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James E. Dolbow is a writer, Coast Guard Reserve Officer, and former defense staff writer on Capitol Hill. Recalled to active duty in 2003 to support Operation Noble Eagle, Lieutenant Dolbow served as a watch stander in the Joint Operations Command Center in Washington, D.C., coordinator of a round of port security grant applications, and leader for a harbor patrol team. Activated again in 2005, he took part in post-Hurricane Katrina operations and served as a legislative affairs analyst on the staff of Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who led those efforts. Lieutenant Doblow earned a bachelor of science degree in political science at Marymount University and a master of arts degree in national security studies from the Naval War College. A member of the USNI editorial board, his articles and letters-to-the-editor on national defense and homeland security issues have appeared in Proceedings, the Washington Post, and the Washington Times.