AUSA Speakers' Bureau

AUSA Speakers' Bureau

Key to any of our events is securing well-informed speakers who can educate attendees and readily respond to any questions from participants.

To that end, AUSA's Speakers' Bureau provides our members with access to a group of men and women with diverse backgrounds in military history, ongoing national security concerns and anything in between. The Bureau operates to arrange speakers for chapters and other AUSA stakeholders who are in need of conference facilitators or keynote speakers. For more information, e-mail us at [email protected].

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Areas of Expertise:
  • Modern Warfare
  • Contemporary Leadership
  • Security Force Assistance
  • Counterinsurgency
  • Stability Operations
  • Service Member and Military Spouse Transition
Areas of Expertise:
  • National Guard/State governors in relation to the military
  • National Commission on the Future of the Army
  • Army engineers
  • Military construction
  • Homeland defense (DoD and state government)
  • Defense support to civil authorities
Areas of Expertise:
  • National security
  • All Army issues
  • Joint force issues
  • Pacific
  • Quality of life (pay, health care, etc.)
Areas of Expertise:
  • Training/doctrine
  • Transformational change
  • Building indigenous security forces
  • Iraq
  • Global War on Terrorism
  • Ethics of war
Areas of Expertise:
  • Science & technology
  • National Security Strategy
  • Civilian-military relations
  • BRAC
  • Joint professional military education
  • Defense industry, acquisition and innovation
  • Defense strategy and capabilities
  • Geopolitics and international security
  • European Union
  • International development
Areas of Expertise:
  • Former Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management & Comptroller
  • Financial management (incl. budget, audit, and cost and economics)
  • Budget development/execution
  • Operational and acquisition cost estimates
Areas of Expertise:
  • History of the enlisted force (1775-present)
  • NCO professional development system
  • Soldier equipping and sustainment
  • Individual and team training
  • Tactical/operational leadership
Areas of Expertise:
  • NCO and Enlisted Affairs
  • Reserve Component Relationships
  • Army Reserve Components History
  • Leadership and Training
  • Veterans Employment Issues
  • Chapter Operations
Areas of Expertise:
  • Behavioral Scientist for Special Operations, Special Forces, FBI, HIS and DEA
  • Specialist on Emotional Intelligence
  • #1 Wall Street Journal and #2 New York Times bestselling author
  • Founder of the Institute for Strategic Leadership at Drexel University
  • Faculty at the College of Executive Coaching, the National Sheriffs Association, the National Public Safety Command College, and the Criminal Justice Academy
  • International speaker on topics including: The Psychology of Leadership; Fearless Leaders; Emotional Intelligence; Inside the Mind of a Terrorist; Warrior Mindset; Breaking Bias; and Resilience
Areas of Expertise:
  • Army history and traditions
  • West Point
  • U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
  • Maneuver warfare
  • Military-to-civilian career transition
Areas of Expertise:
  • Leader Development
  • Doctrine and Transformation
  • Armored/Mechanized Warfare
  • Urban Combat/Ramadi
  • Tribal/Indigenous Force Assistance
  • Combined and Joint Operations
  • Campaign Design
  • Operation Inherent Resolve/ISIS
  • Iraq/Syria
Areas of Expertise:
  • Large organization enterprise operations and leadership
  • Talent management, Soldier for Life initiative and millennial recruitment
  • Army innovation in the Total Army to achieve technical and tactical advantage
  • Legislative and Executive Branch relations
Areas of Expertise:
  • Former Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army
  • Army Force Structure and Force Management
  • PPBE
  • Civilian Management
  • Army Policy
  • Political Transition
  • Army Engineer
  • Army Museums
Areas of Expertise:
  • Vietnam War
  • NCO affairs
  • Army Rangers/Special Forces/Infantry
Areas of Expertise:
  • Budgets
  • Program (POM)
  • Personnel
  • Corps of Engineers
  • Environmental issues
  • Capitol Hill
  • Pacific issues
  • Europe issues
Areas of Expertise:
  • U.S. Army Reserve
  • Operation Desert Storm
  • Operation Desert Shield
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
Areas of Expertise:
  • Planning, programming, budgeting, execution
  • Civilian management
  • Infrastructure/installations/BRAC
  • Equipping/logistics
  • Enterprise resource programs
  • Working capital funds
Areas of Expertise:
  • Field artillery
  • Former Program Director
  • Instructor of "How the Army Runs"
Areas of Expertise:
  • Materiel acquisition and logistics
  • Military training and doctrine
  • Ground combat
  • Combat vehicles
  • Vietnam War
Areas of Expertise:
  • Intelligence Operations
  • Global War on Terrorism: Al Qaeda/ISIS and Affiliates
  • European Union/NATO
  • U.S. Army Reserve
  • Army Warrant Officers - History and Technical Expertise
  • Military to Civilian Career Transition
  • Wounded, injured & ill Military/Veterans (R.N.)
  • Women in the Military
Areas of Expertise:
  • Joint strategic planning
  • Executive Branch policy development
  • Interagency affairs
  • ISIS/Al Qaeda
  • Middle East affairs (Iraq, Syria, etc.)

