomana Amara, Ph.D., P.E., is Professor of economics at the Defense Resources Management Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Amara earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Master in Industrial Engineering and Ph.D. in Economics. Dr. Amara was employed with Shell Oil before joining the Naval Postgraduate School. She currently researches and publishes on international economics, defense economics, health economics, and the economics of the public sector. Dr. Amara teaches in such areas as economics, defense economics, human capital development, cost analysis, strategic planning, performance management and budgeting and decision analysis.. Dr. Amara is the author of the forthcoming book Economic Development and Post Conflict Reconstruction and co-editor of Military Medicine: From Pre-Deployment to Post-Separation. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Amara is a member of the American Economic Association (AEA), Inter-University Seminar on the Armed Forces and Society (IUS), and the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). She was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Honor and Achievement of Civilians with the Department of Defense.

Contact:, or (831) 656-3591

Laura Armey
Associate Professor
PhD, Political Economics & Public Policy, USC, 2008

LAURA ARMEY, Assistant Professor, received a B.A. in Anthropology (2004), a B.A. and M.A. in Economics (2004) and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy (2008) from the University of Southern California. Dr. Armey previously worked as an analyst at the Cost Analysis and Program Evaluation division of the Office of the Secretary Defense, where she provided economic analysis for defense policy making. One  area of her research focuses on the political and economic factors that affect post-war reconstruction and other outcomes of conflicts.  An additional area of her research focuses on the impact of combat exposure on the economic outcomes of service members.  In addition, she has worked on analysis of telecommunications markets and the impact of communication technology in developing countries both at DRMI and as a Post-Doctoral research fellow for the Institute for Communications Technology at the University of Southern California.  Dr. Armey joined the DRMI faculty in August of 2010.

Curriculum Vitae (in .PDF format)

Contact:, or (831) 656-2072

Kathleen Bailey
Research Associate
MA, Naval Postgraduate School, 2011

Kathleen S. Bailey, Faculty Associate-Research, received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Environmental Studies from Alfred University in 2001, her Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now the Middlebury Institute of International Studies) in 2005, and her Master of Arts in Security Studies: Western Hemisphere from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2011. Her Security Studies thesis employed an econometric model and examined whether Sino-Brazilian trade and investment significantly influenced Brazil's voting affinity in the United Nations General Assembly. She has published in The DISAM Journal of International Security Assistance Management and in Security and Defense Studies Review. Ms. Bailey joined the Defense Resources Management Institute in June 2004, receiving a promotion to Faculty Associate-Research in January 2006. Ms. Bailey is earning her Ph.D. in Public Affairs, with an emphasis on environmental policy and management, at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs in Denver, CO.


Peter Bertelsen
MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Management, 2001

Peter D. Bertelsen, Lecturer, earned his BA in History from the University of California, San Diego (1992) and his MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (2001). He came to NPS in 2010 as an Education Associate with the U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC) Program Office where he developed and managed security cooperation programs (workshops and short courses) engaging NPS faculty to address U.S. Combatant Command (COCOM) objectives in partner countries. He has participated in the delivery of partner capacity building and defense institution building programs in: Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Moldova, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, and Uzbekistan. Prior to government service, he spent more than 15 years in program development and project management roles, most recently with a regional economic development corporation in southwestern Montana, where he managed multi-million dollar community development revolving loan funds and a consulting program focused on assisting high growth potential organizations with planning and strategy development. Having lived in both Spain and Denmark, he is conversant in Spanish and Danish. Peter joined the DRMI faculty in October 2013.

Contact:, or (831) 656-3827

Douglas Burton
Senior Lecturer
MS, Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School, 1993

Douglas Burton, Senior Lecturer, earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy (1985), an M.S. in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School (1993) and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (2001). During 33 years of service in the United States Navy, Doug was designated as a Naval Aviator (1986), then Aircraft Commander for Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) SH-2F (Sea Sprite) and SH-60B (Sea Hawk) helicopters operating from Frigates, Destroyers and Cruisers. His deployments included Operations Earnest Will, Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. Commander Burton retired from the U.S. Navy on 1 June 2013, after serving in assignments that included LAMPS Officer in Charge, LAMPS Squadron Maintenance Officer, Force Structure Analyst for the Chief of Naval Operations (N81), Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District Chicago, Director of Coalition Campaign Analysis for U.S. Fifth Fleet, Lead Analyst for U.S. Second Marine Division Forward (Anbar Province, Iraq), Military Associate Professor of Operations Research, and Chair of Applied Systems Analysis at Naval Postgraduate School. He earned a Bronze Star from the U.S. Marine Corps for exceptionally meritorious service as a combat analyst (2007), 4 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Navy Commendation Medals and many service and campaign awards.  Doug’s research interest is centered on applied Decision Science that includes Probability, Statistics, Optimization, Risk Management, and Simulation. After retirement from the U.S. Navy, Doug joined Sabre Global as a Senior Principal, Operations Research and subsequently joined the Defense Resources and Management Team in January 2017.

