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Colonel Eric Shirley


Eric Shirley, representing the US Army, was a national security affairs fellow for the academic year 2013–14 at the Hoover Institution.

Shirley is a 1993 graduate of the University of Arizona, where he received a bachelor of science degree in business. He holds a master’s degree in military arts and science from the US Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Shirley has served as a logistician and has deployed in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Shirley’s units of assignment include the Fourth Infantry, First Cavalry, and First Infantry Division, where he commanded the 193d Brigade Support Battalion. Shirley also served as a professor of military science at Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri. Most recently, he was deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from March 2012 to March 2013 with the First Infantry Division.

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Want To Improve Ties With Iran? Ship It FedEx

by Colonel Eric Shirley, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Atkinsvia Real Clear Markets
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

As nuclear non-proliferation talks drag on between Iran and the rest of the international community, many observers remain unconvinced about any real tangible benefit. However, the recent downward trend in relations with Russia, and a strained relationship with Pakistan, may provide a novel opportunity for us to reach a deal with Iran that will not only prove economically beneficial to U.S. taxpayers, but that could also lay the groundwork for friendlier dealings between the U.S. and Iran overall.

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Provocation in a Time of Uncertainty

by Colonel Eric Shirleyvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

As was widely anticipated, the 2015 defense budget proposal follows the narrative of the postwar drawdown of the U.S. Army. As Secretary of Defense Hagel rightly states, “The world is growing more volatile, more unpredictable, and in some instances more threatening to the United States.”