AUSA Authors

Areas of Expertise:
  • Counterinsurgency Operations at the Operational/Tactical Level of Command
  • War Termination Strategies
  • World War II and Special Operations HIstory and Narratives
  • Leadership and Organizational Theories and Practices for the Military and Civilian Corporations
  • National Military Strategy

Author of Forging a Special Operations Force: The US Army Rangers and Beyond Guns and Steel: A War Termination Strategy

Dominic Caraccilo served nearly six years in combat in command roles culminating a 27-year career as the Deputy Commander of the 101st Airborne Division. He has written seven books; two are AUSA sponsored. In retirement, he has extensive C-Level, Director, and Management experience for companies including Amazon and Facebook.

Areas of Expertise:
  • WWII, Mediterranean and European Theaters of Operations
  • US Military History
  • Early Modern Warfare
  • Military Education

Author of Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith and co-author of Ranger: A Soldier's Life

D.K.R. Crosswell, holder of the COL Richard Hallock Chair in Military History, Columbus State University, has contributed two books to the American Warriors Series: Beetle: The Life of General Walter Bedell Smith, awarded the Army Historical Foundation's 2010 Distinguished Award for Military Biography, and Ranger, co-authored with COL (Ret.) Ralph Puckett.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Russian army during World War I
  • Russian Civil War
  • Red Army's theory of operational art
  • Red Army during World War II
  • Postwar Soviet army

Editor and translator of Malinovskii: Hero of the Soviet Union and the Soviet General Staff series: The Iasi-Kishinev Operation: The Red Army's Summer Offensive into the Balkans, The Budapest Operation 1945: An Operational Strategic Study, Operation Bagration: The Rout of the German Forces in Belorussia, The Berlin Operation 1945, The Battle of Kursk: The Red Army's Defensive Operations and Counter-Offensive, July–August 1943, Prelude to Berlin: The Red Army's Offensive Operations in Poland and Eastern Germany, Rollback: The Red Army's Winter Offensive Along the Southwestern Strategic Direction, 1942–43, and The Battle of Moscow: The Red Army's Defensive Operations and Counter-Offensive Along the Moscow Strategic Direction

Richard W. Harrison received his doctorate in War Studies from King's College London in 1994. He is the author of two works dealing with the development of the Red Army's theory of operational art and is the editor/translator of a series of Soviet Army General Staff studies of major operations during World War II. He has also taught Russian and military history at the university level.

Areas of Expertise:
  • U.S. Army
  • Field Artillery
  • Missile Defense
  • Computer Hacking
  • Women in the Military

Author of Homer Lea: American Soldier of Fortune

Lawrence M. Kaplan is a professional military historian who has worked for both the U.S. Army and Department of Defense (1989–present). He is currently the Command Historian for U.S. Army Cyber Command. He has a Ph.D. in American History from Kansas State University (1987).

Areas of Expertise:
  • Medieval English Literature
  • Poetry
  • Ethics and Philosophy of Sport
  • Frontline Medical/Surgical Care in World War II
  • World War II in Italy, 1943-44

Editor of Battlefield Surgeon: Life and Death on the Front Lines of World War II

Christopher B. Kennedy is Senior Deputy Director of Athletics at Duke University, where he is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of English and teaches in Duke's Kenan Institute of Ethics. He earned his A.B. and M.A. degrees in English from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. from Duke in Old English Literature.

Areas of Expertise:
  • World War II
  • American Civil War
  • American Diplomatic and Military History
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Studies

Editor of From Omaha Beach to Dawson's Ridge: The Combat Journal of Captain Joe Dawson; author of Old Glory Stories: American Combat Leadership in World War II

Colonel Cole C. Kingseed, USA (Ret.), Ph.D. is a thirty-year Army veteran who commanded at the platoon, company, and battalion level. The former chief of Military History Division at the U.S. Military Academy and a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, Colonel Kingseed is the New York Times best-selling author of Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters and five other books, including Conversations with Major Dick Winters.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Military History
  • Public Affairs

Author of The Lost Battalion of Tet: Breakout of the 2/12th Cavalry at Hue

A native of Saginaw, Michigan and a graduate of the University of Michigan (1959), Charles A. Krohn received an ROTC commission in the Army's Transportation Corp. He served in Korea, Germany, and had two tours in Vietnam, having transferred to Infantry. He retired as a lieutenant colonel. Among his awards are the Silver Star, Legion of Merit and Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters. He is now retired in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Air power studies
  • Soviet studies
  • Civil-military relations
  • Cold War air power
  • USAF history

Author of Architect of Air Power: General Laurence S. Kuter and the Birth of the US Air Force

Dr. Brian D. Laslie is Deputy Command Historian, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command. He received his Bachelor's degree in history from The Citadel in 2001 and his Doctorate from Kansas State University in 2013.

