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ACSC Department of International Studies

About the Department:

The Department of International Security ACSC/DEI enhances students' abilities to think critically about the employment of military power in the international environment.  Our two core courses broaden students' understanding of the nature of conflict as well as the current and future threats to the United States and its allies.  The International Security I course introduces concepts and theories of international politics that enable students to understand the international security challenges civilian and military leaders face. The course also helps students recognize the cognitive frameworks and domestic political processes through which policymakers, diplomats, and commanders interpret the international security environment in order to craft and execute national policy. Students analyze and assess global and regional security issues which affect the maintenance of international order and influence the US national security agenda.  The International Security II course introduces military theory, focusing on issues such as the nature and evolution of warfare, the range of military operations, the operational art, and the future of armed conflict.  Whereas IS1 sets the context of the international environment, IS2 focuses on the military Instrument of Power within that global context.  Through this examination, field grade officers and government personnel will have the tools to apply the lessons of military theory and armed force to operational challenges facing the United States and its essential partners.

 

Department Leadership


                             Department Chair:

 

Dr. Ronald Dains currently serves as Chair, Department of International Security. He holds an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Alabama and an MAS in Aeronautical Science and BS in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. During his doctoral matriculation he specialized in International Relations with minor fields of study in American Politics and Public Administration. His dissertation, Lasswell’s Garrison State Reconsidered: Exploring a Paradigm Shift in U.S.Civilian- Military Relations Research, explored the existence of plausible indicators to determine the potential for an increasingly influential military presence in the US policymaking process. He offers elective courses in US Civil-Military Relations and Logistics and the Use of Military Force. Dr. Dains was assigned to the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) from 2005 to his retirement in 2006.

Research Interest/Expertise: International Security.

                             Deputy Chair:


Dr. Charles E. Costanzo  is an Associate Professor of International Security Studies at the Air Command and Staff College. A retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, Dr. Costanzo had assignments in ICBM operations, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as a faculty member at the US Air Force Academy. His most recent co-authored article is “Busting Myths about Nuclear Deterrence.” Previous articles include “South Asia—Danger Ahead?,” an examination of potentially destabilizing military developments between India and Pakistan, and “What’s Wrong with Zero?” and “What’s Still Wrong with Zero?”, both critical assessments of the proposal to eliminate nuclear weapons from the US arsenal. 


Research Interest/Expertise: Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and nuclear strategy and force structure.

 

                             Director of Staff:


Lt Col Wes Sweitzer is the Director of Staff of Air Command and Staff College’s Department of International Security as well as an instructor of International Security 1: Concepts and Challenges and International Security 2: The Use of Armed Force and Joint Air Operations.  He earned his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1998, and has held numerous leadership positions throughout his career including Director of Operations and Chief of Formal Training Unit Operations.  He also has extensive interagency and coalition experience as a Security Cooperation Officer at the United States Embassy, Baghdad; liaison to the UN Mission in Iraq; and advisor to Iraqi Air Force Headquarters staff general officers.  He is a Command Pilot with over 3200 flying hours, including over 300 combat hours, in assignments as a C-21A, KC-10A, and C-130E/H instructor and evaluator.        

Research Interest/Expertise: International Security.

 

Department Faculty

Lt Col Jonathan Arnett, PhD, is an associate professor of national security studies in the Department of International Security at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC).  He is presently the deputy course director of International Security 1: Concepts and Challenges.  He also teaches International Security 2: The Use of Armed Force and Joint Air Operations.  Lt Col Arnett earned his PhD in political science from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York in Albany.   He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a 2006 graduate of Air Command and Staff College. 

Research Interests:  the use of armed force and norms, terrorism, insurgency and counter-insurgency.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Bentley is a master cyberspace operations officer and a joint qualified officer who has served in a wide variety of assignments in wing, field operating agency, major command, and joint organizations.  He holds a BBA in Management from Valdosta State University and an MS in Information Resource Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology.  Prior to his current assignment, Lt Col Bentley was assigned to US Pacific Command's Strategic Outreach Directorate (J9) where he served as an interagency planner and later directed the command's public-private partnership efforts. 

 

Research interests/Expertise: Emerging technologies, technology usability, business process development and improvement, and leveraging technology and data in the workplace.

