Contributing Editors

Contributing Editors

Tami Davis Biddle

Retired Professor of History and National Security Strategy, US Army War College

Jacqueline "Jackie" Deal

Cofounder of the American Academy for Strategic Education (AASE.org) ⯀ President of the Long Term Strategy Group

Steven Metz

Professor of National Security and Strategy at the US Army War College ⯀ Nonresident Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Jacob N. Shapiro

Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Patricia M. Shields

Texas State University System Regents’ Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University

Tami Davis Biddle

Retired Professor of History and National Security Strategy, US Army War College

Jacqueline "Jackie" Deal

Cofounder of the American Academy for Strategic Education (AASE.org) ⯀ President of the Long Term Strategy Group

Steven Metz

Professor of National Security and Strategy at the US Army War College ⯀ Nonresident Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Jacob N. Shapiro

Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Patricia M. Shields

Texas State University System Regents’ Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University

Tami Davis Biddle

Retired Professor of History and National Security Strategy, US Army War College

A recipient of the US Army’s Superior Civilian Service Award, Biddle retired from the US Army War College (USAWC) in July 2021 as Elihu Root Chair of Military Studies. She served as chair of the USAWC Faculty Council from 2014–16 and was the director of the USAWC’s War, Policy, and National Security Course from 2018–21. Biddle arrived at the USAWC as the 2001–2 Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History at the Army’s Military History Institute. Previously, she taught in the department of history at Duke University.

She received her PhD in history from Yale University and has held fellowships from Harvard University, the Social Science Research Council, and the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum.

Biddle’s research focuses on warfare in the twentieth century. Her book, Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare: The Evolution of British and American Ideas about Strategic Bombing, 1914–1945 (2002) was a Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” for 2002. She is currently writing Taking Command: The United States at War, 1941–45. She has written two monographs, Grand Strategy: What Students and Practitioners Need to Know (2015), and Air Power and Warfare: A Century of Theory and History (2019).

Biddle is the author of the chapter on Anglo-American strategic bombing for The Cambridge History of the Second World War (2015); “On the Crest of Fear: The V-2s, the Battle of the Bulge and the End of the War in Europe,” Journal of Military History (January 2019); and “Coercion Theory: A Basic Introduction for Practitioners” in the Texas National Security Review (February 2020). She helped research and appeared in the 2020 BBC and PBS film “Bombing Auschwitz” and has appeared in several episodes of “Greatest Events of World War II in Colour” (Netflix). Biddle has recorded podcasts with Strategy Bridge, Horns of a Dilemma, and War Room (USAWC), among others.

Jacqueline “Jackie” Deal

Cofounder of the American Academy for Strategic Education (AASE.org) ⯀ President of the Long Term Strategy Group

Deal has testified on multiple occasions before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, most recently at a hearing on the centennial of the Chinese Communist Party. Her writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Journal of Strategic Studies, the National Interest, the New York Times, and Politico, among other outlets.

Deal is a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and holds a bachelor of arts (summa cum laude) from Harvard University and a master of philosophy and a PhD from the University of Oxford (New College). 

Steven Metz

Professor of National Security and Strategy at the US Army War College ⯀ Nonresident Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Prior to his current position, Metz was with the US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, where he served as director of research, chairman of the Regional Strategy Department, research director for the Joint Strategic Landpower Task Force, director of the Future of American Strategy Project, and project director for the Army Iraq Stabilization Strategic Assessment.

Metz has also served as faculty of the Air War College, the US Army Command and General Staff College, and several universities. He has testified in both houses of Congress and spoken on military and security issues around the world. He served on the advisory panel for the Secretary of Defense Strategic Portfolio Review for Close Combat Capabilities, the RAND Insurgency Board, the Senior Advisory Panel on Special Forces – Conventional Forces Interdependence, and as a nonresident fellow at the Modern War Institute.

Metz is the author of Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy (2008) and many publications on strategic futures, insurgency, military strategy, and defense policy. He is currently writing a book on the future of insurgency.

Jacob N. Shapiro

Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Shapiro directs the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, a multi-university consortium that supports research on politically motivated violence in countries around the world. His research covers conflict, economic development, misinformation, and security policy. Shapiro received the 2016 Karl Deutsch Award from the International Studies Association, given to a scholar younger than 40, or within 10 years of earning a PhD, who has made the most significant contribution to the study of international relations. Shapiro holds a PhD in political science and a master of arts in economics from Stanford University. He earned a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Michigan and is a veteran of the US Navy. He is the author of The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations (2013) and the coauthor of Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict (2018). Published in a broad range of academic and policy journals and edited volumes, Shapiro has conducted field research and large-scale policy evaluations in Afghanistan, Colombia, India, and Pakistan.

Patricia M. Shields

Texas State University System Regents’ Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University

Shields directed the Master of Public Administration Program for 17 years. She has edited the highly regarded military journal Armed Forces & Society since 2000. In 2020 and 2021 she was the president and chair of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society.

Shields has published widely in the field of military studies on topics such as recruitment, civil military relations, veterans, women in the military, peacekeeping, and research methods for military studies. She has published four books and more than 70 journal articles and book chapters. She is a national award-winning teacher and researcher who became a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2019. Shields’s books include: Step by Step: Building a Research Paper (2004), A Playbook for Research Methods: Integrating Conceptual Frameworks and Project Management (2013), and Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Military Studies (2016). Her most recent book is Jane Addams: Progressive Pioneer of Peace, Philosophy, Sociology, Social Work and Public Administration (2017).

She received her bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Maryland College Park and a master of arts in economics and a PhD in public administration from Ohio State University.