LtCol Jer Garcia


Lieutenant Colonel Jer “Jay” Garcia, representing the U.S. Marine Corps, is a National Security Affairs Fellow for the academic year 2017–2018 at the Hoover Institution.

Lieutenant Colonel Garcia is a Marine Corps Infantry Officer with prior enlisted service as a Force Reconnaissance Staff Non-­‐Commissioned Officer. He is from Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

Lieutenant Colonel Garcia has operational experience in the Asia-­‐Pacific, Europe, the Middle-­‐ East and Africa, including company command in Iraq; a foreign exchange tour with the French Army, Troupes de Marines in France; and as Battalion Assistant Operations, and Executive Officer in Afghanistan.

Additional assignments include: Antiterrorism Officer, Marine Forces Pacific/ Central Command; Resource Officer, Programs and Budget Directorate, U. S. Pacific Command; Future Operations Officer, 3rd Marine Regiment; Branch Head, Theater Engagement Branch, Operations Directorate, U. S. Pacific Command; and Executive Officer, 5th Marine Regiment. His battalion-­‐ level command was with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.

Lieutenant Colonel Garcia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Hawaii, a Master of Security Studies from the U. S. Army War College, and is a graduate of the U. S. Armed Forces Joint and Combined Warfare School.

Lieutenant Colonel Garcia’s research at Hoover will focus on national security strategy and policy concerning Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the use of Autonomous Weapon Systems (AWS) in future conflict.

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