Ronald S. Mangum, J.D., M.A. (BG (Ret.) USA), graduated from Northwestern University (B.A., History), Northwestern University Law School (J.D., Law), andNorwich University (M.A., Diplomacy and Military Science). He retired as a Brigadier General from the United States Army in 2004. During a 35 year career Ron commanded at every level from Special Forces "A" Detachment through joint theater-level combatant component commander. His last assignment was in South Korea for three years as Commanding General, Special Operations Command Korea; Commander, United Nations Special Operations Component; and Deputy Commanding General ROK/U.S. Combined Unconventional Warfare Task Force, comprised of approximately 18,000 ROK and U.S. special operations forces. He is qualified in the military specialties of Infantry, Special Forces, Armor, Engineer, Military Intelligence and Civil Affairs, and his military schooling includes Airborne (Master Parachutist), Ranger, Special Forces, SCUBA and Pathfinder. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, General Officer Capstone Course and the General Officer/Flag Officer Joint Warfighting Course. He has been an instructor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, a guest lecturer at the U.S. Army Military Academy, West Point, and has published a number of articles on various military topics. He currently teaches National Security Studies at American Military University.
Between active duty stints, Ron served in the U.S. Army Reserve, and was managing partner of a nationally recognized law firm in Chicago, Illinois. He was an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University, University of Illinois (Chicago), Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University of Chicago, and the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois. He is a member of the Federal Trial Bar and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, U.S. Federal District Courts, U.S. Tax Court and the Supreme Courts of the States of Illinois and Wisconsin.
His most recent career posting was consulting in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia as Senior Military Advisor to the Ministry of Defense, advising the Georgian government on the development of its military and leading toward NATO membership. He is currently the Country Director (Chief of Party) of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Armenia, advising the Ministry of Justice, Armenian Judiciary and Legal Professionals on improving the Armenian legal system.
Terry Tucker, Ph.D.
Terry Tucker is a senior military analyst for Yorktown Systems Group and writes lessons learned for the US Army Center for Army Lessons Learned and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. He is also a senior analyst for Wikistrat, a global geopolitical marketplace for analysis and is on the editorial board of Read-online.org. Terry has authored two books: The Operational Art of Counterinsurgency, and US Counterinsurgency Methods and the Global War on Terror. He has also published articles in the Journal of International Affairs, Small Wars Journal, Infantry, and in Strategy and Tactics. He was an embedded counterinsurgency trainer and advisor to the Afghan National Security Forces, and then a trainer and advisor at the Counterinsurgency Training Center-Kabul, and provided training and operational planning assistance to ISAF and NTM-A. He is a professor of History at Brandman University, Monterey, California; he has a PhD in History and a MA in Military Studies (History). Terry currently resides in Marina, California,
Dr Don Heath D.Sc. Manager Technical Support Norma Precision AB
On the losing side in 5 wars.
I was Born in Rhodesia and managed to miss most of the bush war except for being blown up in a landmine and getting a chunk from an RPG 7 stuck through my skull into my brain. The 'Dissident' war that opened up 9 months After Mugabe came to power in Zimbabwe (December 1980) was my first 'real war'. There were no winners, only a debate over who lost the most. I was shot at by the North Korean troops propping up the Mugabe regime, and the South African backed 'dissidents' as well as sundry bandits taking advantage of the general lawlessness to make a quick profit. I was mainly working on a Rabies outbreak at the time and this involved working in isolated rural areas usually with only a single companion. Being white, and driving a Government marked vehicle I was fair game for all. The atrocities committed by the Korean led Government troops were beyond belief and they made several determined efforts to kill me so I couldn't take pictures or report to the media what was going on. It was a hard survival school. I also took the opportunity to transfer from the local police reserve into Police forensics. My basic biology degree being deemed what was necessary. I gradually moved more into the forensic ballistics section.
In 1987 peace finally returned and I got on with my Masters degree, but the Rhino war started up the following year. Being a research officer, the actual fighting wasn't supposed to be my job, but when you are losing, any officer who will help is welcome. It was a wasted effort. The poaching was controlled by 8 men, one of whom was the vice president of Zimbabwe and another the Director of the National Parks dept. The Chief Investigations officer for the Dept later proved to be a South African intelligence officer who was fully involved in protecting the poaching operations in the South East of the country. In hind sight it was a war we had lost before we started. I picked up a bullet through the right shoulder, another through the right leg and a couple of bad Phosphorous burns. The price one pays for trying to lead demoralised and pathetically trained troops in any sort of action.
