Brute Krulak Center for Innovation & Future Warfare
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Marine Corps University
Quantico, Virginia


Inspired by its namesake, the Brute Krulak Center for Innovation & Future Warfare enables an interdisciplinary approach to complex problem solving, fosters an environment that enhances our collective warfighting capability, and facilitates and encourages novel solutions to current and future warfighting challenges in order to expand the Corps’ competitive edge and improve our warfighting effectiveness.


In step with General Gray's vision and MCU's strategic plan, the Krulak Center is viewed as an indispensable asset to MCU and the wider Marine Corps, is utilized to its capacity as a research support center, and serves as an incubator of academic innovation and mentation. We are widely recognized throughout the Corps and beyond as a critical and creative thinking Center and integrator.

Read the official Krulak Center Charter HERE.


Director of Middle East Studies:  Dr. Amin Tarzi

Dr. Tarzi’s areas of interest include the Middle East and South/Central Asia—including the impact of regional policies in these regions on U.S. national security and interests, history and historical narratives, state-building and borderization, and counter- and nonproliferation of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems.  He earned his Ph.D. and MA degrees from the Department of Middle East Studies at New York University, and earned his BA in philosophy and political science from Queens College in New York City.

Research Assistant Professor at Middle East Studies:  Dr. Christopher Anzalone

Dr. Anzalone studied at George Mason University completing a B.A. double major in History and Religious Studies. He did graduate work at Indiana University, Bloomington, completing an M.A. in Near Eastern studies, and earned his doctorate through McGill University in Islamic Studies with a primary geographical focus on the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa (particularly East Africa), and additional research on South Asia. His main research focuses broadly on contemporary Islam and Muslim societies with a particular interest on Islamic political thought and different Muslim social and political movements. Dr. Anzalone has special interest in radical and militant Islamist movements and organizations, both Sunni and Shi'ite, and issues of sectarianism in Islam.

Director of Wargaming, Mr. Tim Barrick

Tim Barrick served in the Marine Corps for 29 years, retiring as a Colonel in Spring 2021. He served in a wide range of billets including command of 1st Tank Battalion and the Marine Corps Tactics & Operations Group. He also served in key planning positions on the staffs of Marine Forces Japan, Marine Forces Europe & Africa, and deployed on three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He served as a brigade advisor team lead working with Afghan security forces in 2011-12. In his last tour on active duty, he was the Wargaming Director for the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, focused on analyzing future warfighting and the Marine Corps’ force design. He is also the lead designer for the Operational Wargame System and its Assassin’s Mace and Zapad game modules which examine great power conflict at the tactical and operational levels of war. He is also a leading innovator for commercial wargaming tools in professional military education. He is a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps War College and the Naval War College, and an honor graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School. He also served as the Director of Leaders & Ethics at the Marine Corps War College. In addition to his masters degrees from these PME schools, he also earned a master’s degree in Military Studies in Land Warfare from American Military University and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Political Science.

Operations Officer, Major Nate "Kiwi" Jaenichen

Maj Jaenichen came to the Krulak Center from the MAGTF Staff Training Program, where he was the Aviation and Wargaming SME. He started his career as a CH-46E pilot stationed in Okinawa with HMM-265 doing multiple 31st MEU deployments and graduated from the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course. He then transitioned to the UH-1Y and served with HMLA-469, HMLA-169 (where he deployed with VMM-161(REIN) on the 15th MEU), and was a part of the reestablishment of HMLA-775. Within the squadron, Maj Jaenichen shared his time between Operations and Maintenance. Prior to MSTP he was a student at the Army’s Command and General Staff College. He has a BS in History from the Naval Academy and a MS in Data Analytics from the University of Maryland. He enjoys gaming of all types (especially board games), hockey, Formula 1, recently started woodworking, and is a Docent at the Marine Corps Museum. Maj Jaenichen is married and they have a high school sophomore.

Director of the Center for Regional & Security Studies, Major John S. Behrmann

Maj John Behrmann is a native of Florida. In 2009, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in English and commissioned into the Marine Corps. Maj Behrmann has served as various echelons in the Corps including 1st Intelligence Battalion as All-Source Fusion Platoon Commander, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing as G-2 Operations and Air Combat Intelligence Officer, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, and Marine Aircraft Group 31 as the S-2 Officer in Charge. Maj Behrmann has completed multiple overseas deployments and has served as a company-level advisor for the Afghan Border Police and as a liaison officer to Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA). In 2021, he graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Arts in Regional Security Studies and earned the additional qualification of Regional Affairs Officer (RAO) for Southeast Asia. In his spare time, Maj Behrmann enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time in the great outdoors.