Lieutenant Colonel Anson Chiu is an Air Warfare Officer in the Republic of Singapore Airforce and joined the Department of International Security (DEI) in 2016,  following his graduation from the Air Command and Staff College (in residence) program. Prior to joining Air Command and Staff College, he has served in a variety of staff and leadership appointments at the Squadron, Operational Command, and at the Headquarters level.  Anson graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Second Class Upper Honors) in Mechatronics from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and has Masters Degree from Cranfield University, United Kingdom and Air Command and Staff College. In 2004, he was part of the Singapore's Joint Task Force and served as a liaison officer during the Tsunami Rescue and Relief Mission in Meulaboh, Indonesia.


Research Interest/Expertise: International Security.


Dr. Dan Connelly currently serves as Assistant Professor and Director of Instruction, Department of International Security. He holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from Auburn University, an MS from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and an MA from American University and BA from Trinity College  in Russian Studies. During his doctoral matriculation he specialized in Organizational and Social Psychology. He offers elective courses in Russian strategic culture and the contemporary applications of the Just War Tradition. Dr. Connelly was assigned to Squadron Officer College in 2004, returned there as Dean in 2010, and was assigned to the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) in 2015 for his last military assignment before retirement from the US Air Force.

 

Research Interest/Expertise:  Russian affairs, Just War literature, international relations theory, and philosophy and psychology of education.

Major Rebecca Corbin is an instructor of International Security Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and the Deputy Director for the Political Affairs Specialist (PAS) program.  Maj Corbin is a classroom instructor as well as a PAS mentor for those officers attending the program and moving forward to duties requiring this expertise.  She is a career Civil Engineer officer with experience across several MAJCOMs, multiple deployments, and overseas in the Republic of Korea.  Previous duties have included Readiness Flight Officer, Operations Support Element lead, AF Peninsula Asset Management Director, and Director of Operations.  Maj Corbin has a master’s degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Engineering Management, as well as a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from ACSC.  Additionally she holds an internationally recognized accreditation as a Project Management Professional (PMP).  Publications include her graduate thesis on groundwater flow analysis in constructed treatment wetland cells and a paper focused on the preparation of USAF Senior officers in strategic communication for overseas duties in wars of ideology. 

 
Research Interest/Expertise: Installations of the Future, Strategic Basing, International Partnerships for Basing Rights

 

Lt Col Scott A. Cook, PhD is  an assistant professor of public administration and public policy in Air Command and Staff College’s Department of International Security.  He has been the course director for the Regional & Cultural Studies and the Joint Forces courses.  In addition to teaching core courses, he teaches an elective on Early American Security Issues & the 21st Century Officer.  Prior to coming to Air Command and Staff College, Lt Col Cook served as a Current Air Operations Action Officer for US Pacific Command at Camp Smith Hawaii where he worked with Joint Staff and Service Component Commands to efficiently and effectively allocate over 1700 assigned aircraft.  He began his military career as a missile launch officer at FE Warren AFB Wyoming.

Research Interest/Expertise: History of American Government, Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Culture, George Washington, International Security.

 

LCDR Sean Ferguson is an Instructor of International Security Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and he is a member of the International Security Studies course team.  In addition to teaching core courses, he teaches in an elective on Small Wars.  Prior to coming to ACSC, LCDR Ferguson served as Officer in Charge, Strategic Systems Programs Fleet Support Detachment where he trained and certified Pacific and Atlantic ballistic missile submarine crews in strategic weapon system operation.  His previous tours include USS ASHEVILLE (SSN 758), Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, USS KENTUCKY (SSBN 737)(BLUE), and the Commander Submarine Force Pacific staff.


Research Interest/Expertise:  Submarine Operations, Nuclear Deterrence, Small Wars 

William Dean is an associate professor of history at the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, AL. He is a graduate of the Univ. of the South (Sewanee) and received his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago in European military and diplomatic history. He was a Chateaubriand recipient from the French government and has won the Military Officer of America Association (MOAA) award for civilian educator of the year and the Major General John Alison Award for Air Force Special Operations. He has published on French colonial warfare, intelligence, and air power issues in Revue Hisotrique des Armees, Penser les Ailes Francais, Defense Intelligence Review, and several chapters in various books.


Research Interest/Expertise: International Security.

Dr. DiPrizio earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Delaware in 2000 with a focus on international security studies and comparative politics.  After a short stint at West Virginia University, he joined the faculty at ACSC.  Dr. DiPrizio has held numerous leadership positions there and currently serves as an Associate Professor of International Security Studies in the Department of International Studies.  He teaches seminars on US national security, contemporary warfare, and Arab-Israeli conflict.  He is the author of the book Armed Humanitarians: US Interventions from Northern Iraq to Kosovo (Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, August 2002) and is currently revising his manuscript America in the World Today which introduces readers to America’s most pressing international security concerns.