Areas of Expertise:
  • The First Gulf War
  • Artillery systems in combat
  • Joint and combined operations
  • Middle East and Soviet studies
  • National security policy

Author of Desert Redleg: Artillery Warfare in the First Gulf War

Colonel (Ret) L. Scott Lingamfelter is a career officer (1973–2002) who served in 1st Infantry Division during the 1991 Gulf War. After retiring, he served 16 years in the Virginia General Assembly. He graduated from VMI (BA, 1973) and the University of Virginia (MA, 1981) and now writes professionally.

Areas of Expertise:
  • NATO Military Strategy
  • Emerging Russian Operational Approach in Europe
  • World War One
  • The American Civil War
  • World War Two

Author of Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne

Colonel Douglas V. Mastriano, Ph.D., began his career along the Iron Curtain in Germany. He witnessed the end of the Cold War, deployed to Desert Storm with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, and subsequently served in tactical, operational, and strategic assignments. COL Mastriano was commissioned in 1986, has four master's degrees and a Ph.D. in Military History. A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, COL Mastriano is the author of the acclaimed and award-winning book, Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne and Thunder in the Argonne.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Military Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership
  • American Foreign Relations
  • American History
  • General Colin Powell

Co-author of The Art of Command

Jeffrey J. Matthews is George F. Jewett Distinguished Professor at the University of Puget Sound. He has published three books: The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell, Alanson B. Houghton: Ambassador of the New Era, and Blacksheep Leadership.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Civil War West Point
  • Past President and Fellow of the Military Operations Research Society
  • Bull Run Civil War Round Table Executive Committee
  • Civil War tour guide Northern Virginia
  • Civil War education and preservation

Author of For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862

Brian R. McEnany graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1962 and served in artillery assignments in Germany, Korea, the United States, and in combat in Vietnam. A retired lieutenant colonel and operations research analyst, he is the author of several historical articles, co-author of a tour guide, and a book about West Point during the Civil War. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Vietnam War
  • Special Forces
  • Cross-border operations

Co-author of Bait: The Battle of Kham Duc

Jim McLeroy is a retired international banker. In 1967 and 1968 he was an Army Special Forces Airborne Ranger (Green Beret) officer in I Corps, Vietnam.

Areas of Expertise:
  • American Cavalry Doctrine 1900-1945
  • American Operational Military History 1939-1945
  • Doctrinal and technological developments in the Interwar Era (1918-1939)
  • Napoleonic Military History
  • American Civil War and Reconstruction

Author of Sabers through the Reich: World War II Corps Cavalry from Normandy to the Elbe

William S. Nance is currently an active duty Armor Officer. He taught military history at the United States Military Academy from 2011 to 2014. Earning his Ph.D. in 2014, his first book Sabers Through the Reich was published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2017.

Areas of Expertise:
  • PTSD
  • Traumatic Brain Disorders
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Physical Disorders

Co-author of When the Warrior Returns: Making the Transition at Home

Walter Penk, PhD, ABPP, is Professor in Psychiatry/Behavioral Sciences, Texas A&M College of Medicine. He specializes in treatment and rehabilitation, publishing 170 articles and book chapters empirically-validating PTSD and TBI. Dr. Penk was awarded 2015 Life Achievement Gold Medal for Practice in Psychology by American Psychological Foundation.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Vietnam War
  • Legal aspects of modern warfare

Co-author of Bait: The Battle of Kham Duc

Greg Sanders served as an infantry officer with the Americal (23rd Infantry) Division in Vietnam and currently serves as a JAG Officer (Lieutenant Colonel) with the California State Guard.

Areas of Expertise:
  • American Civil War, especially Generals Forrest and Sherman
  • Special Forces/Special Operations Forces
  • Smart munitions
  • Night vision
  • Conflict modeling

Author of Sherman Invades Georgia: Planning the North Georgia Campaign Using a Modern Perspective

BG (Ret.) John R. Scales served as an infantry lieutenant in Vietnam and commanded a CJSOTF in Afghanistan; most of his career was spent in National Guard Special Forces. In civilian life, he was a senior systems engineer, earning a Ph.D. and receiving five patents. He is the author of three military history books.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Vietnam War
  • Post-Cold War Eastern Europe
  • Germany
  • NATO

Author of The Blackhorse in Vietnam: The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam and Cambodia, 1966-1972

Donald Snedeker is the historian for the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia. He served as the speechwriter for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1989 and 1990.

Areas of Expertise:
  • European theater of WWII
  • 1st Infantry Division
  • British and Irish history
  • Military strategy

Author of Jacob L. Devers: A General's Life

Professor Scott Wheeler is a retired Army Colonel who served in Army aviation and armor units in Vietnam, Europe, and the United States. He served as the chief of the International History Division of the Department of History at the United States Military Academy and has written five books, including The Big Red One: America's Legendary 1st Infantry Division from World War I to Desert Storm.

Areas of Expertise:
  • The Vietnam War
  • Counterinsurgency
  • The Cold War
  • Post-Vietnam U.S. Army
  • Joint and Combined Operations

Author of Generals of the Army: Marshall, MacArthur, Eisenhower, Arnold, Bradley

Dr. James H. Willbanks is the General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a Vietnam veteran who served twenty-three years in the Army. He is the author or editor of fifteen books on the Vietnam War and other aspects of military history.

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