Hoover Announces National Security Affairs Fellows for 2005-6

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Hoover Institution director John Raisian has announced those who will participate in the National Security Affairs Fellows Program in the 2005–6 academic year.

The program offers representatives of the U.S. military and government agencies the opportunity to spend a year in intensive study at Hoover. Since the program began in 1969, more than 100 people have participated in it.

During leave from service in the U.S. Armed Forces or the U.S. Department of State, the national security fellows bring their experience in governmental service to the Hoover Institution's fellowship programs. Participants undertake independent research on topics relevant to their respective branches of government and to the practice of diplomacy. Admission to the program is based on direct nominations from each governmental branch.

The program is administered by Hoover associate director David Brady, who serves as the program's executive secretary, assisted by Joy Kelley.

This year’s participants are

Lieutenant Colonel Brian K. Buckles from the U. S. Marine Corps. Commissioned in 1987 through the NROTC program, he was designated an assault amphibian officer in 1988 and has commanded assault amphibian vehicle units at the platoon, company, and battalion level. He has participated in peacetime deployments to Korea and Okinawa and participated in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Iraqi Freedom. Lieutenant Colonel Buckles has served as an instructor and leadership officer at Officer Candidates School, during which time he served as a member of the Marine Corps Gazette's Editorial Board. He has also served as the operations officer, Headquarters Battalion, Camp Fuji, Japan. The topic of his research is the evolution of Chinese national defense in the past decade.

Commander James E. Fanell from the Department of the Navy. An intelligence officer, he has served in a variety of afloat and ashore assignments throughout the Pacific and most recently was the intelligence officer on the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier strike group, which is homeported in Japan. Commander Fanell's career has specialized in the study of the Chinese navy and naval afloat targeting. His research will focus on China's increasing energy requirements, the effect this will have on its naval growth, and the subsequent impact on stability in the Asia Pacific region.

Colonel William C. Hix from the Department of the Army. He has served in numerous command and staff positions in airborne, air assault infantry, and special forces units, was on the leading edge of army transformation with the Army After Next project, has held senior staff positions in combatant commands in Korea and the United States, served in combat in Desert Storm, and conducted peacekeeping missions in the western Sahara and the Sinai Peninsula. He comes to Hoover directly from Iraq, where he served as the chief of strategy for Multi-National Force-Iraq for 13 months. He is an army strategist with extensive experience in strategic and operational policymaking and planning in peace and war. His research will focus on the formulation and implementation of wartime strategies in the early twenty-first century.

Jonathan Moore from the Department of State. A career Foreign Service officer since 1990, Moore recently completed a three-year assignment as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Namibia. In previous assignments, he was the deputy director of the State Department’s Office of Russian Affairs (2000–2002), a congressional fellow in the Policy Office of Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (1999–2000), political/economic section chief of the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania (1995–99), desk officer in State’s Office of South Central European Affairs (1993–95), and junior officer at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade (1991–93). His research will focus on the practice of transformational diplomacy, with particular reference to the president’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

Lieutenant Colonel Scott F. Smith from the Department of the Air Force. Previously, he was deputy commander, 22nd Operations Group, McConnell AFB, Kansas, which is the air force’s most dynamic tanker group—executing every mission type from conventional aerial refueling to special operations and aeromedical evacuation. Graduating from Columbia University, Lieutenant Colonel Smith has served as an instructor, navigator, and pilot in numerous weapon systems, performing aerial refueling and airlift missions around the globe. A Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Joint Endeavor (Kosovo) veteran, Lieutenant Colonel Smith also deployed to the Middle East for Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. His research will examine Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security coordination and cooperation toward effective national defense, with an emphasis on domestic use of military assets.