"Arguing the OE"
"Local Dynamics of War"
I am an active-duty U.S. Army colonel now serving as a professor at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA , where I teach in the Department of National Security and Strategy. As a military professional and a political theorist, my driving aim is to integrate cutting-edge, scholarly perspectives on politics, military intervention, and ethics into professional military education, military planning, and strategy formulation.
My desire is to improve military thinking along two lines. First, I want to help military professionals attain a critical understanding of the places where we go, with a special emphasis on the reciprocal causal links between violence and sociopolitical conditions. Hence, I am an advocate of "Arguing the Operational Environment (OE)." Second, I want to help military professionals--working alongside our civilian and international partners--to produce multiple, creative interventions to be applied ethically, simultaneously, and experimentally in the world. This skill is vitally necessary throughout the range of military operations. I think political science, including political theory, can help. My effort to cultivate this skill--via exposure to political science--in the military classroom is called the "Local Dynamics of War."
My research interests include:
"The closer you are to science, the more possibilities open up; the more intimate your contact with first nature, the more surprises you get, the more unexpected agencies spring up, the more margins for maneuver you obtain. Is this not the experience we all have when reading and writing scientific literature? In science, when necessity comes in, it is possibilities that are multiplied." Bruno Latour, Copenhagen, 26 Feb 2014