Robert Earle has held senior positions in the U.S. foreign affairs and intelligence communities for 25 years, including serving as Ambassador John Negroponte's senior adviser in Iraq and later as his counselor when Mr. Negroponte was appointed deputy secretary of state. The recipient of the Christian A. Herter Award for outstanding contributions to American diplomacy, Mr. Earle is author of the Naval Institute Press book, Nights in the Pink Motel: An American Strategist's Pursuit of Peace in Iraq.
Norman Friedman is a consultant on global naval strategy, naval trends, and naval warfare. An internationally known military technology analyst and naval historian, he worked for a decade as an advisor to Secretaries of the Navy, and for another 10 years with a leading U.S. think tank. Dr. Friedman travels the world speaking to military and defense industry leaders, and appears frequently appears on television as a guest commentator.
Dick Couch Captain, U. S. Navy (Ret.) served five years of active duty with Navy Underwater Demolition and SEAL teams. While a platoon leader with SEAL Team One, he led the only successful POW rescue operations of the Vietnam War. In 1972 he joined the CIA, continuing service in the Naval Reserve until his retirement in 1997 with the rank of captain. He has frequently appeared as a military affairs expert on nationally-broadcast television and radio programs. A graduate of the U.S.
Andrew Lubin is an internationally recognized author and college professor - with more than 30 years of hands-on experience in logistics, international relations, national security, and international trade. Frequently embedded with Marine Corps units in Iraq and Afghanistan, he has, since 2003, spent nearly a year in the Middle East and South Asia ? and has spoken to U.S. Central Command planners on the subject of irregular warfare. Mr.