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ACSC Department of Airpower


About the Department:

The Department of Airpower is comprised of a civilian-military faculty team which ensures that the ACSC curriculum meets professional military education objectives in emerging air, space, and cyberspace power topics. Each year, we educate and instruct approximately 500 resident students including select U.S. and international field grade officers as well as their civilian counterparts. Specifically, the department analyzes the development of airpower and the organizations, capabilities, and strategies inherent in its employment. By educating students on the effective application of airpower in past and present military operations, our graduates are capable of interpreting and forecasting the role that air, space, and cyber assets can play in future military operations. More than anything else, the Department of Airpower identifies the key lessons of Airpower heritage, and how they are useful to the modern Airpower leader in terms of theory, doctrine, strategy, and technology.

Department Leadership

                          Department Chair:


Dr. John Terino is the Chairman of the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). At ACSC, he teaches courses on Leadership and Warfare, Airpower, the Practice of Command, Joint Warfare Planning, Joint Air Planning, and an elective on the Air Force in Fact, Fiction, and Film. Prior to teaching at ACSC, he was a professor at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS). While at SAASS, he directed the school’s course on Technology and Military Innovation, courses on Airpower History, and the institution’s wargaming activities. He is currently researching a comprehensive history of the Joint Strike Fighter Program. Dr. Terino’s dissertation explores interactions of the military-industrial-academic complex in the early Cold War and Vietnam eras and the development of biological warfare under the purview of the USAF. Before coming to Air University, he taught for four years at the Air Force Academy in the Department of History. He retired from the Air Force in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel in 2008 after serving for almost 23 years. He received his Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. In his spare time, John enjoys officiating cross country and track and field, reading, and attending the cinema.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Airpower, USAF History, History of Technology, Military History.

                           Deputy Chair:


Lt Col Andrew Swartzer is the Deputy Department Chair for the Department of Airpower at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He received his commission through Auburn University’s AFROTC program in 1998. His operational background is in both the missile and space career fields. As a Minuteman III ICBM Crew Commander assigned to the alternate command post on September 11, 2001, he was responsible for leading the USSTRATCOM-directed posturing of the 91st Space Wing’s 150 ICBMs in response to terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. As a space officer, he is a Distinguished Graduate of the Global Positioning System’s (GPS) Satellite Vehicle Operator (SVO) training. He served as an SVO for the 2nd Space Operations Squadron where he delivered unprecedented GPS navigation accuracy during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Lt Col Swartzer has served as a PME instructor at both Squadron Officer School and the Air Command and Staff College. He has served two joint tours at USJFCOM and USSTRATCOM and is a fully Joint Qualified Officer.


Research Interest/Expertise: Lt Col Swartzer’s interests are in WWII, Space, and Cold War History. He holds Master’s Degrees in Information Resources Management and Adult Education.

                          Director of Staff:


Maj Matthew Humphrey is an Instructor of Airpower at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and the Director of Staff for the Department of Airpower, coordinating staff activities toward meeting curriculum objectives. Maj Humphrey earned his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the Pennsylvania State University in 2003 and has held various leadership positions at the squadron, group, and wing levels throughout his career. He is a senior pilot with over 3,800 total flight hours in the T-1A, T-6A, and C-17A. A majority of his flight time has been dedicated to instructing and training the current and future generations of airmen. In that process, he has participated in numerous operations, deployments, and contingencies including Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn, and Unified Response. In addition, to his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering, Maj Humphrey has two Master’s degrees. The first is a Master’s of Aeronautical Science with a specialization in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; the second is a Master’s of Military Operational Art and Science from Air University’s ACSC resident program.


Research Interest/Expertise: History of Technology, Aviation History, Military History, Leadership Studies

                          Airpower I Course Director:


Dr. Trevor Albertson is an Assistant Professor at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and the Assistant Course Director for the Airpower I course. Dr. Albertson has taught at other institutions, including the United States Air Force Academy. He earned a PhD from the University of California, Merced, with a major field of 20th Century United States Political-Diplomatic history, a Masters in International Affairs from the Catholic University of America, and graduated cum laude from Norwich University. In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. Albertson has published in multiple scholarly periodicals, and he is completing a book on Curtis E. LeMay and the SAC commander’s advocacy for justified nuclear preemption. In his professional life he has served as a congressional staffer, a Deputy Secretary of a cabinet department of California state government, and as a civilian with the Department of Defense. Dr. Albertson is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a current reserve officer.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Airpower strategy, Airpower History, Political-Diplomatic History, and history of key military leaders.


