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Student publications 2021

MAJ Kevin Bernhardt, U.S. Army

Review of War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century, by David Patrikarakos

MAJ Bernhardt's book review, which appeared in the spring 2020 issue of Infantry, examines David Patrikarakos's thesis that, as the author paraphrases it, "anyone with access to the internet can serve as an actor in war." To support his argument, Patrikarakos points to examples of individuals outside the media establishment who (in MAJ Bernhardt's words) "shaped the conflict around them by way of social media" and open-source data. Ultimately, the author finds that a certain amount of bias in Patrikarakos's treatment of his subject "does not take away from the greater lessons" of the book regarding "the potential effects of social media in war for leaders in an operational environment."

Posted February 10, 2021

Student publications 2020

Captain Spencer Marsh, USMC

"Understanding Plan Colombia through Principal/Agent Theory: The Importance of Interest Alignment"

Captain Marsh's article, appearing in the FAOA Journal of International Affairs, employs Stephen Biddle's principal/agent theory to analyze the successes and failures of Plan Colombia—in particular, "why Plan Colombia was able to increase Colombia's state security and capacity but failed in U.S. anti-drug efforts." The author argues that "where principal/agent objectives did not overlap, in this case the Drug War, failure was imminent." After 9/11, however, which altered U.S. priorities with respect to Colombia, "objective overlap centered on fighting insurgencies . . . enabled Plan Colombia’s narrow success" by "caus[ing] two powerful forces to align: Colombia's political will and the U.S. resources and expertise." Based on these findings, the article recommends that "security cooperation/assistance policy makers focus on initiatives that converge with the partner nation's priorities."

Posted December 30, 2020

Maj Temesha Christensen, USAF

Review of Chinese Foreign Policy: An Introduction, by Marc Lanteigne

Maj Christensen's review of Marc Lanteigne's book Chinese Foreign Policy: An Introduction was published earlier this year by the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Studies Quarterly. As the announcement by the NPS Department of National Security Affairs explains, "Maj. Christensen read the book for an NSA course and subsequently wrote and submitted the review"; "she finds the book is a good foundational piece . . . 'to understand Chinese foreign policy, China’s role in international security, and China’s economic impact on the global market.'"

Posted July 23, 2020

LCDR Ashley McAbee, USN

"The Navy Needs Problem-First Innovation"

In a featured article in the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, LCDR McAbee argues that "The Navy Needs Problem-First Innovation": as the article summary states, “innovation is meaningless or even harmful if it is done merely for its own sake”; instead, says the author, invoking Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, “to outpace adversaries, the Navy must adopt a problem-first, future-focused, and sailor-driven ethos”—an ethos critical to “maximiz[ing] our chances of improving the Navy’s position, sharpening the edge, and cementing the advantage we inherited.”

Posted July 7, 2020

CW4 Judy Esquibel, U.S. Army

"The Friction Points, Operational Goals, and Research Opportunities of Electronic Warfare and Cyber Convergence"

CW4 Esquibel, an NPS information sciences PhD student, co-authored "The Friction Points, Operational Goals, and Research Opportunities of Electronic Warfare and Cyber Convergence" for The Cyber Defense Review 4.2 (2019). According to the abstract: "With Electronic Warfare joining the Cyber Branch in October 2018, numerous opportunities and challenges that affect warfighters are surfacing. To capture and consolidate some of these observations, the Electronic Warfare Cyber Convergence (EWC2) workshop, held in conjunction with the 2018 Cyberspace Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) conference, provided an opportunity for experts from military, government, commercial and academic backgrounds to compare insights, explore friction points, consider deeper issues and note potential research opportunities within the EWC2. In this workshop, participants learned that the convergence of EW and cyberspace operations is only the initial step towards the greater goal of controlling information on the battlefield."

Posted June 30, 2020

Major Ryan Tice, USMC

"The Bering Strait: An Arena for Great Power Competition"

Major Tice's latest, published in Joint Force Quarterly 96, examines "The Bering Strait: An Arena for Great Power Competition." JFQ summarizes: "The rapidly changing environmental conditions in the Arctic Region have increased the potential for great power competition . . . the US is now in a position of weakness in the Arctic. If steps are not taken, the status of the Arctic as a place of peaceful cooperation and exploration will be jeopardized." The author's solution? Combined Joint Task Force–Alaska.

Reposted March 9, 2020

Major Ryan Tice, USMC

"Naval Integration Begins in the Classroom"

In response to the DON's Education for Seapower study, Major Tice's article "Naval Integration Begins in the Classroom," published by the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings magazine, identifies professional military education as a key vehicle for greater Navy–Marine Corps integration. In particular, Major Tice calls for increased interservice student and faculty representation at Navy and Marine Corps institutions of higher learning, which he describes as "incubator[s] for ideas that drive innovation." Bringing officers together in the classroom, the author says, is "a first step toward achieving the Navy–Marine Corps team the nation expects and needs."