In 1993 I took a 3 month break to go to Somalia with the UN peacekeepers as a forensics' specialist. There was no peace to keep, and that war still drags on.
With the economic collapse in Zimbabwe in 1999 my position as Senior Ecologist at head office was untenable. They simply couldn't have a white man in such a position and after several months of fairly intense harassment I left and went hunting. I took a short break in 2004 to go as a forensic specialist to the middle east...another war without end.
The rapid decline in game populations in Zimbabwe, the influx of illegal operators and the break-down of so much of the infrastructure, as well as getting married and suddenly having a family to think about caused me to accept a post with Norma Precision in Sweden as R&D manager - my first job where you don't need someone or something dead to call it a successful day.
Pierre van der Walt
Pierre van der Walt is the CEO of Pathfinder Adventure Books, which specializes in the hard copy and electronic publication of books on military history and experiences as well as firearms and hunting books for the international soldier and hunter communities. He is a happily immature South African farm boy without any wish to grow up, a useless former border war era combat officer in the then SADF, a retired lawyer of the High Court of SA, a part-time professional hunter and published author of two meaningless books and countless forgotten articles on firearms, ballistics, hunting and some military stuff. He was a founder executive, national secretary and trustee of the pro-gun group SAGA (SA Gunowner's Association) and is an honorary life member of that body, as well as the black dominated GOSA (Gunowners of SA), BASA (Big Bore Association of SA) and the Lowveld Hunter's Association for services rendered to the SA firearms and hunting industries.
He was the founder editor of SCI's Safari Times Africa, PHASA News (for the Professional Hunter's Association of SA) and the Big Bore Journal and co-owns the oldest South African firearms and hunting expo: Aim & Wild.
He represented the SA firearms community at the SA Law Commission's hearings during the writing of the South African Constitution.
He also served on pro-gun delegations of the NFA (National Firearms Forum), SAGA and SCI (Safari Club International) to the RSA Parliament, the Safety & Security Committee, the Minister of Safety & Security and the South African Police Services, during the implementation of the abortive Firearms Control Act of SA. He was further appointed by the US based World Sport Shooting Forum to represent the interests of sport hunters at the UN driven Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in West Africa in 2001, all places where his big mouth could not stem the anti-gun high-tide in politician minds.
His disillusioned claim to fame is that his unpublished research on the history of firearms ownership in the RSA has mostly been acknowledged and quoted by his opponents, Gun-Free South Africa!
He succeeded in finding a wife and getting married, fathered two children with the aid of technology and a tolerant bank manager, and is still regularly permitted into the family residence over weekends.
DeGeorges, Paul Andre
Dr. DeGeorges is an ecologist whose primary experience is in Africa and to a lesser degree the Caribbean and Central America. He specializes in big picture policy and planning with over 30 years in Africa. Former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (1973-1975), working on the Lakes of El Salvador just before the civil war, and USEPA employee (1975-1977) living among Cajun crawl fishermen in the Atchafalaya swamps of Louisiana where he captained a 40 foot live aboard houseboat and flew Huey helicopter sampling missions 3-4x/year. He has a background in river basin planning (1977-1988) with the Senegal and Gambia River Basin Development Organizations (OMVS/OMVG). At the OMVG he was the environmental advisor to the countries of Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Conakry and eventually Guinea Bissau. As the former environmental advisor to USAID in the Caribbean (1988-1990) & East/Southern Africa (1990-1992), he was involved with inter-disciplinary design teams; and undertook policy analyses and concept papers in the areas of sustainable agriculture; parks and people; tropical forest management versus agro forestry; wildlife, game ranching, livestock and range management; artisanal and industrial fishing; urban and industrial pollution; and coastal zone conservation. He is a former National Delegate representing gun enthusiasts, hunters and fishermen from the 2,000+ member Centerville Chapter of The Izaak Walton League of America, one of the oldest conservation organizations in the U.S.
Representing 30,000 international hunters, he opened and managed Safari Club International's first overseas Africa Office in Pretoria (1995-2001) where he worked with governments, rural communities, safari operators, NGOs and academics from major hunting countries across the sub-continent in promoting wildlife as a key land use and catalyst for conservation and development. He helped establish the African Advisory Board (AAB) where key stakeholders came together once a year at Victoria Falls to discuss key conservation policy issues related to wildlife, hunting and rural development. From 2002-2008, he helped establish Project Noah at the Department of Nature Conservation, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Pretoria, South Africa, designed to train students from rural wildlife/hunting areas in the sustainable management of game and its habitat, returning them to educate and sensitize their communities to what they have and to develop sustainable use programs linked to game management. Students in this program have come from Cameroon, Tanzania, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe. He was also involved in teaching Freshwater Management and Game Utilization I & II.