                         Airpower I Deputy Course Director:


Dr. Jordan R. Hayworth is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies at Air University's Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He teaches the Airpower I and Airpower II courses for the Department of Airpower. Hayworth received his B.A. in History from High Point University in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in European History from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he studied under Dr. Michael V. Leggiere as a Student Fellow of the Military History Center. Dr. Hayworth's article, "Evolution or Revolution on the Battlefield? The Sambre and Meuse Army in 1794," was published by War in History in 2014. He recently authored a book chapter on the French Way of War for an edited volume on Napoleon and the Operational Art of War published by Brill. His doctoral dissertation won the 2016 Edward M. Coffman First Manuscript Prize through the Society for Military History and will be published by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Press.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Early Modern and Modern Military History, Political and Diplomatic History, French History.


                         Airpower I Course Assistant:


Lt Col Cliff Scruggs is an Instructor of Air Power and Leadership at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), where he currently serves as the Air Power One Deputy Course Director and previously served on the Leadership course team.  Lt Col Scruggs is an Aircraft Maintenance Officer with over 23 years of logistics experience including 8 years enlisted.  He has held numerous leadership positions prior to coming to ACSC.  Most recently, he completed three AFSOC squadron command tours including two in garrison and one deployed squadron command tour at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.  Prior to command, Lt Col Scruggs served on the Headquarters International Security Assistance Force on the CJ33 staff in Kabul, Afghanistan and has also served on five contingency operational deployments and completed three overseas short tours.  Lt Col Scruggs holds a Masters of Aeronautical Science Degree and has extensive aircraft maintenance experience including the A-10, AC-130H, AC-130W, C-5, C-17, CV-22, F-16, F-22, F-35, MC-130J, MQ-1, MQ-9 and T-38 airframes. 

Research Interest/Expertise:  Research interest areas include Airpower History from World War One to Operation Enduring Freedom and Leadership in the private, public and military sectors.  Lt Col Scruggs has one published article in a professional journal.  

                           Airpower II Course Director:


Lt Col Sean Klimek, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Military Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College. Lt Col Klimek completed his PhD in History at Florida State University where he researched the role of the US Army Air Corps during the early development of the airborne. He also completed a Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree from Air Command and Staff College, as well as a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from St. Mary’s University where he was a distinguished graduate. Lt Col Klimek is a senior navigator with over 1,800 flight hours in C-130E/H and T-43A aircraft. He deployed numerous times in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom and has over 400 combat flight hours in the C-130.


Research Interest/Expertise: Military History, Airpower History, WWII, International Relations, US History, Modern European History

                          Airpower II Deputy Course Director:


Maj Josh Klemen is an Academic Instructor and Advisor in the Department of Airpower at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He is an Aerospace Control Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force with specialties in Air Traffic Control and Forward Air Control. He has held numerous joint positions in collective readiness training, individual training and deployed operations related to the provision of air support to ground forces. Maj Klemen is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada (BSc) and ACSC (Master of Military Operational Art and Science).


Research Interest/Expertise: Airpower History and Theory, Close Air Support History

                         Airpower II Course Assistant:


Major Donald A. Seablom is an instructor in the Department of Airpower at the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base. Major Seablom was born and raised in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He entered the Air Force in June 2003 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He soon realized he did not enjoy flying airplanes at pilot training, was reclassified as a communication officer, and received orders to Nellis AFB where he worked in TV production and served as an executive officer. He then began the lengthy cross-training process to become a Special Tactics Officer, only to suffer an injury that prevented completion of training. He remained in the Special Tactics environment, working as a mission support flight commander, Special Tactics Group Director of Communications and Logistics, and squadron commander. Additionally, he has deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq as a communicator, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan as an executive officer, and Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti as a Joint Task Force J6. Prior to his tenure at Air Command and Staff College, he was the Commander at the 724th Special Tactics Support Squadron, Fort Bragg, NC. He attended Air Command and Staff College and graduated in 2016. Additionally, he received an online masters in IT Management. 


Research Interest/Expertise: Airpower history with a smattering of leadership, as well as the role of mission support enabling combat operations.

