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Lieutenant Colonel Brian Crothers, USAF

Lt Col Crothers is a career Air Force officer of 21 years serving primarily as Professional Military Education instructor and 13 years as an engineer. His engineering career was centered around the Air Force “Warfare Centers” with assignments at the Air-, Space-, and Information Warfare centers. He held multiple positions as a Flight Commander and Chief Engineer leading teams of military and civilian personnel across a diverse range of activities including, US / allied electronic warfare (EW) capabilities assessments, treaty compliance, Foreign Military Sales with customers including Egypt, Pakistan, Taiwan, plus others; 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. Lt Col Crothers 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 are in the domestic influences of militarized intrastate and interstate conflict and the post conflict consequences of militarized intervention. He is currently an Air Force representative and Assistant Professor at the United States Naval Academy where he teaches courses in Comparative and International Politics.

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