He was selected to Marquis' 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 Who's Who in the World and 2009, 2010 & 2011 Who's Who in America. Co-author of 7 volume book, A critical evaluation of conservation and development in Sub-Saharan Africa and The Development of Taliban Factions in Afghanistan and Pakistan: A Geographical Account February 2010, as well as a number of peer reviewed papers. He did not study Africa but lived it, diving up and down its coastlines, climbing its glacier covered peaks, and hunting big game while sitting around campfires in professional hunting camps, as well as with traditional hunters "poachers", sleeping in villages among Pygmies, Maka, Nama, Dozo, Mandinka, Fulani, Maasai and other hunting cultures that helped him develop an African perspective on key conservation and development issues. Retired from TUT in early 2008, he hunts, fishes, clams, crabs and writes on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Khalid Aziz joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1969. He has accumulated years of experience as a field officer. He was Political Agent of Khyber, Orakzai and North Waziristan tribal agencies. He was also Deputy Commissioner of Mardan and Peshawar and later Commissioner of Peshawar, Kohat and D.I Khan Divisions. He headed the economic development of NWFP and tribal areas for six years as its Additional Chief Secretary and latter became Chief Secretary of NWFP & FATA in 1996.
He was the Chief Negotiator of NWFP for the successful distribution of the Indus River Water amongst the provinces in 1991. As Chief Secretary, he pioneered the introduction of adult franchise in tribal areas for the 1997 general elections. He was also the first Director General of Accountability, when the post was created in 1998. He remained Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister for Accountability.
He now heads the Regional Institute of Policy Research & Training, Peshawar an independent think tank assisting in training, advocacy and formulating alternate policy proposals. RIPORT also carries out research as well as projects in conflict affected areas aimed at improving social, security and political conditions in the region. More information is available at www.riport.org.
He was a member of the Pak-Afghan Peace Jirga that was convened in Kabul in 2007 for finding ways to end conflict in the region. He remained an advisor on capacity building for FATA (Tribal Areas of Pakistan).
The KPK government appointed him as its Advisor to National Finance Commission in August 2009. He also advises the KPK Govt on Energy and Natural Resources issues and other matters.
Khalid Aziz holds a Master's degree in Political Science from Peshawar University and has studied both at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. From the latter he obtained an M.Phil in Development Studies in 1981.
Agha H. Amin - Senior Fellow
Retired Tank corps major who served in five tank regiments and commanded an independent tank squadron and served in various staff , instructional and research assignmemts.
Author Pakistan Army till 1965, History of Pakistan Army, Sepoy Rebellion of 1857-59,The Essential Clausewitz,Developmemt of Taliban Factions in Afghanistan and Pakistan,Taliban War in Afghanistan.
Carried out various oil and gas and power transmission line surveys in West Asia.
Editor Monthly Security and Intelligence Report.
MAJ GULLY, Robert C.
A native of Northern California Gully enlisted in the Infantry and served in West Germany with border duty as the Berlin Wall and Communism fell. Gully then served in support of Operation Desert Storm. His 22 year career with the US Army and SOF has taken him to many countries in Europe and the Middle East. He holds a degree in History and is completing graduate studies in Unconventional Warfare/Special Operations-Low Intensity Conflict. His current assignment is instructing deploying troops on COIN and host nation Advisorship for the 162d Infantry Training Brigade, Foreign Security Force Combat Advisor (FSF CA) as a Division Chief/Instructor for the Directorate of Cultural Influence and Counter-Insurgency (DCC) in this brigade.
Author and Foreign Correspondent
David Loyn is a foreign correspondent for the BBC who has won major awards for both TV and radio reporting during 30 years in the field, including Britain's premier award as Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year. He has covered conflict across the world, including in Iraq, Kashmir, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Gaza, and has secured unparalleled access to the war in Afghanistan. He was the only foreign journalist with the Taliban when they took Kabul in 1996, and has traveled with them, on assignment in southern Afghanistan in the war since 9/11.
