In the summer of 2008, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates urged the lead nations in Regional Command South, Kandahar, Afghanistan of the need for coordinated civilian-military strategy development and planning. In December of that same year, the CIVMIL Cell was created with a mandate to build a regional comprehensive integrated strategy to inform military planning and fulfill Secretary Gates' vision.
There were only two military officers in this progressive staff branch, both MBAs. 1LT Russell Grant, a reserve officer, was activated and put his career at IBM Strategy & Change on hold and LT Joshua Welle, a ship driver, recently finished teaching Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy. They participated in planning at all levels - from executive meetings in Kabul to grass-root shuras - and shared their experiences with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).
1LT Russell L. Grant (USAR) and LT Joshua W. Welle (USN) served in the Civil-Military Planning Cell at the Regional Command-South Headquarters in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Russell Grant is a Senior Consultant for IBM Strategy & Change and a graduate of Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon. Joshua Welle is a Navy surface warfare officer and holds an M.A./MBA from the University of Maryland.
1LT Russell L. Grant (USAR)
Senior Consultant, IBM Strategy & Change
LT Joshua W. Welle (USN)
Surface Warfare Officer, U.S. Navy