China SME, Mr. Dan Rice

Daniel is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. He is also the Chief Operation Officer of the opensource geopolitical intelligence company Foreign Brief. Daniel is a graduate of the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and spent several years working and studying in China. He has spoken about China at various US military and international news organizations and is a regular guest on the Mitchell Institute’s Aerospace Advantage podcast. He is a fluent Mandarin speaker and speaks Spanish and Arabic. Daniel has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the George Washington University, a Graduate Certificate in International Relations from the Hopkins Nanjing Center, and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He has maintained HSK VI proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, was a bronze medalist in the 2013 Jiangsu Chinese Speech competition for the Greater DC area, and was a 2020 Presidential Management Fellowship Finalist.

WPS SME, Dr. Kelly Spring

Kelly brings a wealth of experience to the position. She has over twenty years of expertise in designing curriculum and teaching in higher education. Kelly has held lecturing positions in the United States, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. In these locations, she has taught a wide range of subjects, including English as a second language, history, food studies, academic writing, and gender studies. Her research utilizes food as a lens to examine the interconnectivity of gender roles and international conflict in historical contexts. Her current research project, “SPAM: A Global History”, traces the complex and long lasting impact of war on international food ways.

DEI SME, Mr. Herrick Ross

Mr. Ross is a retired Marine and a graduate of Liberty University with a Masters in Business Administration, Herrick brings with him experiences in changing long-held organizational paradigms within a myriad of companies looking to be more inclusive. His background working for corporate America, shaping the culture and unique needs for inclusion and access of marginalized ethnic, religious and sexual identities, persons with disabilities and those who hold multiple intersecting identities, lends itself well to the work of the Krulak Center re-imagining the future force. The emerging concepts of how societal changes with regards to inclusion can be best adapted for the Marine Corps culture and warfighting success begins with recognition, representation, and education. Herrick weaves together intellectual and emotional research and storytelling to help an increasingly divided world question old assumptions while embracing new ideas and perspectives.

Energy SME, Mr. Joseph "Buzz" Easterling

Russia SME, Mr. Alex Kostin

Digital Wargaming SME, Mr. Joel Corrente

Digital Wargaming SME, Mr. Kevin Williamson

Non-Resident Fellows

LtCol Leo Spaeder, USMC

LtCol Spaeder is a Logistics Officer who deployed to Iraq in 2008 with 1/4 and to to Afghanistan in 2010 with RC-SW. He served on I&I duty with MWSS-472 before transferring to CLR-2 and deployed to Liberia and served as a Logistics Advisor to the Armed Forces of Liberia's Logistics Command. After deployment, LtCol Spaeder took command of Motor Transport Company A, 2d Transportation Support Battalion before becoming the battalion operations officer. In June 2018, he gradated from the School of Advanced Warfare and then served as a planner at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab and then Deputy Operations Officer in the LCE Integration Division at Capability Development Directorate. In these two roles, he spent most of his time enabling the wargaming for Force Design 2030 or leading the FD2030 implementation cell for logistics. He then spent a year at the MAGTF Staff Training Program as a MAGTF Logistics Instructor. He is currently the Commanding Officer of 3rd Transportation Battalion. He has been published in War on the Rocks and the Marine Corps Gazette and has graduate degrees from Villanova University, Naval Postgraduate School, and Marine Corps University.

Dr. Kelly Grieco

Expertise - US Grand Strategy, Defense Policy, Airpower, Coalition Warfare, China, Future War

Affiliations - Stimson Center, Georgetown, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mr. Drake Long

Drake Long is a Pacific Forum Young Leader and an analyst with the Department of Defense, focused on examining territorial disputes. He previously covered maritime disputes in the South China Sea for Radio Free Asia, and still writes on the topic occasionally for such outlets as 9DASHLINE, the Diplomat, and the Center for International Maritime Security. He recently authored a chapter on new seabed disputes in the volume 'Maritime Cooperation and Security in the Indo-Pacific: Essays in Honor of Sam Bateman,' and is currently writing a book on emerging issues around the exploitation and weaponization of the seabed for MCUPress. He received his MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University in 2020.

Dr. Elena Wicker

Dr. Elena Wicker is a Presidential Management Fellow at U.S. Army Futures Command. She completed her Ph.D. in International Relations at Georgetown University in 2022. Her dissertation “The Words That Matter: Terminology and Performance in the U.S. Army” focused on the history of U.S. military lexicography and the bureaucratic politics and power of jargon, terminology, and buzzwords. Dr. Wicker previously worked for the RAND Corporation and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Her work has been published in War on The Rocks, the Strategy Bridge, and Modern War Institute.