 

  Department Faculty 

 

Dr. Everett Carl Dolman is Professor of Comparative Military Studies at the US Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). His focus is on international relations and theory, and he has been identified as Air University’s first space theorist. Dr. Dolman began his career as an intelligence analyst for the National Security Agency, and moved to the United States Space Command in 1986. In 1991, he received the Director of Central Intelligence’s Outstanding Intelligence Analyst award. Dr. Dolman received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. He then taught international relations and international political economy at The College of William & Mary, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and Berry College before taking his current position at Maxwell AFB in Alabama. Dr. Dolman received the Air Force’s Educator of the Year Award for 2003/04. His published works include Astropolitik: Classical Geopolitics in the Space Age (2002); The Warrior State: How Military Organization Structures Politics (2004), Pure Strategy: Power and Principle in the Information Age (2005), and Can Science End War? (2015). He has written numerous book chapters as well as articles for the Journal of Strategic Studies, Comparative Strategy, Journal of Small Wars and Insurgencies, Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, Citizenship Studies, Politics and Society, Journal of Political and Military Sociology, and The Air and Space Power Review. Dr. Dolman is also co-founder and editor emeritus of Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Power and Policy.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Military Strategy, Space and Cyber Power, Civil-Military Relations, Intelligence, Military Theory and Philosophy


Visit the Space Horizons Research Group (SHRG) homepage.

Dr. S. Mike Pavelec returned to ACSC Department of Airpower after three years at the Joint Advanced Warfighting School in Norfolk, VA. Prior to that Dr. Pavelec taught at the Naval War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS). He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2004 and teaches graduate-level courses in military and diplomatic history, international relations, and security studies. He has three books in print and three under contract. He is currently writing a survey of American military history, due to be published this year. His follow-on project is on airpower in World War One, with a focus on the Gallipoli campaign. His passion is motorcycles.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Airpower, Space, Cyber, Technology, Theory, Strategy, and the Philosophy of War

 

Michael E. Weaver, Ph.D. is an associate professor of history who specializes in the history of war and warfare. He is the author of Guard Wars: The 28th Infantry Division in World War II (Indiana University Press, 2010), as well as five articles. His most recent are “The Relationship between Diplomacy and Military Force: An Example from the Cuban Missile Crisis” in Diplomatic History (2014) and “Missed Opportunities before Top Gun and Red Flag” in Air Power History (2013). Earlier articles address the Air National Guard in the Berlin Crisis, economic intelligence, and the social composition of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Weaver is now completing a second book, National Policy and Air Power Effectiveness during the Vietnam War. Weaver’s skills include leading small group discussions, academic lecturing, research, and writing. His book reviews have appeared in The Journal of Military History, and H-War, among others. Prof. Weaver has taught courses on U.S. history, war & society, American military history, the Vietnam War, World War II, African-American history, international security, and air power. He received his doctorate from Temple University in 2002 having worked with Russell Weigley and Richard Immerman. Weaver also studied under William Leary, John Morrow, Jr., and Eugene Genovese at the University of Georgia. Read Full CV here.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Cold War, history of the Vietnam War, U.S. military history, aviation history, World War II, force & diplomacy, history of the United States.

Dr. Jared Donnelly is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). Dr. Donnelly received his PhD from Texas A&M University and was previously on the faculty of the International Affairs Department at the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service. Donnelly's research focuses on war and social change in Germany and Europe with a specific interest in the period since 1945.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Modern Europe, Modern Germany, European War and Society, Nazi Germany.

 

Sebastian H. Lukasik is Assistant Professor of Comparative Military Studies in the Department of Airpower at Air Command Staff College. He received a Ph.D. in American history from Duke University. He has served as Course Director for the Leadership and Warfare course and the Airpower I course. Prior to arriving at ACSC, he taught as a visiting instructor at Duke University and North Carolina State University. In addition to teaching courses in the ACSC core curriculum, he offers elective classes on Combat Motivation and Morale in Historical Perspective, Cultural History of Flight, and war and society in the era of the World Wars.


Research interests/expertise: Military culture; combat motivation and morale in modern warfare; the First World War; cultural history of flight; grand strategy and strategic culture.

