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Major Bo Anderson, Royal Danish Air Force

Major Andersen’s review of Splittelsen I global jihad. Kampen mellem IS og Al Qaeda appears in the Danish language journal Krigsvidenskab (War Science).

Posted July 7, 2017

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Major Jennifer Jantzi, US Army

She is a Civil Affairs Officer working on her master’s in Defense Analysis. Her review of Ann Scott Tyson’s American Spartan: The Promise, The Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant appears in Small Wars Journal. Major Jantzi’s own experiences in Afghanistan gave her special insights into the unusual story of Major Gant.

Posted April 17, 2017

Major Brent Pomeroy, USAF

Major Pomeroy, a student in Defense Analysis, has the unusual honor of being an Air Force officer publishing in an Army publication. His well-researched article, “Time to Engage in Social Media,” appears in the online Military Review: The Professional Journal of the U.S. Army, a publication of Army University Press. Well done!

Posted April 17, 2017

Major Daniel Sigler, German Army

Defense Analysis master's student Dan Sigler published his review of Petter Nesser's Islamist Terrorism in Europe: A History (2015) in the Small Wars Journal. As Dr. Kalev I. Sepp (DA) concisely put it: "Dan’s book review provides both an excellent summary, and insight into European jihadi organization, in only two pages."

Posted February 15, 2017

Captain Matt Bauer, US Army

Captain Bauer, a student in the Defense Analysis Department who has had multiple deployments to the Middle East and Latin America, reviewed Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America for Small Wars Journal, a book collection on a provocative topic. He leads off his review: "This dispassionate analysis of Iranian involvement in Latin America is an ambitious and successful attempt to persuade readers of the profound national security implications of Iran’s growing influence in that region."

Posted January 30, 2017

Major Hassan Kamara, US Army

NPS and the GWC wish to congratulate Major Hassan Kamara, US Army, who recently published two award-winning articles. "Writing: A Way to Maximize Returns on the Army's Investments in Education," received second place in the 2016 General William E. Deputy Special Topics Writing Competition and was published in the Jan-Feb 2017 issue of Military Review. From the GWC perspective, kudos on bringing professional writing in the military front and center! His second article, “Future Conflict: Adapting Better and Faster Than an Adversary,” was awarded the Future Operations Category of the 2016 MG Harold J. Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing and published by Army Logistics and Technology Magazine in a special supplement to its Jan-Mar 2017 issue.

Major Kamara is an Armor Officer and an Assistant Product Manager assigned to Program Executive Office Missiles and Space in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.  He graduated from NPS in Winter 2015 with a master’s in Security Studies (Strategic Studies). Major Kamara received ”Outstanding Thesis”  recognition for The Influence of Strategic and Organizational Cultures on the Revolution in Military Affairs within the U.S. Army.  He has also published two other articles on Army transformation.  Prior to attending NPS, Kamara commanded an Armor Company in Iraq, an Infantry Company at Fort Bliss, and served two years on the U.S. Forces Korea Joint staff.  We thank Major Kamara for his continuing service and we applaud him on his award-winning writing!

Posted January 25, 2017

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Captain Charles Staab, US Army

Captain Staab, a student in the Defense Analysis Department, authored "Uncloaking the Dagger: Does Adherence to the Geneva Conventions Betray Special Operations Forces?" for Small Wars Journal. As the mini-abstract reads: "The United States should petition a reclassification of perfidy from the United Nations to ensure the legal protections and force protection of SOF while conducting clandestine operations." This is a very timely topic in light of the recent questioning of the UN's role by the president-elect.

Posted December 27, 2016

Captain Bleard Vucaj, Albanian Army

Captain Vucaj wrote a book review for DA 3880: History of Special Operations . . . then got it published! That's what you call feeding two birds with one biscuit. The review appears in the Albanian Defense Journal (pp. 33-34). We must caution you, though, that it's written in Albanian. Nice job, Captain Vucaj!

Posted December 15, 2016

Major David Johnston, Canadian Army

Major Johnston just heard that the Royal Canadian Air Force Journal will publish his review of the war novel Ghost Fleet. Further details will be posted when we get them.

