January 12, 2023

Senior Contributors

David J. Armor

Dr. David Armor is a Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he also served on the faculty as Assistant and Associate Professor from 1965 to 1972. Following a Visiting Professorship at UCLA from 1972 to 1973, Professor Armor joined the Rand Corporation as a Senior Social Scientist, where he conducted research on substance abuse, education, health, and military manpower policy from 1973 to 1982. He was a candidate for Congress in 1982, and in 1985 he was elected to the Los Angeles Board of Education. From 1986 to 1989 Professor Armor was Principal Deputy and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management and Personnel. He has conducted research and written widely in the general area of social policy, with special emphasis on education, civil rights and military manpower issues. Between 1999 and 2005 he served on several National Academy of Science committees studying various issues in military recruiting.

Jarrod Chlapowski

Jarrod S. Chlapowski received his bachelors degree in political science from North Georgia College & State University and completed masters coursework in international relations at the University of South Carolina. He currently lives in Arlington, VA and serves as the Development and Outreach Director for Servicemembers United. He has appeared as a guest on CNN, 60 Minutes, PBS, and various other media outlets to discuss military personnel policy issues.

Christopher Gross

Bio forthcoming…

Dennis Laich

Retired Major General Dennis Laich had a distinguished 35-year career in the Army Reserve, 14 of which were spent in various command positions, the last as commander of the 94 th Regional Readiness Command in Ft. Devens, MA. MG Laich holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Lafayette College, and master’s degrees from West Virginia University and St. Francis College in Business Administration and Labor Relations. He completed postgraduate studies at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is a graduate of the Army War College. MG Laich is currently serving as Ohio Dominican University’s PATRIOTS Program Director.

Michael Listner

Michael Listner earned a bachelor of science degree in computer information systems from Franklin Pierce University in 1998 and a juris doctorate from Regent University School of Law in 2001. He was admitted to practice law in New Hampshire in 2003.  Michael has published articles and essays on the topic in legal and online journals, which have been cited in numerous scholarly papers and by various think tanks.  Michael provides legal and policy analysis on issues relating to space law and policy.

Alexander Nicholson

J. Alexander Nicholson III holds a bachelors degree in international relations from the University of South Carolina, the state from which he originally hails, and a masters degree in public administration from North Georgia College & State University. He is currently ABD on his Ph.D. in political science, also from the University of South Carolina, and has studied at the American University in Cairo as a Boren Scholar. Alex served for five years as the Executive Director of the Washington, D.C.-based organization Servicemembers United and has served for two years on the Board of Directors of the Boren Forum, the alumni association for the Department of Defense’s National Security Education Program. He has appeared as a guest commentator on defense policy issues on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, and more.

George Reed

Before joining the faculty of the University of San Diego in 2007, George Reed, Ph.D., served for 27 years as an Army officer, including six years as the director of Command and Leadership Studies at the United States Army War College. He teaches courses in leadership and organizational theory. Recent publications include “Toxic leadership” in Military Review, “Leadership and systems thinking” in Organizational Leadership, Joyce Munro (Ed.), “Abu Ghraib, administrative evil, and moral inversion: The value of putting cruelty first” with Guy Adams and Daniel Balfour in Public Administration Review. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Parameters and is a reviewer for The American Review of Public Administration.

Chrystie Flournoy Swiney

Bio forthcoming…

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