I'm a PhD Candidate-in-Residence at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University and a reserve officer in the US Marine Corps.* My academic research revolves around the determinants of military effectiveness, but I maintain broad interests in issues related to international security, US defense policy, and research methodology.

My dissertation examines the influence of military logistics on battlefield performance and tries to identify the contribution of logistics relative to other important factors (technology, preponderance, force employmentcollective identity, etc.). I expect this project to inform investment decisions in the US defense community, clarify military doctrinal debates, and further our understanding of the causal mechanisms at work in military conflict. 

I received my master's degree in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs and my bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Utah. Before graduate school, I spent about five years on active duty as a supply officer in the Marine Corps and deployed overseas twice—once as part of the "surge" in Iraq and once aboard USS PeleliuMy curriculum vitae is here, and you can follow me on Twitter here.

* The views expressed in my work and on this website are mine and do not imply endorsement by the Department of Defense, the Marine Corps, or any other institution.