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Benjamin Runkle is a former paratrooper and presidential speechwriter with a Harvard PhD and a Bronze Star from Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has served as an official in the Department of Defense, as a director on the National Security Council, and as a professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee. He is currently a senior policy fellow with Artis International and an adjunct lecturer in Johns Hopkins University’s Global Security Program.

He is the author of Wanted Dead or Alive: Manhunts from Geronimo to Bin Laden (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011) and Generals in the Making: How Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Their Peers Became the Commanders Who Won WWII (Stackpole, 2019). His writing on international relations and modern conflict has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, Military History Quarterly, Joint Forces Quarterly, Small Wars Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and RealClearDefense, amongst other publications.

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