Posted December 15, 2016

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LCDR Blake LaFever, USN

LCDR LaFever’s article, “Empirical Study of Router IPv6 Interface Address Distributions,” is scheduled for an upcoming issue of IEEE Internet Computing. It was co-authored with Professors Robert Beverly and Justin Rohrer. LCDR LaFever graduated from NPS in Winter 2015 with a Master’s in Cyber Systems and Operations. LCDR LaFever’s thesis, with Professor Beverly advising, is Methods for Intelligent Mapping of the IPv6 Address Space. The Naval Postgraduate School and the Graduate Writing Center congratulate LCDR LaFever on his accomplishment and wish him the best in his continuing career!

Posted September 22, 2016

Captain Erik Rye, USMC

Captain Rye presented “Revisiting AS-Level Graph Reduction,” co-authored with Professors Justin Rohrer and Robert Beverly, at the 2016 Eighth IEEE International Workshop on Network Science for Communication Networks (NetSciCom) in San Francisco. The same paper was published in April 2016 in the proceedings of the workshop. While at NPS in May 2015, Captain Rye co-wrote, with Professor Rohrer, the technical report Graph Reduction for Emulated Network Experimentation. In Spring 2015, he graduated from NPS with Master’s degrees in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. His thesis is Evaluating the Limits of Network Topology Inference via Virtualized Network Emulation, co-advised by Professors Beverly and Ralucca Gera. Captain Rye currently is an instructor in the Computer Science Department at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. The Naval Postgraduate School and the Graduate Writing Center congratulate Captain Rye on his accomplishments, and wish him the best in his continuing career!

Posted September 22, 2016

Lieutenant Lance Alt, USN

LT Alt’s paper, “Application-Transparent Deployment of DTN via SmartNet,”  co-authored with Professors Justin Rohrer and Geoffrey Xie, was published in the proceedings of the Ninth ACM MobiCom Workshop on Challenged Networks in September 2014. LT Alt graduated from NPS in Summer 2014 with a Master’s in Computer Science. His thesis, co-advised by Rohrer and Xie, is Application Transparent HTTP Over a Disruption Tolerant Smart-Net. The Naval Postgraduate School and the Graduate Writing Center congratulate LT Alt on his achievement, and wish him the best in his continuing career!

Posted September 22, 2016

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Major James Capra, USAF

Major Capra, USAF, reviewed Harnessing the Sky: "Trap" Trapnell, the U.S. Navy's Aviation Pioneer, 1923-1952, in the Air and Space Power Journal, Summer 2016. With a B.S. in Irregular Warfare, Major Capra is completing his master’s degree in Defense Analysis and will graduate in Fall 2016. His thesis is titled, Slow Gains and Rapid Costs: Airpower in Irregular Warfare; Professor Sepp Kalev is his advisor. Upon graduation, Major Capra will be assigned to Hickam Air Force Base as Command and Control Director of Operations at the Multi-Domain Operations Center. The Naval Postgraduate School and the Graduate Writing Center congratulate Major Capra on the publication of his review and his upcoming graduation and future assignment. We wish him continued success in his military career!

Posted August 31, 2016

LT Timothy McNamara, FDNY

Lieutenant McNamara, Fire Department of the City of New York, published “Questioning Risk-Based Fire and Life Safety Education Age Priorities” in Injury Prevention, an international peer-reviewed journal for health professionals. Lieutenant McNamara will graduate from NPS in Summer 2016 with a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. His thesis, Lighting a Fire Under Public Health and Safety Education: Influence through Rational Choice, Reasoned Behavior, and Behavioral Economics, was co-advised by Professors Christopher Bellavita and Rodrigo Nieto-Gomez. Upon graduation, Lieutenant McNamara plans to continue working as an officer in the FDNY, where he will use the conclusions from his thesis to improve public health and safety interventions, as well as intradepartmental training. NPS and the GWC congratulate Lieutenant McNamara on his publication and wish him continued success in his career with the FDNY!

