National Board of Directors



Ben Fernandes is an Army strategist currently serving as a RAND Army fellow.  Previously he served in the Army's Training and Doctrine Command where he was the Chief of Plans for the National Commission on the Future of the Army and a study manager for the Army Science Board's Robotics and Autonomous Systems Study.  Prior strategist assignments include serving as an interagency coordination officer for the National Counterterrorism Center and the Future Operations Branch Chief for a Joint Task Force in Afghanistan. Prior to becoming a Strategist, LTC Fernandes served in a variety of tactical positions in infantry and military intelligence units.  LTC Fernandes holds a Master’s degree in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University, an MBA from Auburn University, and a B.S. in international relations from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  He is currently a part-time public policy PhD student at George Mason University examining security cooperation, governance, South Asia, and the Middle East.  He is also a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.



Vice President

Will Thorne is an Army strategist currently serving at the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. Previously, he served as a strategist on the Army Staff in both the Strategy, Plans, and Policy Division as well as the Global Force Planning Division. Prior to becoming a strategist, Will was an Army medic for nine years, a communications officer, and a military intelligence officer in 3rd Special Forces Group/Special Operations Task Force – East, Afghanistan. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.






Joel L. Garrison is an Army strategist currently serving as a Detailed Inspector General in the Department of the Army Inspector General (DAIG) Systemic Inspection Division (SID).  Previously he served as an Army Congressional Fellow; legislative adviser to the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Installation, Energy, and Environment; Chief, Army National Guard Military Intelligence Readiness Branch; and Investigation Oversight Team Chief and Deputy Chief Whistleblower Reprisal Investigation and Oversight Branch (DAIG).  Prior to accepting his Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) position at the National Guard Bureau, LTC Garrison served as a traditional National Guardsmen in a variety of tactical assignments as an artillery and intelligence officer.  The 1997 Outstanding Graduate of Arkansas State University (political science), LTC Garrison holds graduate degrees from Arkansas State University (communications and community college teaching), National Intelligence University (strategic intelligence), Marine Corps University (military studies), The George Washington University (legislative affairs), and he is all-but-dissertation complete toward an EdD at The George Washington University (Education leadership). 


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Jonathan I. Gerson is an Army strategist currently serving In the Department of the Army's War Plans Division and a member of the Army National Guard.  He previously served in the National Guard Bureau as the USEUCOM / USAFRICOM desk officer for the State Partnership Program.  Prior to joining the Maryland National Guard in January 2015, Jonathan also served in the United States Army Reserve, deploying to Afghanistan in 2014.  He began his career in the regular Army, serving two tours in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division as an Infantry officer.  He holds a Master's in Public Administration from Norwich University and a Bachelor's in history from Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, GA.  




Board Member

Annah Weaver is in her first Army Strategist assignment, serving on the Army Staff, G-3/5/7.  Annah enlisted in 1998 as an Arabic Linguist and commissioned Military Intelligence in 2005. She served as an Analysis Platoon Leader and the Fires Squadron S2 for 2nd Cavalry Regiment.  She also served as the Brigade Assistant S2 and the HHC Company Commander for 2/1 Armored Division.  Annah holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.



Board Member

Duane Young is a graduate of Norwich University and Kansas State University.  He holds the Ph.D. in Defence and Security Studies from Cranfield University in the UK.  Dr. Young is also a retired Regular Army officer with twenty years’ experience in Armor, Cavalry, and Intelligence assignments in the U.S. and Germany; a graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College, and of the Defense Strategy Course at the US Army War College.  Dr. Young has taught at the National Intelligence University (NIU) in Washington, D.C. since the summer of 2004 (including its predecessors, the Joint Military Intelligence College and the National Defense Intelligence College).  He is currently an Education Consultant and Full-time Faculty Member under Contract to the Graduate Faculty of the NIU’s College of Strategic Intelligence.  At the NIU, Dr. Young currently specializes and teaches courses in National Strategy, Asymmetric Warfare, and Terrorism.  Dr. Young engages in private research and writing on Defense and Security topics, especially intelligence, and military transformation and modernization.



