Jay A. Stout, now a senior analyst in the defense industry, spent twenty years as a U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot flying F-4s and F/A-18s. During the Gulf War he flew thirty-seven combat missions. An Indiana native and 1981 graduate of Purdue University, he now lives in San Diego, California. Stout is also the author of Hornets over Kuwait, The First Hellcat Ace and Hammer from Above: Marine Air Combat over Iraq, among other books.