Posted August 31, 2016

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Major Jacob Capps, USA

Major Capps presented “Radiation Detection with Heavy Oxide Inorganic Scintillator Crystals for Detection of Fast Neutrons,” at two conferences: 1) the Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology Technical Interchange Meeting (HEART) Conference, April 4-7, 2016, Monterey; and 2) the INMM ANS/USNA Technical Meeting on Nuclear Energy & Cyber Security, April 17-19, Annapolis, Maryland. Major Capps will graduate from NPS, in Physics, Spring 2016. He will then become an instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The Naval Postgraduate School and the Graduate Writing Center congratulate Major Capps on his conference presentations and future assignment. We wish him the best in his military career!

Posted May 25, 2016

Captain Dominic Chiaverotti, USMC  

Captain Chiaverotti presented “Experimental Verification and Military Employment of a Centrifugal Tensioned Metastable Fluid Detector for Trace Radiation Sources,” at two conferences: 1) the Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology Technical Interchange Meeting (HEART) Conference, April 4-7, 2016, Monterey; and 2) the INMM ANS/USNA Technical Meeting on Nuclear Energy & Cyber Security, April 17-19, Annapolis, Maryland. Captain Chiaverotti will graduate from NPS, in Physics, Spring 2016. He will then become an instructor at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.  The Naval Postgraduate School and the Graduate Writing Center congratulate Captain Chiaverotti on his conference presentations and future assignment. We wish him the best in his military career!

Posted May 25, 2016

Captain Daniel J. Finkenstadt, USAF  

Captain Finkenstadt’s article, co-authored by Lt. Col. Timothy G. Hawkins, USAF (Ret.), “#eVALUate: Monetizing Service Acquisition Trade-offs Using the Quality-Infused Price© Methodology,” appeared in the April 2016 issue of Defense ARJ. Captain Finkenstadt graduated from NPS in Fall 2011 with an MBA in Strategic Sourcing. His MBA Professional Report, co-authored with Andrew J. Peterson, was A Benchmark Study of the Air Force Program Executive Office for Combat and Mission Support. Captain Finkenstadt, who has authored six additional articles related to contract management, is currently a procuring contracting officer at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, Virginia.  NPS and the GWC congratulate Captain Finkenstadt on all his published work, including his most recent article, and wish him continued success in his military career!

Posted May 25, 2016

LTC U.L.J. Sylvester Perera, Sri Lanka Army

LTC Perera’s  article, “The Lessons I Learned: Civil-Military Cooperation in Post-Conflict Sri Lanka,” was published by CTX in May 2016. LTC Perera is a graduate student in Defense Analysis at NPS, and will graduate in June 2016. Advised by Professor Douglas Borer and Colonel Ian Rice, his thesis is titled, The influence of the Tamil Diaspora on Stability in Sri Lanka.  Before attending NPS, LTC Perera was assigned to the Directing Staff at Defense Services Command and Staff College, and will return there upon graduating from NPS. The GWC congratulates LTC Perera on his second publication in CTX (see below), and wish him the best in his future career goals!

Posted May 25, 2016

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LTC U.L.J. Sylvester Perera, Sri Lanka Army

His article, “The Sri Lankan Civil War: A Personal Reminiscence,” was published by CTX in November 2015. LTC Perera is a graduate student in Defense Analysis at NPS, and will graduate in Spring 2016. Advised by Professor Douglas Borer and Colonel Ian Rice, his thesis is titled, The Influence of the Tamil Diaspora on Stability in Sri Lanka.  Before attending NPS, LTC Perera was assigned to the Directing Staff at Defense Services Command and Staff College. His goals upon graduation are to continue growing in his professionalism as a military officer. NPS and the GWC congratulate LTC Perera on this publication, and wish him the best in his career!

Posted January 11, 2016

Major Ryan Nomura, U.S. Army

Major Ryan Nomura's article, “Three Wars of Ideas about the Ideas of War,” co-authored with John Arquilla, was published in the prestigious journal, Comparative Strategy (Vol. 34, Issue 2, 2015). Major Nomura is a December 2012 NPS graduate in the Department of Defense Analysis. His thesis is titled, Issues in Strategic Thought: From Clausewitz to Al-Qa'ida; his advisors were Professors John Arquilla and Nancy Roberts. He currently is working as a strategist at Pacific Command.