LCDR Jeremy Duke
Lecturer - USN
MBA, Naval Postgraduate School, 2017

Jeremy Duke, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, Lecturer, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Touro University (2004) and his MBA in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School (2017). Lieutenant Commander Duke first entered the Navy as an Enlisted Hospital Corpsman (Navy Medic), he did this for eight years prior to being commissioned through Officer Candidate School as a Naval Supply Corps Officer. He has served as head of the Supply Department onboard USS ARDENT (MCM 12), USS CHIEF (MCM-14) and USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58), he also completed a tour on the USNS SACAGAWEA (T-AKE-2) as the Assistant officer in charge. He has six sea service deployments to the Mediterranean, and Persian Gulf. In 2009 he was selected to augment the Army as a Contracting Officer to Iraq, where he wrote contracts in support of combat operations in both Balad Air Base and COB Speicher.   His tour prior to NPS and DRMI he was sent on exchange to Royal Navy (UK) through the Personnel exchange Program as a course instructor for the basic Logistic Officer course at Defense Maritime Logistics School.  Here he taught basic Naval Logistics to newly commissioned Logistics Officers, with an emphasis on U.S. aircraft carrier logistics in order to prepare new logistics officer for the upcoming new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier.  His personal decorations include the Joint Commendation Medal (Two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Five awards), and various campaign and unit commendations. LCDR Duke joined DRMI in January 2018.

James Fan
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2017

James Fan received a B.A. in Economics (2009) from Vanderbilt University, a M.A. in Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University (2016), and a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a focus in Supply Chain and Information Systems from Pennsylvania State University (2017). Prior to joining DRMI in 2018, Dr. Fan was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include behavioral economics and behavioral operations, laboratory and field experiments with decision-makers and organizations, and decision analysis for procurement and defense acquisitions.

Ryan Garcia
Assistant Professor
Ph.D, Political Science, Yale, 2011

Ryan Garcia, Assistant Professor, received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. Prior to joining DRMI in August of 2016, Dr. Garcia was a faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a research fellow at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events. His research interests include Decision Analysis, Program Evaluation, Civil-Military Relations, and Civic Engagement. He currently serves as an officer in the United States Army Reserve.

Elizabeth Gooch
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2014

ELIZABETH GOOCH, Assistant Professor, earned her B.A. in Mathematics-Economics (2005) from Agnes Scott College and Ph.D. in Economics (2014) from Georgia State University in Atlanta GA. Dr. Gooch previously held an economic research position at the U.S. Department of Agriculture focused on China-U.S. agricultural trade. Her research focuses on development economics, economic history, and microeconometrics. Recently, Gooch published the first estimated impact of the Great Chinese Famine (circa 1960) on the Chinese economy in the long-run and continues to analyze the long-term effect of other policies enacted under Mao Zedong. Additionally, she published an analysis of contemporary overseas investment in agriculture by Chinese companies for the Dept. of Agriculture and looks forward to furthering our understanding of the current Chinese president’s, Belt and Road Initiative. Gooch joined the DRMI faculty in 2018.

Lt Col Greg Grayson
Lecturer - US Marine Corps
MBA, Naval Postgraduate School

Greg Grayson is a Lt Col in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He joined DRMI in 2017.  Major Grayson holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado and an MBA in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School.  Lt Col Grayson is a graduate of the Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Warfare School, Command & Staff College, and Advanced Financial Management Officer’s Course.  He is also Certified Defense Financial Management accredited.  As a Financial Management Officer, he has experience in all DoD fiscal functions, including PPBE, Clean Audit, and Travel & Pay.  Major Grayson is happily married with two children.

LCDR Christian Hansen
Lecturer - USN
MS, NavalPostgraduate School, 2007

Christian "Hansel" Hansen, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, Lecturer, earned his BS in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy (2002) and a MS in Systems Engineering Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School (2007). Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, he has since served as a Naval Aviator, flying the E6-B Mercury as an operational pilot and flight instructor duty in both the T-34C Turbo Mentor and T-6 Texan II. He served onboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) as Tactical Action Officer, taking part in the historic homeport change to Yokosuka, Japan and catastrophic fire en route. He most recently served as N3 for air operations onboard USS IWO JIMA, which conducted coalition anti-piracy operations, participated in the successful evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, and the naval blockade of an Iranian convoy to Yemen. He has been deployed to the Arabian Gulf, Horn of Africa, Mediterranean, and Western Pacific. His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three Awards), and various campaign and unit commendations. LCDR Hansen joined the DRMI faculty in January of 2016.

