Washington, DC, July 8, 2009 — Washington, D.C., July 8, 2009 - The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is proud to announce that Colonel Robert Killebrew, USA (Ret.), an expert on national security and military operations, has joined CNAS as Senior Fellow, and Dr. Marc Lynch, an expert on the Middle East and public diplomacy, has joined CNAS as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow.
Together, Killebrew and Lynch bring decades of experience in national security and offer unique perspectives on future security threats and the military and non-military tools for confronting them.
Colonel Killebrew is a retired Army colonel who served 30 years in a variety of assignments that included Special Forces, tours in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, XVIII Airborne Corps, high-level war planning assignments and instructor duty at the Army War College. During his active duty time, he served as a Special Forces platoon leader, an advisor to the Vietnamese airborne division, and as a battalion commander in the 82nd Airborne Division. He also served as commander of a joint task force in Central America, as the Chief of Staff/ Plans Officer to the U.S. relief mission to Rwanda, and as a special assistant in organizing the U.S.-led UN force in Haiti. His final assignment in the Army was organizing the Army's future concepts program that is still extant. As a consultant, Killebrew has served on a variety of studies on future national security threats and requirements for stability operations in future strategy. He is the author of The Left-Hand Side of the Spectrum, a major study on post-Iraq stability operations for the Center for a New American Security. Killebrew is a 1965 graduate of The Citadel and holds advanced degrees in history and international relations. He is a graduate of the Naval Staff College, taught national and military strategy at the Army War College, and is the author of numerous articles and one book on national strategy.
Dr. Marc Lynch is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. He is the author of Voices of the New Arab Public (2006), State Interests and Public Spheres: The International Politics of Jordan's Identity (1999), and writes frequently on Arab media, public diplomacy, Islamist movements, Iraq and Middle East politics for journals such as Foreign Affairs and Middle East Policy, as well as at the widely-read Middle East politics blog Abu Aardvark at Foreign Policy magazine (http://lynch.foreignpolicy.com). He received his B.A. in political science from Duke University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from Cornell University.