Posted January 11, 2016

Major Lemar Farhad, U.S. Army

Major Lemar Farhad has had five articles published recently! "The Relationship Between Liberty and Democracy," "Promises and Pitfalls: Sino-Afghan Relations," and "A Tale of Two Afghan Armies" appear in the Small Wars Journal. “Why Peace with the Taliban Is a Bad Idea: What Needs to Happen Instead” appears on The Bridge. "China’s Internal Migration Woes" appears in the International Affairs Review of the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Major Farhad is a master's student in National Security Affairs at NPS and scheduled to graduate in Spring 2016.

Posted November 16, 2015

Major Creighton Mullins, USAF

His article, “The Radicalization Puzzle: A Theoretical Synthesis of Empirical Approaches to Homegrown Extremism,” was published in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 38, 11 (November) 2015 (download, or access through DKL’s electronic resources). The article is co-authored by Dr. Mohammed M. Hafez, Chair of the Department of National Security Affairs at NPS.

Major Mullins graduated from NPS in Spring 2015 with a Master’s in National Security Affairs. His dissertation was titled Syria and the Rise of Radical Islamist Groups; his advisor was Professor Anne Marie Baylouny. He is currently Director of Operations in the Global Activities Squadron at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC).

Additionally, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) has provided a short educational video that summarizes the article. 

NPS and the GWC congratulate Major Mullins on his publication, and wish him the best in his career!

Posted September 29, 2015

LCDR Thomas Parker, USN

LCDR Parker had three articles accepted for presentation at conferences, then published in conference proceedings:

LCDR Parker graduated from the USNA in 2003 and began his military career as a surface warfare officer. He laterally transferred to engineering duty officer in 2005 and reported to NPS for his Masters in Astronautical Engineering (Space Systems Engineering). After graduating in 2007, he worked at the National Reconnaissance Office until 2011. He was then stationed at Little Creek, VA, working for the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) as a combat systems inspector.

LCDR Parker started his doctoral program at NPS in September 2012 and is on track to graduate in September 2015. His next duty station will be with the 10th Fleet. LCDR Parker’s dissertation focuses on how to use software-defined networks (SDN) to automate network defensive measures. His research explores analytical methods to detect network attacks, and an implementation of automated detection and response actions. His dissertation supervisors are Professors Murali Tummala and John McEachen.

NPS and the GWC congratulate LCDR Parker on his publications and participation in these conferences, and wish him the best in his doctoral research and career!

Posted July 15, 2015

Captain Hassan Kamara, U.S. Army

Captain Kamara's article, “Making Long Range Planning Work: The Case of the U.S. Army’s 30-Year Strategic Modernization Plan,” has been published in Volume 31, No. 3, July/August issue of Defense and Security Analysis, in its “Fresh Perspectives” journal section.  Captain Kamara graduated from NPS in Winter 2015 with an MA in Security and Strategic Studies. His thesis is titled, The Influence of Strategic and Organizational Cultures on the Revolution in Military Affairs within the U.S. Army.  Prior to attending NPS, he commanded an Armor Company in Iraq (1-37AR, 1/1HBCT), an Infantry Company at Fort Bliss (3-41IN, 1/1SBCT), and served two years on the U.S. Forces Korea J3 staff. At the end of July, he will be assigned to the Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, at Redstone, Alabama. He plans to assume duties as Assistant Program Manager after completing the Army Acquisition Foundation Course at Defense Acquisition University. NPS and the GWC congratulate Captain Kamara on his publication, and wish him the best in his career!

Posted July 15, 2015

Captain Duilia Mora Turner, USAF

Captain Turner had two articles published by E-International Relations: "Peru and Chile’s Ocean View Resolved Dispute" (March 17, 2015), and "Root Causes of Violence in Post-Civil War Guatemala: A Literature Review" (April 8). Captain Turner, an Air Force Meteorologist, received a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies (western hemisphere) in March 2015. Her thesis is entitled, Violent Crime in Post-Civil War Guatemala: Causes and Policy Implications; her advisors were Thomas C. Bruneau and Florina Cristiana Matei.

After graduating in Winter 2015, Captain Turner reported to the U.S. Embassy in Argentina for a strategic engagement immersion. Her goals include further research and scholarship on cooperation between Latin American nations relating to policy making. NPS and the GWC wish her the best in her career!

Posted May 7, 2015