Mr. Allen G. Peck is an assistant professor and faculty advisor in Air Command & Staff College (ACSC)’s Department of Airpower, where he serves as an instructor in the Genesis of Airpower and Modern Airpower core curriculum courses. He also serves as faculty research advisor for an ACSC seminar. Peck co-teaches a joint Air War College/ Air Command & Staff College joint elective, the Airpower Vistas Research Task Force. Prior to assuming the ACSC faculty position, Peck served as director of the Air Force Research Institute at Maxwell AFB. Prior to these positions, he served for 36 years on active duty in the USAF. He was qualified as an instructor and evaluator in the F-15, and completed two assignments on the Air Staff and a joint assignment at US Central Command. He commanded an air operations group in Germany, an air expeditionary wing in Saudi Arabia, and the Air and Space Expeditionary Force Center at Langley AFB. He was a key planner for NATO’s Kosovo operation, and later served as Deputy Combined Force Air Component Commander at Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar. Peck holds a BS in Mathematics from the US Air Force Academy, an MS in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and an MA from Salve Regina College in International Relations.

 

Research Interests/Expertise: Air Superiority and Command & Control of Airpower

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Dr. Edwin Redman, Colonel, USAF, Retired, is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). Dr. Redman is a Command Pilot with tours in each of the Air Force’s bomber aircraft. He served as an instructor pilot in the T-38, B-1 and B-2, and flew combat missions in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 in the B-2. He is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, ACSC, and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. Following SAASS, Dr. Redman attended Duke University, where he received his PhD in History. His last operational assignment was Deputy Commander, 509th Operations Group, Whiteman Air Force Base. He completed his active-duty service at Air University, holding several positions, including Director of Warfighting Education at the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, and Director of the Grand Strategy Seminar, Air War College. He retired from the active-duty Air Force in 2014, and joined Air University as a civilian professor in 2015.


Research Interest/Expertise:
Cold War history, nuclear deterrence, civil-military relations, and US national security.

Dr. Heather Venable is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies at Air Command and Staff College. She previously was an Instructor for the Air Command and Staff College’s eSchool of Graduate Professional Military Education where she oversaw the writing of proposals and master’s theses and taught Applied Warfare Studies courses at the Joint Professional Military Education I level. As a visiting professor at the US Naval Academy, she taught naval and Marine Corps history. She graduated with a B.A. in History from Texas A&M University and a M.A. in American History from the University of Hawai’i. She received her PhD in military history from Duke University. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled ““‘It Means Something These Days to be a Marine’: How Just Another Soldier Became a Marine, 1861-1918.” Her primary research interest is the culture of military institutions. After completion of her manuscript, she will begin researching the emerging organizational culture of the Army Air Corps as it sought independence from the Army. Previous work to be published includes “‘There’s Nothing that a Marine Can’t Do’: Publicity and the Marine Corps, 1905-1917” in New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers from the Sixteenth Naval History Symposium and “The China Marines and the Crucible of the Warrior Mythos, 1900-1941” in Crucibles: Selected Readings in U.S. Marine Corps History

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Military culture and organization; U.S. Marine Corps; gender

 

Lt Col Anthony Figiera is a Senior Developmental Education student assigned to the Air Command and Staff College Instructor Fellowship program. He is an Instructor and Academic Advisor in the Department of Airpower. Prior to his current assignment, Lt Col Figiera was the Commander of the 633d Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia where he provided overall construction, maintenance, repair and utilities support to five wings and Headquarters Air Combat Command while managing a physical plant in excess of $1.5 billion. He also served as the Commander of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron where he was charged with executing the Department of Defense’s largest Military Construction program supporting the $1.29 billion Special Operations bed down transforming Cannon into a premier Special Operations training and power projection base. Lt Col Figiera entered active duty in June 1997 as a graduate of the ROTC program at Syracuse University. He has since held a number of squadron and staff civil engineer positions and deployed three times in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. Lt Col Figiera earned a Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering in 2000 from Arizona State University and is a 2010 graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College. He is a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Wyoming.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Earthquake Engineering, Collapsible Soils and Slope Stability.

Lt Col Paul “Abbie” Hoffman is an instructor in the Department of Airpower at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College. He entered the Air Force in 1995 from the United States Air Force Academy, where he studied history. As an intelligence officer, he held various positions at the squadron, wing, and NAF levels, with an emphasis on unit-level operations, ISR management, and support to the test and evaluation communities. He deployed to Iraq in 2004 and 2006, and deployed to Kandahar Air Field in 2009 as an air advisor to the Afghan National Army Air Corps. An ACSC distinguished graduate, he joined the faculty in 2008. He is completing his doctoral dissertation in Political Science (IR and comparative politics) from Indiana University and hopes to become a fully credentialed and productive member of academic society in late 2016.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Terrorism; political violence; insurgency; contention; targeting; social movements; suicide attacks

Lt Col Jonathan Jehn is an Instructor and Academic Advisor in the Department of Airpower at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). His major responsibilities include educating mid-level officers on the profession of arms, requisites of command, nature of war, and application of air, space, and cyberspace power at the operational level of war, with a focus on leadership and strategy. Lt Col Jehn is a career Air Force Financial Management officer specializing in managing Operations and Maintenance, Research and Development and Transportation Working Capital Funds. He has extensive leadership and command experience having commanded at the squadron level three times and deployed five times.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Leadership and Command.