Research Interest/Expertise: International Security.

William L. Dulaney is an instructor in the Department of International Security.


Research Interest/Expertise: International Security.




Dr. Kelly Grieco is an assistant professor in the Department of International Security. She holds a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her fields of specialization include international relations and security studies. She has written and published on coalition warfare and military doctrine and strategy in asymmetric warfare.


Research Interest/Expertise:  Coalition and joint warfighting, military interventions, irregular warfare, US and European grand strategies and defense policies, intelligence cooperation, and US military strategy and force structure 

 

Dr. Hampton is Professor of National Security and Course Director for the International Security I core course at the Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB. She was the Associate Dean for Academics at ACSC and has been Professor of National Security at ACSC since 2003. Prior to ACSC, Dr. Hampton was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah for 14 years, where she went immediately after receiving her PhD from UCLA. Her research focuses on International relations Theory, European security, German security and foreign policy, women and German politics, issues and identity in trans-Atlantic relations, Russian foreign policy, the media and foreign policy, and US foreign and security policy.

Dr. Hampton has written extensively on NATO, European security, German foreign, domestic, and security policy, Russian foreign policy, U.S. foreign and security policy, and identity politics in international relations.

Her co-edited book (with Donald Hancock, Vanderbilt University), The Baltic Security Puzzle: Regional Developments in Integration, Democratization and Authoritarianism, was published in 2015 by Rowman and Littlefield. Her previous book, A Thorn in Transatlantic Relations: American and European Perceptions of Threat and Security (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013), was published in 2013. She has published many articles and chapters, including “German unification: 20 Years Later”, in Carl Caldwell, ed., German Unification (Palgrave, 2011), and “Living in a World of Dangers and Strangers: Changing EU and German Perceptions of Threat” (German Politics and Society, 2011). She is currently writing an article on Putin and foreign policy and a book chapter on Russian politics.


Research Interest/Expertise: International Security.

Dr. Kevin C. Holzimmer is Professor of Comparative Military Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC).  Before his current position at ACSC, he was a research professor at the USAF Air Force Research Institute and taught at the School for Advanced Air and Space Studies.  Dr. Holzimmer has published numerous studies on World War II in the Pacific, including General Walter Krueger: Unsung Hero of the Pacific War (University Press of Kansas).  He is currently working on a book-length project that examines how the principal air, land, and sea commanders forged an effective joint team that successfully fought the Japanese in Douglas MacArthur’s Southwest Pacific Area.  In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Holzimmer has worked on recent policy concerns, first with GEN David H. Petraeus’ USCENTCOM Joint Strategic Assessment Team (9 October 2008- February 2009) and most recently conducting fieldwork in charting a U.S. Air Force strategy based upon President Obama’s famous “pivot to Asia” speech.  He holds a PhD in military history from Temple University.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: U.S. Military History; World War II—Pacific Areas; War & Society; Technology & Military Innovation; War Theory

Major Tenaya G. Humphrey is an Air Command and Staff College AY16 graduate and serves as an instructor/advisor in Air Command and Staff College’s Department of International Security. She is also the course director for the Gathering of Eagles elective, which preserves airpower legacies through research and interviews, and inspires future leaders through outreach initiatives. Prior to her tour at Air Command and Staff College, Maj Humphrey was a T-1 Evaluator Pilot and C-17 Instructor Pilot. She holds a MAS in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University, a MAS in Aeronautical Science, specializing in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle University, and a BS in Biology from the United States Air Force Academy.

Research Interest/Expertise: International Security, Warfare Studies, Political Psychology, Religion and the Use of Force, Diversity Policies. 

Wes Hutto is an Assistant Professor of Security and Military Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). His research interests include multinational military exercises as they relate to international and regional security dynamics, and institutional processes in international politics.

Research Interest/Expertise: Political Science, International / Regional Security, International Relations Theory.

             

Dr. Robert M. Kerr currently serves as the Director for the International Security 2: The Use of Armed Force course.  He holds a PhD in Political Geography from the University of Oregon, and an MA in Geosciences from the University of South Carolina.  His BA is in History with an emphasis on the Islamic World from Grand Valley State University.  In addition to teaching at ACSC, Dr. Kerr has worked at the Air Force Culture and Language Center, and taught courses at the US Air Force Special Operations School, the Senior NCOA Academy, and the Air Advisor Academy.  In 2008-2009 he spent 15 months in NE Baghdad with the 3rd Brigade 4th Infantry Division and 1st Brigade 1st Cavalry Division as an embedded political/cultural advisor.


