LTC Marcus Ferrara

Biography: 

Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Ferrara, representing the U.S. Army, is a National Security Affairs Fellow for the academic year 2017–2018 at the Hoover Institution.

In 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Ferrara began training as a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) focused on Southeast Asia. He spent a year studying the Thai language at the Defense Language Institute before being assigned as an exchange officer to the Royal Thai Army’s Command and General Staff College in Bangkok, Thailand, from 2007 to 2008. He then earned a Master’s Degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii before being sent back to Thailand from 2010 to 2013 to serve as a security cooperation officer at the U.S. Embassy. His next assignment was at the U.S. Embassy in Laos as a Detachment Commander for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency from 2013-­‐2016. His most recent assignment was as the Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia.

Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Ferrara graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. He was commissioned as an infantry officer and served assignments with the 2nd and 25th Infantry Divisions in Hawaii, Korea, and Iraq.

His research at the Hoover Institution will focus on border conflict in Southeast Asia and its implications for U.S. foreign policy.

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No Eclipse

by LTC Marcus Ferraravia Analysis
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

An American crisis of confidence, augmented by effective Chinese propaganda, has driven the narrative of the end of the “American Century,” replaced with a Chinese one. An analysis of such metrics as demography, social stability, geography, the environment, economics, military strength and capability, and soft power belies the concept of American decline and shows that China is beset with substantial internal and international challenges that indicate continued United States dominance in world affairs.