Dr. Evan Wilson is currently the Associate Director of Yale's International Security Studies program and a lecturer in the History Department. His research focuses on 18th and 19th-century European militaries, and he is working on a book about British military demobilization after the Napoleonic Wars. He received his Ph.D at Oxford and has recently published his first monograph, A Social History of British Naval Officers, 1775-1815.
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, focusing on nuclear deterrence and counterproliferation of WMD's. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, and The Hill. She has previously served as a military and foreign policy advisor to Rep. Trent Franks and received an M.A. in national security and strategic policy from the Naval War College.
MCPON Mike Stevens (ret.) is currently the chief operating officer of Victory Media. He was the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, enlisting in 1983 as an aviation structural mechanic. He served as the command master chief for U.S. 2nd Fleet and the 16th Fleet Master Chief of U.S. Fleet Forces Command before being selected as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy in 2012. He is an honor graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy.
Eugene Fidell is currently the Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1969 to 1972 as a judge advocate, and has remained involved in matters of military law as president of the National Institute of Military Justice from 1991 to 2011. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1968 and has been a partner of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae and Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP since then. He has taught at Yale Law School since 1993.
Lauren Fish is currently a Research Associate with the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program and the Future of Warfare Initiative at the Center for a New American Security. Previously, she has worked as a defense fellow for Sen. Tom Cotton. She received her M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Dwight H. Sullivan is a civilian counsel at the Air Force Appellate Defense Division, where he litigates criminal appeals, and Professorial Lecturer at The George Washington University Law School. His previous positions include Chief Defense Counsel of the Office of Military Commissions and Managing Attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. He spent the first 10 years of his legal career on active duty in the United States Marine Corps.
Kate Bateman is a research analyst at the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), on a lessons learned program which aims to identify lessons from the U.S. experience in Afghanistan - and improve the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of future US interventions. Previously, worked in the State Department at the U.S. Embassy Kabul, and as a political officer on the Pakistan Desk. Kate has degrees from Johns Hopkins SAIS and Middlebury College.
Asaf Lubin is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School and a resident fellow at the YLS Information Society Project. He is a former intelligence analyst and Sergeant Major (Res.) in the Israeli Defense Force, Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellow with Privacy International, a London-based NGO, and intern with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He has degrees from the Hebrew University of Journalism in Israel and Yale Law School.
William F. Sweeney, Jr. is the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI New York Field Office. In the FBI, Mr. Sweeney has held positions such as the special assistant to the FBI’s deputy director at FBI Headquarters and special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division of the New York Field Office. Mr. Sweeney previously served in the U.S. Navy and has degrees from Villanova University and the Naval Postgraduate School.
Cynthia Miller is currently the chief of staff for human resources at the National Security Agency. She has previously served as the Chief of Staff, Information Assurance Division for NSA and as the Director of ODNI's Leadership and Development office. Before entering the intelligence community, she served in the United States Navy for 27 years as a human resources officer.
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RDML Dodgen is currently the Deputy Commander of U.S. 7th Fleet. He received his commission in 1990 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was in NROTC. He has served in both the reserves and on active duty, and has been a commanding officer on 10 tours.
Dr. Isaac Kardon is an assistant professor at the Naval War College, studying Chinese politics and law as part of the China Maritime Studies Institute. He focuses on maritime disputes, law of the sea, and Chinese foreign policy. He received his Ph.D in comparative politics from Cornell University and is working on a book titled: “Rising Power, Creeping Jurisdiction: China's Law of the Sea" based on his dissertation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.