Virtual webinar event with Dr. Joseph Long (JSOU Learning Pathway Lead) and Dr. Susan Bryant (Georgetown University Faculty) exploring the societal implications of military exceptionalism and how it impacts the SOF Community.
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Dr. Joseph Long is a retired Special Forces officer with operational experience as a Special Forces Detachment Commander and Assistant Operations Officer in the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) deploying across the United States Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom –Afghanistan from 2003-2005. Dr. Long also served as Senior Instructor and Commander in various phases of the Special Forces Qualification Course from 2006-2009, as the Program Director for the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command from 2010-2011, and as the Group S-3 of the Special Warfare Medical Group from 2012-2014 before ending his career as the Director of Special Forces Proponency in 2019. Dr. Long is a 1997 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Master’s Degree in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School and Doctorate in Executive Leadership from the University of Charleston. His research interests include understanding the role of relational leadership in irregular and unconventional warfare and ethical decision-making in highly complex compound security environments.
Dr. Susan Bryant is the Executive Director of Strategic Education International, an educational non-profit that designs and delivers executive education programs for governments and private industry. She teaches Grand Strategy and Military History at Georgetown University and Defense Policy Making at Johns Hopkins University. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at National Defense University. Susan is a retired army colonel having served 28 years on active duty with overseas assignments in Afghanistan, Jerusalem, and South Korea. Dr. Bryant’s education includes a BSFS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service along with Masters’ Degrees from Yale University and Marine Corps University and a Doctorate in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. Dr. Bryant is a co-author Military Strategy in the 21st Century (Cambria Press, 2018) and Finding Ender: Exploring the Intersections of Creativity, Innovation and Talent Management in the United States Armed Forces (NDU Press, 2019). Her current research interests are military innovation and civil military relations.