Posted January 31, 2020

Student publications 2019

LCDR Ryan Hilger and LT Bryan Lowry, USN

"NPS alumnus LCDR Ryan Hilger and current student LT Bryan Lowry were awarded top honors in the Naval Submarine League’s Literary Award competition, presented during the organization’s annual symposium in Washington, D.C., Nov. 7." See MC2 Taylor Vencill's complete story.

Posted November 26, 2019

Student publications 2018

Majors Thang Q. Tran and Alan W. Lancaster, U.S. Army

Major Tran is pursuing his master's in defense analysis, while Major Lancaster recently earned his. They just published their joint thesis, "Iranian Natural Gas: Opportunities and Risks." As a follow-up, their co-written article "Iran’s Natural Gas: A Gateway to US-Iran Cooperation" appears on the Atlantic Council blog of October 17; the article explores the relationship between renewed U.S. economic sanctions and Iranian oil exports. Their article "A Marriage of Convenience Between Natural Gas Giants Iran and Russia" appears on the Atlantic Council website for November 5.

Last modified November 6, 2018

Captain Chris Telley, U.S. Army

Captain Telley strikes again: his article "Influence at Machine Speed: The Coming of AI-Powered Propaganda" appears on the Army's Mad Scientist Laboratory website. The article addresses "how Artificial Intelligence (AI) must be understood as an Information Operations (IO) tool if U.S. defense professionals are to develop effective countermeasures and ensure our resilience to its employment by potential adversaries."

Posted April 16, 2018

Master Sergeant David "Ty" Long, U.S. Army, and Captain Chris Mulch, USN

An article by Matthew Schehl of the NPS Public Affairs Office recently appeared on the Navy's website. The article, "NPS Students Teach CyberOps Fundamentals Through Gaming," profiles the joint thesis work of two NPS graduates, Master Sergeant David "Ty" Long and Captain Chris Mulch. For their thesis, they developed CyberWar 2025, a "computer-based strategy wargame which challenges players to navigate through the core concepts of the cyber realm." The goal of the game is to "bridge a training gap in U.S. military cyber operations."

Posted April 16, 2018

Captain Andres Lapp, Estonian Army

Captain Lapp reviewed John Steinbeck's WWII novel The Moon Is Down for Kaitse Kodu! (Protecting Your Home!), the Estonian Defence League journal.

Posted April 16, 2018

Major John Huntsman, USAF

Major Huntsman reviewed two new books for Media, War and Conflict that explore the idea of the warrior: Christopher Coker's Warrior Geeks: How 21st-Century Technology Is Changing the Way We Fight and Think About War and Shannon French's The Code of the Warrior: Exploring Warrior Values Past and Present (2nd ed). Major Huntsman notes that "the ideal warrior is a student of history, science, art, and philosophy" and that "Service members who read and reflect on war better execute their duties in combat."

Posted April 16, 2018

Major Joe Davis, USAF

Major Davis reviewed Ron Schleifer's Psychological Warfare in the Arab-Israeli Conflict for Small Wars Journal. Major Davis concludes that the book "is a valuable history lesson useful for both [the] strategic analyst and the battlefield planner alike. It offers insight into the background of the decades-long wars and sheds light on the nature of the continued geopolitical struggles of the Middle East. Above all, any military professional who takes up this book will understand what PSYWAR is good for."

Posted April 16, 2018

Captain Chris Telley, U.S. Army

Captain Telley warns about the dangers of Russia getting into the cryptocurrency business in "A Coin for the Tsar: The Two Disruptive Sides of Cryptocurrency," written for Small Wars Journal. The author summarizes: "This paper examines the evolving power of cryptocurrency, describes threat behaviors enabled by the technology, and recommends some ways to counter threat activity in this nascent digital economic environment while preserving the possibilities for healthy innovation."

Posted April 16, 2018

Student publications 2017

Major Brian R. Huston, USAF

Major Huston reviewed Joseph T. Stanik's El Dorado Canyon: Reagan’s Undeclared War with Qaddafi (2002) for the Air & Space Power Journal. The book covers the U.S. battle against Libya's state-sponsored terrorism in the 1970s and '80s. As Major Huston summarizes, "El Dorado Canyon is an excellent analysis of two decades of US-Libyan relations and how the United States dealt with a state sponsor of terrorism. Joint air operations planners will benefit from reading this book due to the complex nature of the operation and detailed planning. Also, students of national policy processes can gain insight into how national-level policy is shaped."

Posted December 7, 2017

Major David Johnston, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command

Major Johnston's article "Future Airpower: Trends and Implications for Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM)" (Calhoun link) appears in the Canadian Military Journal, autumn 2017. As Major Johnston explains, "This article analyzes broad trends in Air and Aviation as they relate to SOF Airpower. It clarifies the need for SOF Airpower, explores six technological trends: unmanned systems, autonomy, next-generation rotary wing, future precision strike, alternate-service delivery, and fuel requirements, and ultimately, presents implications for CANSOFCOM in order to advocate for future SOF Airpower."