Research Interest/Expertise:  Islamic culture and history, ethno-territoriality, geopolitics 

Lt Col Anthony Kim is an Instructor of International Security Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and co-instructor for Air University’s Homeland Security elective, which studies the changing course of National Security centering on ‘emergence’ or evolution of traditional national security as it relates to public safety.  Lt Col Kim has participated in several AU, OSD and USAF wargames focused on Future Warfare and the role of ISR in multi-theater conflict.  He is the former Reserve Advisor to the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education responsible for the management and training of the Center’s assigned Intelligence reservists and was the program manager that designed and launched the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Language Immersion Training Events currently used today.  Lt Col Kim has taught extensively throughout Air University to include ROTC, OTS, SOS, ACSC distance learning and professional continuing education classes at the LeMay Center. 

Research Interest/Expertise: Intra and Inter-Korean affairs, Japanese socio-economic development and its impact to China, Korean and Japanese military history.

Dr. Michael Kraig is Associate Professor of International Security at Air Command and Staff College, Alabama.  He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University at Buffalo, New York, with a major in international security studies and a minor in comparative politics.  Dr. Kraig served in several senior capacities with the Stanley Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan NGO devoted to advocating security policy options for the United States and its competitors that would moderate the extremes of their geopolitical disagreements. He was a frequent traveler to Washington, DC, Europe, and the Middle East to give scholarly presentations to senior policy leaders, policy analysts, and academics. His publications include the book Shaping U.S. Military Forces for the Asia Pacific: Lessons from Conflict Management in Past Great Power Eras, by Rowman & Littlefield Press, and numerous articles on US-Iran relations, nuclear deterrence in the developing world between regional rivals, and military theory and its relation to US conventional force posture in East Asia, in The Journal of Peace Research, India Review, Security Studies, and Strategic Studies Quarterly.  


Research Interest / Expertise: East Asian geopolitics, with a focus on Japan-China-Korea relations, US military planning, and Confidence- and Security-Building Measures; Military Theory and Contemporary Security Issues

John T. LaSaine, Jr., earned A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees in history from Brown University.  His primary academic field is the history of United States foreign relations, with research and teaching interests including modern military history and political-military affairs.  Dr. LaSaine has been an ACSC faculty member since 1997, serving as Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs (2003-06) and Chairman of the Department of Leadership and Strategy (2009-12).  He has also taught at the University of Georgia, the Air War College, and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.


Research Interest/ExpertiseHistory of US Foreign Policy, Modern Military History, History of International Relations.

Dr. Ann Mezzell is an assistant professor in the Department of International Security. She holds an MA in political science from the University of Alabama and PhD in political science from the University of Georgia. Her fields of specialization include international relations and comparative politics. Her research focuses on new wars, failed states, human security, humanitarian intervention, and peace enforcement. In addition to teaching the international security core courses, she offers an elective on the state and social contract theory.


Research Interest/Expertise:  new wars, failed states, human security

Wing Commander Rich Milburn currently serves as the UK Liaison Officer to ACSC and is an instructor in the Department of International Security. He holds an LL.B from the University of Durham and an MSc from Kingston University London in Aerospace Systems. His Masters’ thesis was titled Advanced Radar and Infra-red Solutions for the Detection of Rockets, Artillery and Mortars.  He graduated from ACSC AY16 with academic distinction.  Milburn is an Aerospace Battle Manager, who has spent considerable time in tactical Air Command and Control posts, including a tour of duty in Iraq in 2003 and two tours of duty in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2010.  More recently, Milburn was the Executive Officer of the UK Air C2 ISR Test and Evaluation (T&E) Squadron at RAF Waddington that is responsible for the T&E of multiple platforms including the Sentry E-3D, Sentinel R1 and the Airseeker Programme, as well as ground-based radar and tactical data links.  His final assignment prior to being at Maxwell was as the Head of the Battle Management Branch at the NATO Deployable Air Command and Control System, Recognised Picture Production Centre and Sensor Fusion Post (DARS), part of NATO’s Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC).  Milburn was assigned to the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) from 2015 to 2018.

