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Lieutenant Colonel Brian Crothers, USAF

Lt Col Crothers is a career Air Force officer of 24 years serving primarily as Professional Military Education instructor and 13 years as an electrical engineer. His engineering career centered around the Air Force’s “Warfare Centers” with assignments at the Air-, Space-, and Information Warfare centers. He has lead teams of military and civilian personnel across a diverse range of activities including, US / allied electronic warfare and information warfare (EW/IW) capabilities assessments, treaty compliance, Foreign Military Sales; operational test and evaluation, technology transfer vulnerability assessments, and human factors.

Lt Col Crothers holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan State University. He is a resident graduate of Air Command and Staff College where he also served on the faculty as Assistant Professor of Military and National Security Studies, International Security Course Director and Director of Staff Department of International Security and Military Studies. He also holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and Bachelors from the Virginia Military Institute.

Lt Col Crothers’ research interests cover the domestic political consequences of foreign militarized interventions. He has explored how variations in foreign intervention strategies relate to various political outcomes such as post conflict levels of democratization, political stability, and capacity. More recently he is exploring the domestic implications of grey zone conflict, specifically how foreign directed covert and information operations influence various domestic political outcomes within targeted states.

Lt Col Crothers currently serves as an Air Force representative and Assistant Professor at the United States Naval Academy where he teaches courses in Comparative and International Politics to include courses on interstate conflict and the politics of information technology.

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