This article follows Major Johnston's appearance in the Royal Canadian Air Force Journal, summer 2017, in which he reviews the Peter W. Singer and August Cole novel Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War. As Major Johnston explains, "Ghost Fleet tells the story of World War III from the perspective of American, Chinese and Russian soldiers, sailors, airmen and air women." He concludes: "This thriller of a novel appears to have uncanny predictive power for present and future conflict. . . . This novel is highly recommended to Canadian military professionals for both personal enjoyment and professional development."

Updated November 27, 2017

Major F. Bart Doyle, USAF

Major Doyle reviewed Richard Haass's new book, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order (2017), for the Air & Space Power Journal. Major Doyle describes the book as "a quick-reading account of global politics since the end of World War II [that] provides the layman with an abridged account of the actions that created the modern world." He concludes that "Haass's insight into his expert policy-making philosophy promises to be valuable to military professionals interested in diplomatic history, international relations, and the future of American foreign policy."

Posted October 12, 2017

Captain Marius Kristiansen, Norwegian Army

Captain Kristiansen's review of General Stanley McChrystal's 2015 book (with Tantum Collins, Chris Fussell, and David Silverman), Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, appears in the Norwegian Military Journal for September 2017.

Posted October 4, 2017

Major Paul R. Andrews Jr., USAF

Major Andrews's article "The Rise of Close Air Support after World War II: Did the US Army and US Air Force Inter-Service Rivalry Benefit Close Air Support?" appears in the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) Journal, edition 24. As Major Andrews notes, "The history of CAS within the US military is one of sometimes bitter inter-service rivalry, but the lessons learned benefit US and NATO forces in the field today."

Posted August 23, 2017

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

Major Jennifer Jantzi, U.S. Army

Major Jantzi 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. As the article describes, Major Jantzi’s own experiences in Afghanistan gave her special insights into the unusual story of Major Gant.

Posted April 17, 2017

Major Brenton Pomeroy, USAF

Major Pomeroy's 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.

Posted April 17, 2017

Major Daniel Sigler, German Army

Defense analysis master's student Major Sigler published his review of Petter Nesser's Islamist Terrorism in Europe: A History (2015) in Small Wars Journal. As Prof. Kalev I. Sepp (DA) puts it, this review "provides both an excellent summary, and insight into European jihadi organization, in only two pages."

Posted February 15, 2017

Captain Matt Bauer, U.S. Army

Captain Bauer, a student in the defense analysis department, reviewed the book Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America for Small Wars Journal. He begins his review with this assessment: "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, U.S. Army

Major Hassan Kamara, U.S. Army, 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; "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 was published by Army Logistics and Technology Magazine in a special supplement to its Jan–Mar 2017 issue.

Posted January 25, 2017

Student publications 2016

Captain Charles Staab, U.S. 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 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."

Posted December 27, 2016

Captain Bleard Vuçaj, Albanian Army

Captain Vuçaj 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. His review appears in the Albanian-language Defense Journal no. 11 (pp. 33–34).

Posted December 15, 2016

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 with a master's in cyber systems and operations. His thesis, with Professor Beverly advising, is "Methods for Intelligent Mapping of the IPv6 Address Space."

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, Captain Rye co-wrote, with Professor Rohrer, the technical report Graph Reduction for Emulated Network Experimentation. 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 Gera.

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 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."

Posted September 22, 2016

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. His thesis is titled "Slow Gains and Rapid Costs: Airpower in Irregular Warfare," advised by Professor Kalev Sepp.

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 holds 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.

Posted August 31, 2016

Major Jacob Capps, U.S. Army

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.

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.

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 has authored six additional articles related to contract management.

Posted May 25, 2016

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

A second article by LTC Perera, "The Lessons I Learned: Civil–Military Cooperation in Post-Conflict Sri Lanka," was published by CTX in May 2016.

Posted May 25, 2016

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. Advised by Professor Douglas Borer and Colonel Ian Rice, LTC Perera's defense analysis thesis is titled "The Influence of the Tamil Diaspora on Stability in Sri Lanka."

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 defense analysis. His thesis is titled "Issues in Strategic Thought: From Clausewitz to Al-Qaida"; his advisors were Professors John Arquilla and Nancy Roberts.

Posted January 11, 2016

Student publications 2015

Major Lemar Farhad, U.S. Army

Major 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 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 International Affairs Review of the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Posted November 16, 2015

Major Creighton Mullins, USAF

Major Mullins's 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). The article is co-authored by Dr. Mohammed M. Hafez of the Department of National Security Affairs at NPS. Additionally, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) has provided a short educational video that summarizes the article.

Major Mullins graduated from NPS in Spring 2015 with a master's in national security affairs. His thesis is titled "Syria and the Rise of Radical Islamist Groups"; his advisor was Professor Anne Marie Baylouny.

Posted September 29, 2015

LCDR Thomas Parker, USN

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

LCDR Parker's dissertation focuses on how to use software-defined networks 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.

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 the July/August issue (volume 31, no. 3) of Defense and Security Analysis. 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."

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.

Posted May 7, 2015