Research Interest/Expertise:  The EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy

Lt Col John Raczkowski currently serves as the Deputy Director, Political-Military Affairs Strategist Program and an Instructor in the Department of International Security. He holds an MA in American History from the American Military University, a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College and a BS in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. A thirty year Air Force veteran, Lt Col Raczkowski has held a variety of positions from both the enlisted and officer ranks. He has taught at Air Command and Staff College for five years. 

Research Interest/Expertise: International Security.
Dr. Barbara Salera holds a PhD in political science from Washington State University and is currently assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Security and Military Studies at Air Command and Staff College.
Dr. Salera is a former National Security Education Program Boren Fellow and has conducted extensive field work in Tanzania and Malawi. She speaks four languages including Swahili and much of her field work in Tanzania was conducted in Swahili which she then translated into English. Dr. Salera has presented at conferences in the US, Switzerland, Tanzania and Malawi, and has given guest lectures on politics, state-building, and democratization of sub-Saharan Africa. She has also written and published in the areas of the pedagogy of teaching political science, democratization and statebuilding in the developing world, military assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa, cyber security and humanitarian assistance.

Research Interest/Expertise: International Security.
Lt Col Thomas Ira Savoie is an instructor/advisor in the Department of International Security and Military Studies; part of the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC).  He has held a variety of engineering and program management positions in the areas of space launch operations, test and evaluation software planning systems, combat training systems development and remotely piloted vehicle autonomous control development.  He has taught USAF officer professional military education at the basic and intermediate level and also worked in foreign security assistance at the combatant command level.  At ACSC he has taught air power, leadership, international studies, warfare studies and cultural studies as well as the Blue Horizons elective on future technology.

Research Interest/Expertise: International Security.

Dr Matthew R. Schwonek is associate professor of Comparative Military Studies in the Department of International Security of Air Command and Staff College.  In the College he has held positions as course director, while he currently serves as director of the exchange with the Polish National Defense University.  He teaches core courses on international security and military theory as well as electives/research seminars on the First World War and Politics and Security in Central Europe.  He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in East Central European and Russian History from The Ohio State University, where he formerly served as assistant director of the Center For Slavic and East European Studies.  He is the author of several articles, essays, and reviews on the armed forces of Poland published in The Journal of Military History, Przegląd historyczny, War in History, the Polish Review, and the Journal of Slavic Military Studies.  He currently serves on the editorial board of Przegląd wojskowo-historyczny (Warsaw).  In progress is a biography of Gen. Kazimierz Sosnkowski (1885-1967).

Research Interest/Expertise: European Military and Diplomatic History, Military Thought and Strategy, Poland, Southeastern Europe, Russia.

     

Lt Col Eltressa D. Spencer, DBA is an instructor at Air Command and Staff College’s Department of International Security (DEI). She holds a doctorate degree in Global Business Sustainability and is a recent graduate of Air War College (AWC) in-residence program at Maxwell AFB, AL. In addition to teaching International Security Courses I and II, Lt Col Spencer is also DEI’s budget representative and is an adjunct for the International Officer School.  Prior to attending AWC in-residence, she was assigned as the Defense Support of Civil Authorities Lead Planner and Functional Plans Deputy Branch Chief at US Pacific Command at Camp Smith Hawaii.  She began her military career as an enlisted Information Management Specialist at Goodfellow AFB, TX.

Research Interest/Expertise: Qualitative research on an Air Force Green Building Policy and Sustainable Design, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, organizational and corporate culture, and social entrepreneurship.         

Dr. Jonathan Zartman is an associate professor in the Department of International Security at Air Command and Staff College. He received his Ph. D. in 2004 from the University of Denver. His dissertation entitled, “Political Transitions in Central Asia: Authoritarianism versus Power-Sharing” explained the peace agreement that ended the Tajik civil war.  During the academic year 2000-2001, he taught International Relations, International Economics, and American Foreign Policy at the Technological University of Tajikistan. He also worked as a volunteer for the French humanitarian organization “Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development,” the newspaper “Tojikistan,” helping the Foreign Minister of Tajikistan, and initiating the cultural journal for peace, “Fonus.” In 2005-2006 he taught American Studies and Global Affairs at the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages in Samarkand, Uzbekistan while working on a curriculum development project as a Fulbright Fellow. He has also traveled for research and consultations in Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, and Oman. His published articles and conference presentations cover the topics of Islam, culture, social movements, civil wars, conflict analysis, and durable peace settlements.

Research Interests: The role of ideas, identity, ideology, and peace-building. He is presently working on a book “Language and Dialogue in Islam.”