April 04, 2022

CNAS Welcomes Tobias Switzer and Brandon Archuleta as Adjunct Senior Fellows in the Military, Veterans, and Society Program

Washington, April 4, 2022—The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to welcome Tobias Switzer and Brandon Archuleta as Adjunct Senior Fellows in the Military, Veterans, and Society Program.

“Tobias and Brandon are trusted military personnel thought leaders who will make fantastic additions to our team,” said Katherine Kuzminski, Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program. “We are fortunate to have these two experts onboard as the program examines the dynamics of the All-Volunteer Force as we approach the 50th anniversary of its implementation.”

Switzer is as an active-duty colonel in the U.S. Air Force, where he serves as a helicopter pilot and a foreign area officer for Latin America. Additionally, he is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Irregular Warfare Initiative. Previously, he served as a Military Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the International Security Program and a Senior Military Fellow at National Defense University. From 2017-2018, he commanded a NATO Special Operations Advisor Team assigned to the Afghan Special Mission Wing in Kabul, Afghanistan. Switzer also served as the Deputy Director of the Commander’s Action Group and Deputy Division Chief for Policy at United States Southern Command.

Switzer’s research focuses on U.S. military personnel policy, labor economics, and market design.

Archuleta (Ph.D.), is a U.S. Army Strategist, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University and a Clements Center National Security Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, his previous military assignments include Strategic Advisor in the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Strategic Planner in the Army War Plans Division at the Pentagon, and Assistant Professor of American Politics in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His book, Twenty Years of Service: The Politics of Military Pension Policy and the Long Road to Reform, was published by the University Press of Kansas in 2020 and provides the most comprehensive examination of U.S. military pension policy in a generation.

Archuleta’s research explores U.S. national security policy, defense strategy, and the All-Volunteer Force.

The Military, Veterans, and Society Program at CNAS produces high-impact research that informs and inspires strategic action; convenes stakeholders and hosts top-quality public and private events to shape the national conversation; and engages policymakers, industry leaders, Congress, scholars, the media, and the public about challenges and opportunities for veterans and the military community.

For more information or to request and interview, contact Cameron Edinburgh at cedinburgh@cnas.org or 202-457-9425.