Contact:, or (831) 656-3593

C. J. LaCivita
Faculty Emeritus
PhD, Economics, UC Santa Barbara, 1981
C. J. LaCivita, is Professor of Economics at the Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI) and Chair of the Global Public Policy Academic Group at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). He graduated from the University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in 1969. Upon receiving his bachelor's degree, Professor LaCivita was commissioned in the US Air Force and served as a pilot for five years. After leaving the Air Force, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Valdosta State University in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1981. From 1981 to 1985, he was Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

In May 1985, Dr. LaCivita joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) as an Assistant Professor at the DRMI. He served as the DRMI Assistant Director for Academic Programs 1988 to 1991, the DRMI Deputy Executive Director from 1991-1993 and the DRMI Executive Director 1993-2011. From October 1, 2001 to October 15, 2002, he served as the Acting Dean of the School of International Graduate Studies at NPS. In January 2009, he was appointed as the founding chair of the Global Public Policy Academic Group at NPS and continues to serve in that capacity. He also served as a member of the oversight commission for the Certified Defense Financial Manager program from its inception through 2008.

He has published widely in a number of areas in economics and defense resources management. His work has appeared in the Journal of Business, Journal of Urban Economics, National Tax Journal, International Journal of Forecasting, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Armed Forces Comptroller, Defence Analysis and others.

Jonathan Lipow
PhD, Economics, UC Berkeley, 1994
Jonathan Lipow received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA (1984), an M.A. in International Development from American University (1989), and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley (1994). His research interests are primarily in public economics and in national security studies, and he has published papers on these topics in journals such the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economics Letters, Defense and Peace Economics, and World Development. His current research focuses primarily on government portfolio investment and military manpower problems.

Prior to joining the Defense Resource Management Institute in 2009, Dr. Lipow taught at a number of colleges and universities, including the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Berea College, and Oberlin College. In addition to academic activities, Dr. Lipow has worked as a consultant to Israel's Ministry of Defense, served as Bank of America's Israel country representative, and written extensively as a commentator on economic and political affairs for newspapers such as the Jerusalem Post and Barron's. His military service was in the Combat Engineering branch of the Israel Defense Forces.

Contact:, or (831) 656-2661

Mitch McCarthy
MS, Naval Postgraduate School

Lecturer Mitchell (Mitch) McCarthy received a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University, M.S. from Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Material Logistics and Financial Management, and an M.S. from the National Defense University in National Resource Strategy. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Information Sciences at NPS.  His current research interests include the intersection of media events data and cyber intrusion activity. Mitch is a former Marine Officer, who led Marines in multiple operations and exercises throughout the Middle East and Pacific theaters. He transitioned from the Marine Corps as a Colonel. In October of 2016, he was honored to join the DRMI faculty.

Francois Melese
PhD, Economics, University of Louvain, Belgium, 1982
Francois Melese, Professor, received his BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977, MA in Economics from the University of British Columbia, Canada in 1979, and Ph.D. from the University of Louvain, Belgium in 1982. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociale (IRES), University of Louvain, Belgium, and Assistant Professor of Economics at Auburn University. He has papers published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Southern Economic Journal, Energy Economics, the International Trade Journal and Defense Analysis. He has presented papers at meetings of the American Economic Association, the European Economic Association, the Southern Economic Association, the World Econometric Society, as well as meetings of the International Association of Science and Technology for Development. He is a member of the American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, Operations Research Society, and the Research Society of American Scientists - Sigma XI. Professor Melese joined the faculty of DRMI in June 1987.

Research Interest: Budgeting with incentives, pricing issues in revolving funds, the role of benefits and pay in compensation, defense industrial base issues, and the integration of cost and effectiveness.

Contact:, or (831) 656-2009

Erich Morman
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., George Mason University, 2013

Erich Morman, Assistant Professor, received a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics (1996) from the University of Dayton, a M.S. in Systems Engineering & Operations Research (2003) and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering & Operations Research (2013) from George Mason University.  Prior to joining DRMI, Dr. Morman spent 17 years with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) supporting various weapon system program offices in the area of Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE).  While working for the MDA, he completed his dissertation which focused on applications of reinforcement learning algorithms to improve fiscal year cash allocation decisions.  Additionally, Dr. Morman spent nearly two years as a support contractor for the DoD's Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) conducting measures of effectiveness and data analysis.  He joined the DRMI faculty in August of 2017.   

