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). 




Board Member

MAJ 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.



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.