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Status: PhD Student

Adviser: Wayne Lee and Michael Cotey Morgan

Graduate Email: zachaf@email.unc.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • BA (Art History), Columbia University, 2002
  • MMAS (Art of War / Military History), U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2016
  • M.A. (History), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2022
  • M.A. Thesis: "'Now We Must': How the U.S. Army Learned from Strategic Failure and Managed the Consequences of Institutional Decay during Its Withdrawal from the Vietnam War, 1968-1972," MA Thesis (Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2022).
  • Research Interests

    Military innovation, reform, and modernization; the convergence of military culture (and sub-cultures) and national-security policy during periods of transition; grand strategy; the post-Vietnam U.S. military; the late (global) Cold War, especially the long 1970s; historiography.

    Some Notable Publications

  • "'Now We Must': Institutional Culture and the Origins of the U.S. Army’s Post-Vietnam Recovery, Modernization, and Innovation, 1968-1976" Conference Paper, Society for Military History, Annual Meeting, Fort Worth, TX, April 2022.
  • “Learning to Win While Fighting Outnumbered: General Donn A. Starry and the Challenge of Institutional Leadership during a Period of Reform and Modernization,” Military Review (April 2017); available on-line: here
  • “Learning to Win While Fighting Outnumbered: Operational Risk in the U.S. Army, 1973-1982, and the Influence of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War,” MMAS Thesis (Fort Leavenworth, KS: U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2016); available on-line: here
  • With the Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Studies Group, Cohort I, “Testing Assumptions about the Role of Land Power in 2030,” (Washington, DC: HQ, Department of the Army, 2013).
  • With J.M. Matter, T. Takahashi, and D. Goldberg, (Spring, 2002) “Secure, Long-Term Sequestration of CO2 in Basaltic Rocks: Results from Preliminary Field and Laboratory Experiments,” Poster session presented at the Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union; available on-line: here