Faculty and Staff

Ambassadors. Defense policy analysts. Intelligence officers. Former military. Industry experts.

These are the people who teach your classes.

Our faculty have worked and continue to work in vital roles: Departments of Defense, State and Homeland Security, Capitol Hill, intelligence agencies and more.


Dr. John P. Rose

PhD, University of Southern California. Brigadier General, U.S. Army (ret.); Director, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany; Director of Requirements, U.S. Army, Pentagon.

Dr. Ilan I. Berman

JD, American University. Vice President for Policy, American Foreign Policy Council; Editor, Journal of International Security Affairs; Adjunct Professor, National Defense University, Ft. Leslie McNair (DC); Adjunct Professor, American University.

Dennis J. Bowden

MA, Indiana University. Logistics Management Institute, Account Executive for Intelligence Programs (2013-Present); Central Intelligence Agency, Directorate of Intelligence Director (2008-2011); 26 years working in the intelligence field.

Lisa Bronson

JD, Cornell Law School. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, Technology Security Policy and Counterproliferation Policy; Director, Defense Technology Administration; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, European and NATO Policy.

Dr. David M. Claborn

Dr. David M. Claborn

Professor, Director of Master of Public Health Program

Doctor of Public Health, Uniformed Services University. Associate Professor of Public Health and Homeland Security; Assistant Professor, Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Biometry, US Navy Entomologist, Environmental & Preventive Medicine Unit #7, Italy.

Dr. Peppino A. DeBiaso

PhD, University of Southern California. Director, Office of Missile Defense Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon (2000-Present).

Joseph R. DeTrani

U.S. Ambassador, Special envoy for Six-Party Talks with North Korea; US Representative to the Korea Energy Development Organization; Associate Director of National Intelligence and Director of National Counter Proliferation Center.

Dr. Michaela Dodge

PhD, George Mason University. U.S. Senate professional staff, Senate Armed Services Committee; Heritage Foundation; Research Fellow, International Institute for Political Science, Masaryk University (Czech Republic).

Dr. Gary L. Geipel

PhD, Columbia University. Senior Advisor, Executive Communications, Eli Lilly and Company; Senior Director, Global Oncology Corporate Affairs, Eli Lilly and Company, Vice President & CEO, Hudson Institute; Analyst, Central Intelligence Agency.

Dr. Robert G. Joseph

US Ambassador. PhD, Columbia University. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security; Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Proliferation Strategy, Counterproliferation Homeland Defense, Nat. Security Council.

Dr. Kerry M. Kartchner

PhD, Univ. of Southern California. Served 26 years at the U.S. Department of State in positions including Senior Advisor for Strategic Planning, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation; Chief, Division of Strategy and Policy Studies.

Dr. James D. Kiras

PhD, University of Reading. Professor, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base; Strategy, Concepts and Initiatives Team, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon.

Dr. Susan J. Koch

PhD, Harvard University. Department of State, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Arms Control; National Security Council Staff, Director for Proliferation Strategy.

Dr. Brian M. Mazanec

PhD, George Mason University. Assistant Director, Government Accountability Office (GAO), Defense Capabilities and Management Team, supporting Congress, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. John M. Mattox

Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University; Director, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Graduate Fellowship Program

Curtis D. McGiffin

Colonel, USAF, Retired. MS, Joint Military Intelligence College/National Intelligence University. MAS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Associate Dean of Strategic Force Studies at US Air Force Institute of Technology.

Dr. Jared McKinney

PhD, Nanyang Technological University, School of International Studies, Singapore (2020); John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, National Security Analysis Department (2013); American Enterprise Institute, Defense Policy Research (2012).

Amanda R. Moodie

MS, Tufts University. Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (2014-present); Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Biological Policy Staff, Department of State (2016).

Dr. Amy J. Nelson

PhD, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley. Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, National Defense University; German Council on Foreign Relations, Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow, Berlin, Germany.

Dr. Keith B. Payne

PhD, Univ. of Southern California. Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Policy; Chairman, US Strategic Command’s Senior Advisory Group, Strategy Policy Panel; Faculty, Georgetown University.

David G. Peck

MA, Johns Hopkins University. CIA (28 years) handling national security issues, ranging from assessing Soviet strategic nuclear forces, collapse of the Soviet Union to Islamic terrorism; Consultant, Director of National Intelligence.

Dr. Andrei Y. Shoumikhin

PhD, US and Canada Studies Institute (Moscow, Russia). USSR Academy of Sciences; Director, Washington Office of the Moscow Public Science Foundation; Head of the Middle East Policy Section, USA & Canada Institute; Delegation, USSR Mission to the UN.

David J. Trachtenberg

Nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he served until July 2019, the Honorable David Trachtenberg totals more than 40 years of public policy experience.

Other per course faculty

Dr. Richard Downie

  • PhD, University of Southern California. Director, Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University (2004 – 2010); Director, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), Columbus, GA (2001-2004); Defense and Army Attache’, U.S. Embassy, Mexico City, Mexico (1999-2001); Operations Officer, Multinational Peacekeeping Unit, Sarajevo, Bosnia (1998); Chief of Politico-Military Affairs for North America, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (J-5), Washington, DC (1996-1998); Chief of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Southern Command, Panama (1993-1995).

Dr. Tobias Gibson​​​​​​​

  • ​​​​​​​Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. John Langton Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science; founding Director of the Security Studies Program, Westminster College. Former Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M University. 
  • A professional academic, Dr. Gibson’s research and teaching focus on executive power, national security institutions, national security law, and terrorism. Previously, he was a Regular Contributor to TheHill.com; Texas A&M Online Homeland Security Certificate Program, Instructor and Subject Matter Expert; and National Security Network Non-Resident Fellow. ​​​​​​​He is the co-editor of the forthcoming Contextualizing Security: A Reader, University of Georgia Press. His recent work has also appeared in several books, including: Sustainable Planet: Issues and Solutions for our Environment’s Future; Environmental Security: Concepts, Challenges, and Case Studies; Homeland Security: Foundations in Law and Policy, 2nd ed.; and The Guide to the Study of Intelligence

Dr. Robert E. McCreight

  • PhD, George Mason University. Senior Policy Advisor, National Security Division, Battelle; Acting Deputy Director, Office of Technology and Assessments, Bureau of Verification and Compliance, U.S. Department of State (2002-04); White House-Homeland Security Council Scenario Planning (2002); Deputy Director, Office of International Science Cooperation, U.S. Department of State (2000-02).

Dr. Petr Suchy

  • Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, Faculty of Social Studies Department Head, Department of International Relations & European Studies, 2006-Present.


Kathy L. Fedorchak

Scholarship Coordinator; Senior Student and Staff Coordinator.

Julie A. Jeffrey

Doctoral Program Coordinator; Finance and Accounting Coordinator.

Darci W. Nelson

Ft. Leonard Wood CBRN Officer Advanced Course Program Coordinator; Social Media Coordinator.

Caron D. Tolton

Senior Staff Coordinator; Department Master’s Degree and Certificate Program Coordinator