Lt Col Andrew Lauer is an Instructor of Airpower at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He is also the Course Director for the school’s year-long Gathering of Eagles elective which serves as a platform for community outreach and the academic year capstone event. Lt Col Lauer has over 19 years of Air Force experience in Civil Engineering, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Interpreter fields. He is a veteran of Operations Joint Forge and Allied Force, Southern and Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and a professional academic at the graduate level. He has earned three college degrees, including a BS in Civil Engineering, a MS in Business and Organizational Security Management, and a MA in Military Operational Art and Science. Lt Col Lauer’s military teaching experience includes serving twice as a mentor for the Air Force Civil Engineering Squadron Commander’s course at the Air Force Institute of Technology, and most recently as an adjunct in the newly formed Department of Leadership (ACSC). His operational experience includes assignments as a Squadron Commander, Air Staff Deputy Branch Chief, Major Command Branch Chief, Flight Commander (x4), Deputy J3 for CJTF-Troy (C-IED, Iraq), Base Civil Engineer for JTF-Bravo (USSOUTHCOM) and a French Interpreter for NATO operations over the Balkans. 


Research Interest/Expertise: Contemporary leadership challenges and airpower legends.

Lt Col Richard “Rick” Rachal is an Instructor of Airpower at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He enlisted in 1985 as an Air Intelligence Specialist, flying on the AC-130H gunship at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Selected for the Airman Scholarship and Commissioning Program, he received his commission as an AFROTC DG and attended navigator training at Mather AFB, CA. Selected to fly the C-130 Hercules, he served operational tours at Dyess AFB, TX, Yokota AB, Japan and Little Rock AFB, AR, as an instructor and evaluator. He also served on the headquarters staffs of AMC at Scott AFB, IL (as the Command Evaluator Navigator) and of 16th AF/3rd AF at Ramstein AB, Germany (as the Deputy Director for Plans and Programs). A Command Navigator/Combat Systems Officer, he has more than 3,000 flying hours in the T-37, T-43, C-130 (E,H,H1,H2, and H3 variants), LC-130, and AC-130H including 150 combat/combat support, 800 instructor and 200 evaluator hours. A 3 time graduated squadron commander, he commanded the Space Shuttle Takeoff Abort Landing site at Zaragosa, Spain (789th AES), the base support for RAF Menwith Hill, United Kingdom (421st ABS) and the Remote Piloted Aircraft operation at Arba Minch, Ethiopia (409th AEG, Det 1). He is a graduate of the ACSC AY06 class.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Military history (Roman, crusades, American); RPA, CIMIC and Air Mobility operations; Leadership/Command.

Lt Col Adam “AJ” Serafin is an Instructor in the Airpower Department at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). Lt Col Serafin is a Senior Pilot having flown various air-refueling and airlift aircraft. He served at U.S. Central Command as a staff officer working in the Plans and Policy Directorate (CCJ5) and the Deputy Commander’s Office. Prior to his staff tour, Lt Col Serafin graduated from ACSC as a Political Affairs Specialist (PAS). He has extensive Southeast Asia deployment, flying and staff, and Airlift Stage operational experience. Lt Col Serafin participated in numerous Air Mobility Command Aircrew inspections, exercises and competitions and has led a variety of Squadron and Group-level offices at Air Refueling and Airlift Wings.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Development of foreign air forces through U.S. Security Assistance (SA) programs. Application of foreign air force capabilities within a coalition or regional operations.