Charlie Orsburn
MA, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 2000
Charlie Orsburn, Faculty Associate – Instructor & Field Studies Program Manager. A member of the DRMI Faculty, as Faculty Associate – Instructor Ms. Orsburn does much of her work in the role of Field Studies Program Manager. She has considerable experience in intercultural and cross-cultural communication.

She provides guidance and counseling to senior international military officers and civilian officials attending DRMI. She also conducts cross-cultural counseling with U.S. military Foreign Area Officers (FAO) attending NPS and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language School (DLIFLC) who volunteer with the Foreign Area Officers-Cultural Ambassador Program (FAO-CAP); a program that she envisioned, created and manages that matches American FAOs from NPS and the DLIFLC and international military students, when possible by language, country or region, thus increasing their cultural awareness and helping them build lasting relationships of trust. 2009 to 2015, Ms Orsburn led cross-cultural communications training through lecture and the Bafa Bafa simulation for U.S. Army functional Area 30 Qualification Course, Fort Leavenworth Kansas, where she was awarded an honorary diploma for her contribution in this field.

Ms. Orsburn presented, as a part of NATO’s Defence Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) Team in Armenia, November 2012. Ms. Orsburn has also done cross-cultural training for the Federally Employed Women’s Association and for the Staff Development Committee at NPS. She has also been selected to brief RDML Sinclair Harris, Commander Southern Command, Fourth Fleet; RADM William Lescher, Commander, expeditionary Strike Group – Five; VADM James Foggo, Commander, 6th Fleet Command; VADM Scott H. Swift, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet; RADM Michael T. Franken, Deputy Commander for Military Operations U.S. Africa Command, and RDML Brian S. Pecha, Command Surgeon, U.S. Pacific Command, RADM Sean S Buck, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U. S. 4th Fleet, on Cross Cultural Communications, in role as consultant for the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Executive Education Transition Support (TS) program – a 2-3 day course for Flag Officers who are transitioning into new positions. 

She is a 1993 Harry S. Truman Scholar and has a Master of Arts degree in International Policy Studies with an emphasis in Cross-Cultural Communications from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, now known as the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She is fluent in English, French and American Sign Language.

Contact:, or (831) 656-2215

LTC Erin Reeder
Lecturer - US Army
MBA/MPA, Syracuse University, 2009
Erin D. Reeder, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Military Associate Chair/ Lecturer, earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a concentration in finance from Northern Arizona University in 1994. He was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School, Ft. Benning, GA as the distinguished military graduate in 1997. He received his Master's of Business Administration (MBA) and his Master's of Public Administration (MPA) from Syracuse University in 2009. His prior command and staff experience include Military Police Company Commander, Ft. Carson, CO; Kuwait Defense Cooperation Agreement Branch Chief, Army Central Command, Ft. McPherson, GA; Resource Manager, Area Support Group- Kuwait, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; and Tactical Execution Branch Chief and Budget Officer U.S. Army Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany. His most recent assignment was as the NATO Deputy Financial Controller, Resolute Support Mission, Kabul, Afghanistan, where he provided oversight for direct contributions from the 28 NATO nations. His international staff included military and civilian personnel from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the United States. His personal decorations include the Army Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Joint Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Commendation Medal, and various campaign and unit commendations. Lieutenant Colonel Reeder joined the DRMI faculty in December 2015.

Contact:, or (831) 656-2259

Anke Richter
PhD, Operations Research, Stanford University, 1996
Anke Richter, Professor, received a BA in Mathematics and French from Dartmouth College (1991) and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Stanford University (1996). Her graduate work was supported by a grant from the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Richter was previously a Director of Health Outcomes at RTI-Health Solutions, RTI International. Her research interests include resource allocation for epidemic control, disease modelling and economic impact assessment, and bio terrorism. She has published in numerous journals. Dr. Richter is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). She has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American Medical AssociationJournal of Clinical Epidemiology,PharmacoEconomicsMedical Decision MakingClinical Therapeutics, and Managed Care Interfaces. While English is Dr. Richter's first language, she is also fluent in German and French. She joined the faculty in August 2003.

Contact:, or (831) 656-2468

Jerome Sebastyn
MA, Strategic Studies, Naval War College, 2002

Jerome T. Sebastyn, Lecturer, earned his BA in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts and his MA in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. His previous work experience in the U.S. Navy Reserve included mobilization tours in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) in 2007-08, and in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) in 2013-15. As a Department of Defense (DoD) civilian, he served as an advisor to the Government of Iraq (GoI) in Baghdad, Iraq and also served as an advisor to the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has completed the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Program Management Level III certification from the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), and completed the Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I and the Advanced JPME certificate from the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC). he joined the DRMI faculty in October, 2015.

Contact:, or (831) 656-1981