March 25

Panel Discussion with the Council on Foreign Relations’ Military Fellows

State of the Armed Forces

March 25, 2020 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Hosted by SUNY’s Office of Global Affairs and JFEW SUNY Global Affairs Leadership Program

Curtis R. Bass

Colonel Curtis R. Bass, of the U.S. Air Force, most recently commanded the 461st Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia and the 609th Combined Air Operations Center in Southwest Asia. Bass is a master air battle manager with more than 2,500 hours in the E-3 AWACS and E-8 Joint STARS command and control aircraft. He has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing levels. He has served on the personal staff of the secretary of the air force, the commander of Air Forces Central Command, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command Operations staff. Bass received his commission in the U.S. Air Force from Mississippi State University Air Force ROTC. He holds a BA in international relations/international law from Mississippi State University, an MA in military operational art and science from Air University, and an MA in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

Michael A. Brooks

Colonel Michael A. Brooks, of the U.S. Marine Corps, has commanded in combat at the company, battalion, and brigade levels, most recently commanding a multinational special operations task force in Iraq. Brooks is a special operations officer with experience in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations. He has served in the navy secretariat and the Joint Staff within the Department of Defense. He holds a BS in political science from the Naval Academy and an MS in national security studies from the National War College.

Michael J. Jackson

Colonel Michael J. Jackson, of the U.S. Army, has served as chief for information operations and special activities at the brigade, division, theater special operations command, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) operational, and global combatant command levels. Jackson is an information operations officer with extensive experience integrating information–related capabilities across the Department of Defense, within the whole of the U.S. government, with NATO allies, and with partner nations. His assignments include positions at the U.S. European Command, Special Operations Command Europe, NATO, First Armored Division, First Infantry Division, and Second Infantry Division. His overseas assignments include Germany, Portugal, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, and Kosovo. He earned a BA from Ohio University, an MS from Naval Postgraduate School, and an MMAS from the College of International Security Affairs.

Brian L. Sittlow

Captain Brian L. Sittlow, of the U.S. Navy, commanded Submarine Squadron 4 and USS Boise and has held a variety of other leadership positions throughout his career in the submarine force. Sittlow has conducted several deployments in the Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific Oceans on fast attack and strategic ballistic missile submarines. He earned a degree in marine engineering from the Naval Academy, received an MA in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, and was the first American to complete the Norwegian Submarine Command “Perisher” Course.

Edward (Ted) St. Pierre

Captain Edward St. Pierre, of the U.S. Coast Guard, has commanded three Coast Guard cutters including the Anacapa, the Venturous, and the Morgenthau. St. Pierre’s staff assignments include Coast Guard Senate liaison, chief of the office of counter narcotics and law enforcement training at U.S. Africa Command, director of the Coast Guard National Command Center, and chief of staff to the Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander. St. Pierre is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and earned an MBA from Virginia Tech, an MS in defense and strategic studies from the Naval War College, and an MS in national security and strategic studies from the National War College.

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