Select Publications

"A Wicked Cultural Problem: Options for Combating New Tribalism in 2035"

 

Eunomia Journal (Civil Affairs Association) & Divergent Options

Examines the role of human factors in armed conflict and competition below levels of conflict within the world of 2035. Article focuses on the prospect of a fifth wave of modern terrorism dominated by New Tribalism. This options paper outlines three distinct courses of action for the United States to respond to the Lord's Resistance Army in Africa. 

"Projecting Soft Power Through the State Partnership Program"

 

Small Wars Journal

Countries leverage resources to project hard power—military might which persuades others to comply, and soft power—diplomatic influence encouraging cooperation. In the recent past, U.S. policymakers repeatedly considered cuts to traditional soft power tools like the Department of State and USAID, which would likely leave gaps in soft power projection. As leaders explore possibilities to hedge against or remedy such shortfalls, the National Guard’s State Partnership Program is one tool worthy of consideration, but this program requires alterations to achieve optimal results.

"Unique Contributions and Opportunities of the Military Language Instructor"


Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin

Describes the Military Language Instructor billet at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), specifically, how this broadening assignment compares to others among peers, unique aspects of the position, and evolving formal leadership opportunities.

"Acoustics Analysis & Applications in Aviation Operations"

Aviation Digest

Addresses standing gaps relating to acoustics in analysis and operations. Discussion points include properties of aircraft sound emissions and wave propagation, dearth of doctrine, acoustics in mission analysis, incorporating acoustics into helicopter and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) simulators, and research and funding.

"An Assessment of Lone Wolves Using Explosive-Laden Consumer Drones in the United States"


Global Security and Intelligence Studies Journal

The recent advent of the consumer drone offers terrorists new capabilities in sophisticated attacks, particularly lone wolves who can afford these drones and benefit from standoff and other features. Although terrorists have not yet employed explosive-laden drones in domestic attacks, drones available on the market can carry a payload sufficient to achieve lethal or destructive objectives sought by lone wolves motivated by diverse ideologies targeting long-term static, short-term static, or mobile targets. The Diffusion of Innovations Theory suggests that explosive-laden drones are not an immediate threat, but as pioneering terrorists experiment with consumer drones, this tactic may become more commonplace as existing defense mechanisms fail to protect targeted buildings, events, and individuals. As consumer drones become more popular and more sophisticated, countermeasures and government policies must keep stride with this new and evolving threat.

"Capitalizing on Situational Awareness Geospatially Enabled Tools: Reflections Following a RAF Rotation"

Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin

November 2016

Review of how my Intelligence Cell leveraged an ArcGIS extension tool known as Situational Awareness Geospatially Enabled (SAGE) during a 9-month rotation in Europe. Article republished in Flightfax (April 2018).

"Capitalizing on Opportunities during Regionally Aligned Force (RAF) Rotations"

The Vanguard

September 2016

Summary of tools and techniques applied during 9-month rotation in Europe. Discussion focused on pioneering geospatial technology implemented in mission analysis, acquiring hardware from provisional units, and networking with research laboratories.

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