His first book Frontline - the true story of the mavericks who changed the face of news reporting was shortlisted for the Orwell prize.
David Loyn has three sons and lives in London.
Dr. Mark Moyar
Dr. Mark Moyar is Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Marine Corps University. An expert on counterinsurgency, leadership, military history, and foreign policy, he speaks frequently to military officers and civilian officials at all levels. His books include A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq (Yale University Press, 2009); Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965 (Cambridge University Press, 2006); and Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam (Naval Institute Press, 1997, and University of Nebraska Press, 2007). Dr. Moyar's writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Cambridge.
Triumph Forsaken, one of the most-discussed histories of the past decade, has been the subject of an academic conference and the book Triumph Revisited: Historians Battle for the Vietnam War (Routledge, 2010). Dr. Moyar is presently working on the sequel, which covers the remaining years of the war. A Question of Command ranks among the most original and influential works on counterinsurgency in recent years. General Sir David Richards, Chief of the General Staff in the UK, has written, "It is rare to read a book which combines academic excellence with such timely advice on a question of national importance. Mark Moyar has achieved this in his penetrating examination of leadership.... His perceptive analysis will have enduring value on both sides of the Atlantic for military commanders, policy-makers and historians alike."
Dr. Moyar was invited to Afghanistan in January 2010 to speak to top coalition and Afghan leaders about the leadership requirements for defeating the insurgents, and how those requirements can be met. At the conclusion of the visit, he received the Commander's Award for Civilian Service from Lieutenant General William Caldwell, the commander of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. The training mission commissioned a translation of A Question of Command into Dari and is distributing it to officers of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. Dr. Moyar has also spoken to American personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan during previous visits, and regularly lectures American officers preparing to deploy to those locations.
#1 New York Times best-selling author Brad Thor has been called "the master of thrillers," (Bookreporter.com), "as current as tomorrow's headlines," (Dan Brown), and "quite possibly the next coming of Robert Ludlum," (Chicago Tribune). His novels have been recognized as "one of the best entries into the thriller genre since the early works of Tom Clancy," (Tacoma Reporter) and as "changing the scope of the espionage novel in today's world," (Tampa Tribune). According to former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, Brad "remind[s] you that our enemies can be more clever, more patient, and more vicious than any think tank's rational projection of the future."
Brad's novels include The Lions of Lucerne, Path of the Assassin, State of the Union, Blowback, Takedown, The First Commandment, The Last Patriot, and The Apostle.
Brad has served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security's Analytic Red Cell Unit and has appeared on FOX News Channel, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS to discuss terrorism, as well as how closely his novels of international intrigue parallel the real threats facing the world today.
Prior to becoming a novelist, Brad was the award-winning Creator, Producer, Writer, and Host of the critically acclaimed international television travel series, Traveling Lite which the Chicago Tribune hailed as "Brilliant."
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Brad attended grade school at Hardey Preparatory School for Boys, high school at Francis W. Parker, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California.
A worldwide traveler, Brad has spent extensive time traveling and living abroad. Countries where Brad has lived include France (where he attended the Sorbonne), Austria, and the Greek Islands. He speaks French and has an exceptional aptitude for foreign languages.
Brad is an avid snow skier, water skier, hiker, and mountain biker. He continues to travel and loves deep-sea fishing, fly-fishing, hunting and shooting in exotic locations around the world.
Richard Wood, BA (Hons) (Rhodes), PhD (Edinburgh), FRHistS was born in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). He was educated at St George's College, Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, and Edinburgh University, Scotland. He was a Commonwealth scholar and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He was the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Research Fellow at the University of Rhodesia and a Professor of History at the University of Durban-Westville. He is undoubtedly the foremost historian and researcher on the history of Rhodesia in the decades following World War II and, with exclusive access to the hitherto closed papers of Ian Smith, has written three definitive publications: The Welensky Papers; So Far and No Further! and A Matter of Weeks Rather than Months. He is a renowned military historian, having served as a territorial soldier in the Rhodesia Regiment, and the Mapping & Research Unit of the Rhodesian Intelligence Corps. He has published The War Diaries of André Dennison (1989), numerous articles, conference papers and chapters in books. He has a lifelong interest in matters military, rugby and fly-fishing. He lives in Durban, South Africa with his wife Carole.
He carried out various oil and gas and electric transmission line studies notably the ADB sponsored CASA 1000 in 2008 and World Bank sposnored re-routing of CASA 1000 at Salang Pass as well as the UAP Line initial study.