Sunday, December 12, 2004

A Few Adequate Men

Mark R. Lewis (United States) is writing as a private citizen and the irregular quality of his analyses reflects only upon his meagre intellect and limited vision, and certainly not his boss, his organization or his fellow bloggers (please don't get me fired). By day he is a defense policy analyst, where he works national military policy, defense transformation, joint professional military education and readiness issues for the U.S. government. Mark got slightly more than half way to retirement on active duty with the US Army, in infantry and special operations (Rangers) assignments before he threw it all away in a fit of pique. He holds a BS in the Russian language and area studies (useless) and an MA in National Security Studies (slightly more useful) from Georgetown University. Hobbies include expressing complex mathematics through interpretive dance, dental hygiene and aardvarks.

Anthony Cormack
(United Kingdom) is currently a student in the Department of War Studies, King's College, London. He has been a member of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies since 1999. In November 2004, he was elected a junior member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His areas of interest include strategic theory, insurgency/counterinsurgency and regional security in the Middle East and Asia, as well as military history. He accepts his distinctly junior status and relatively lacklustre CV with style and aplomb coupled with native good humour and is in no way being eaten away to the very core of his dark, leaden, loveless heart by corrosive and insatiable self-hate and a galloping inferiority complex. Heavens, no.

Michael P. Noonan
(United States) is research fellow (defense policy) and deputy director of the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He holds a commission in the U.S. Army Reserve, is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. He is currently a PhD candidate in political science at Loyola University Chicago, where his dissertation examines special operations forces and civil-military relations in the United States. When not studying "guns and bombs stuff" (read: national and international security issues) for a living he devotes his time to being an all round nice guy, the Philadelphia Phillies, buying Aloha shirts, and wondering whether his wife will let him live like a student when the mid-life crisis kicks in.