Lt Col Shannon Smith is an instructor of Airpower and Leadership at Air Unversity’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). Lt Col Smith is a career Security Forces (SF) officer and has commanded four SF Squadrons, cumulatively leading over 1500 SF Airmen. Additionally, he served in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as Brigade Commander and Commandant, Iraq National Police Academy, An Numinayah Training Base, Iraq. He also served in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as Defense Force Commander, Shahbaz AB, Pakistan. Lt Col Smith has extensive professional military education experience. Prior to his current assignment, he taught at the USAF’s Squadron Officer School and the USAF International Officer School where he served as the Dean of Education. He further served as Air Force Faculty Advisor and Instructor at United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico Marine Corps Base, VA. Lt Col Smith published works include co-authoring and editing AU-2, Guidelines for Command, the USAF’s official guide for squadron commanders. He is a graduate of Troy University, the Air Command and Staff College, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Leadership in Theory and Practice, US Civil War History, Theology and Christian Faith in Today’s Air Force.

Maj Hugh Gardenier is an Instructor of Airpower at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He is an Acquisition officer and a 2016 graduate of ACSC. He has worked extensively in the areas of military research and development, space technology development and space acquisition. He has served in numerous leadership positions throughout Air Force Life Cycle Management Center including Detachment Commander, Section Chief and Program Manager. Maj Gardenier received his B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Air Force Academy. He earned his M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and his M.B.A with a concentration in Project Management from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Military Research and Development, Space Technology Development and Space Acquisition

Maj R. Blake Pierce is an instructor of Airpower at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and adjunct for the “Leaders by Design” elective. Maj Pierce is a recent graduate of ACSC In-Residence and an AFSOC Navigator. His previous assignments include Group Executive Officer for the 353d Special Operations Group and Assistant Director of Operations for the 17th Special Operations Squadron, Kadena Ab, Japan. While stationed at Kadena he served as Mission Commander on multiple training missions and JCS-directed exercises. He also served as Wing Chief of Flight Safety on AMC’s busiest ramp during the Haiti disaster relief effort. Maj Pierce has held several other notable positions, deployed 5 times, and participated in numerous exercises in multiple countries. 

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Leadership, Airpower, Emotional Intelligence.

LCDR Ben Smith is an instructor of Airpower Studies at Air University's Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). LCDR Smith has served aboard both aircraft carriers (USS Enterprise) and Aegis ships (USS San Jacinto and USS Curtis Wilbur) and is qualified carrier Officer of the Deck (OOD), Anti-Air Warfare Coordinator (AAWC), Aegis Tactical Action Officer (TAO), and Ballistic Missile Defense Watch Officer (BMDWO). He has served as an instructor at Naval Nuclear Power School and Nuclear Prototype Training Unit.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Influence of religion on societies and politics, multi-disciplinary analysis.

Major Jonathan L. “JAZZ” Stinson is an Instructor of Airpower at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and Deputy Course Director for the “Gathering of Eagles” elective. Maj Stinson is a recent graduate of ACSC In-Residence and a Reserve member recalled back to Active Duty to serve as an instructor. He is the former Mission Support Commander for the 913th Airlift Group (AFRC) at Little Rock AFB, AR, and has served on various Joint operations in Washington, D.C. and with the Texas Air National Guard as an Liaison (LNO), and Director of A1 and A3. He has also served as the Air Force Liaison to the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee for the 2009 Inauguration of President Barak Obama, where he was responsible for the planning, deployment and selection of Total Force members to support operations and event execution. Maj Stinson has also served in various lead capacities at the MAJCOM, Direct Reporting Unit and Joint Operations level.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Cultural Impacts on Leadership/Organizational Development; Ancient Military History, Cultural Diversity and Higher Education Leadership/Management; Aviation History.

Major Jonathan Whittaker currently serves as Instructor, Department of Airpower, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He is responsible for instructing select US and international field grade officers and civilians on strategy, airpower theory, and leadership and command skills. Prior to serving as an instructor, Major Whittaker served as a branch chief responsible for managing manpower requirements for over 28,000 maintenance, logistics, and aerial port personnel while supporting training and deployment requirements for real world tasking’s as well as managing over 3,500 vehicles. Prior to serving as the Chief of Force Management Branch and Transportation Branch, he served as a squadron commander of a multinational unit charged with rebuilding the Afghan Air Force into a capable fighting force. He has also served as director of operations at the squadron level, and in a competitively selective program known as the USAF Logistics Career Broadening Program which is designed to expose and orient future logistics leaders to USAF program management, depot maintenance, and supply chain management disciplines. While in the program, he served in various assignments such as Deputy Commander, Deputy Chief of Supply, and as Program Manager. Prior to the USAF Logistics Career Broadening Program, Major Whittaker served as the Senior Logistics Advisor to the Iraqi Air Force at Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq. Major Whittaker is a 2016 graduate of ACSC.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Logistics, Airpower History