Board Member 

George Corbari is an Army Strategist (FA59) assigned to USCYBERCOM. Lieutenant Colonel Corbari enlisted in the Army as an Interrogator, Russian Linguist in May 1993. He was commissioned in the Army as an Air Defense officer in August of 1997 upon completion of Officer Candidate School. In 2014, he formally switched to the Strategic Plans and Policy functional area and has served in that capacity since. His background includes platoon leader, battery commander, battalion, brigade and echelons above corps-level staff positions as an Air Defense officer and division and branch chief positions as a Strategist. Additionally, LTC Corbari served as an instructor in the Center for Enhanced Performance at the United States Military Academy (USMA) where he led a team of experts in exporting performance enhancement concepts throughout the Army resulting in the development of Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness – Performance and Resiliency Education Program (CSF2-PREP). While Assigned to the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), LTC Corbari authored revisions to the AAMDC MTOE approved by the Total Army Analysis process resulting in substantial growth to all four AAMDC headquarters. In 2013 he created a comprehensive strategy for Integrated Air and Missile Defense for the Pacific theater, resulting extensive expansion and development of IAMD capabilities across USPACOM over the past 4 years.



Board Member

Ken Gleiman is an Army Strategist and former Special Forces officer with broad experience in tactical, operational, and strategic planning. In his 25 years (and counting) of service in the U.S. Army, Ken has led soldiers around the world in numerous and varied environments including Korea, Japan, Philippines, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Israel/Palestine. He has served in tactical and operational assignments in units including the 75th Regiment, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Joint Special Operations Command. His operational assignments included serving as the Director of Plans for the Special Operations component in Afghanistan and the Director of Strategy for the U.S. Security Coordinator in Jerusalem. At the strategic level, Ken served as the Director of USPACOM Commander’s Action Group, as Special Assistant to Chief of Staff of the Army, on the Joint Staff, and in Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD-P). Ken has a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s Edmund Walsh School of Public Policy and earned his PhD from Kansas State University in Security Studies. He is a plank-holder of the Army’s Strategic Planning and Policy Program (ASP3), a graduate of both the School for Advanced Military Planning (SAMS), the Art of War (AoW) program of the Command and General Staff College, and was the first USPACOM Visiting Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) in Canberra, Australia. Ken’s academic and research interests include unconventional warfare, organizational theory, and strategy. Ken is the author of several published articles and research papers in Special Operations Journal, Small Wars Journal, Military Review, The Australian, and The Strategist.   



 Board Member

Brandon J. Archuleta, Ph.D. is a U.S. Army Major currently assigned to the Pentagon as a Strategic Planner in the Army War Plans Division. Most recently, he served as an Assistant Professor of American Politics in the Department of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy at West Point. President of his West Point class, Brandon commissioned as a field artillery officer in 2006. He served as a Platoon Leader and Battalion Fire Direction Officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2007-2008) and later as a Task Force Fire Support Officer and Forward Support Company Commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan (2009-2010). His research interests include American grand strategy, national security, foreign affairs, and defense policy. Adapted from his doctoral dissertation, Brandon is currently preparing a book manuscript titled, Twenty Years of Service: The Politics of Military Pension Policy and the Long Road to Reform.


Board Member

Tim Wolfe is currently assigned to the SOCOM CWMD Fusion Cell with duty at Ft. Belvoir, as a CWMD planner. He enlisted in the Army Military Police in 1992 and commissioned into the Infantry Branch in 1998.  He then became an Army Strategist in 2007 after completing time as a Special Forces Team Leaders.  As an FA59, he completed a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Webster and another Master’s Degree in Public Policy from George Mason University and has worked as a Strategist on the Army Staff, in Geographic and Functional Combatant Commands, on National Training Mission staffs, on a Joint Special Operations Task Force, and most recently on the Russia Strategic Initiative.


Ex-Officio Board Member

Pete Schneider is an Army Strategist currently serving as the Functional Area 59 Proponent Manger in the Army Staff’s Strategic Leadership Division (DAMO-SSF). Previous Strategist assignments include serving as a legislative liaison at U.S. Cyber Command, aide-de-camp to the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), and strategic planner and analyst in USSTRATCOM’s Plans and Policy Directorate. Prior to becoming a Strategist, LTC Schneider served in a variety of leadership and staff positions as an aviation officer, to include two operational deployments to Iraq. LTC Schneider holds a B.S. in biology from Creighton University and an M.S. in industrial administration from Purdue University.