LtCol Zach Ota


Expertise - National Security Affairs, PME, Littoral Operations, Indo-Pacific, Allies & Partners, Security Cooperation, and Military History

Affiliations - Naval Postgraduate School, Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group, Davis Defense Group Adjunct Faculty

Mr. Preston McLaughlin, Col USMC (Ret)

Mr. McLaughlin is a retired Marine colonel who helped stand up the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Company, spent time with IIIMEF, MARFORPAC, Joint War Fighting Center, and at Marine Corps University. He was the CO of Combat Assault Battalion and of the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment. After retirement, he has been part of the faculty at The Citadel, Daniel Morgan Graduate School, US Army War College, and Texas A&M University. He is also affiliated with the Irregular Warfare Center.

James "Pigeon" Fielder

Dr. James "Pigeon" Fielder joined CSU as an Adjunct Professor after retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel and Associate Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Dr. Fielder was also an intelligence professional with leadership experience ranging from U.S. Army electronic warfare squad leader to Numbered Air Force Division Chief. Dr. Fielder has taught a variety of international relations and comparative politics courses, the USAFA wargame design course, and a special topics course on analyzing fantasy and science fiction political systems using international relations theory. He researches interpersonal trust and emergent political processes through cyber-based interaction, and through tabletop, live-action, and networked gaming as natural experiments. He has over two decades of experience designing, executing, and assessing training exercises and wargames.

LtCol Austin Duncan, USMC

Expertise - PME, AI Applications, Intelligence, Communications Strategy, Technology Information

Affiliations - IMEF MIG, DARPA Service Chiefs Fellow, Davis Defense Group / MCU Adjunct Faculty

Mrs. Amparo Pamela Fabe

Expertise - WPS, Irregular Warfare, Counterterrorism, Terrorism Financing, INDOPACOM

Affiliations - Philippine Public Safety College, National Police College of the Philippines, and CEO Indo-Pacific Alliance Corps

Dr. Joanna Siekiera

Dr. Joanna Siekiera is an international lawyer, legal advisor, and Doctor of Public Policy from Poland. She works as a Subject Matter Expert for various military institutions, primarily the NATO Centers of Excellence. Dr. Siekiera did her postdoctoral research on legal consequences of ocean change in Oceania at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen, Norway, and Ph.D. studies on Pacific regionalism at the Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her areas of expertise are law of armed conflict (lawfare, legal culture in armed conflict, NATO legal framework) and the Indo-Pacific region, Pacific law, maritime security. She is the author of over 100 scientific publications in several languages, 40 legal opinions for the Polish Ministry of Justice, the book “Regional Policy in the South Pacific”, the editor of 7 monographs on international law, international relations, and security.

LtCol Arun Shankar, USMC

Expertise - Operations Research, Tactical Communications, Operational Planning

Affiliations - Hoover Institution, Stanford University, George Mason University, Naval Postgraduate School, Military Operations Research Society 

Rosella Cappella Zielinski

Rosella Cappella Zielinski is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston University who specializes in study of political economy of security with an emphasis on how states mobilize their resources for war. Her specific research interests include war finance, defense budgets, military spending and inequality, economics of alliances, and coalitions in battle. Her book How States Pay for Wars (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2016), is the winner of the 2017 American Political Science Association Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Best Book Award in International History and Politics. Her other works can be found in the Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Security Studies, European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Global Security Studies, as well as Foreign Affairs, Texas National Security Review, and War on the Rocks. Her current research projects examine collective action among co-belligerents in wartime. Grown From War: Allied Economic Cooperation in World War I (with Paul Poast) explores how wartime coalition members coordinate supply, the institutions set up to facilitate coordination, and the legacies of these institutions one the war ends. We begin our story with World War I and unpack the legacy of allied economic cooperation. Belligerents in Battle (with Ryan Grauer) explores the conditions under which wartime coalition members fight together in battle. We argue that war aims, stakes of the immediate battle, and logistical capacity shape when coalition members share battle space and fight together. She can be readhed at: 

Non-Resident Fellows Program

We are not currently taking applications for Non-Resident Fellows. We expect to solicit for the next cohort in 2025 with an start time in Summer 2025.


The Brute Krulak Center is a "think tank/do tank" at Marine Corps University (MCU) focused on creating enhanced educational opportunities for students and faculty engaged in Professional Military Education (PME). Our mission is to enable an interdisciplinary approach to support all students and faculty through complex problem solving, fostering an environment that enhances our collective warfighting capability, and facilitating and encouraging novel solutions to current and future warfighting challenges to expand the Corps' competitive edge and improve our warfighting effectiveness. The support provided by the first "cadre" of Krulak Center Non-Resident Fellows recruited in 2020 vastly exceeded our expectations, and we are excited to see what impact this new group has on our students, faculty, and programs!

Support opportunities for Krulak Center Non-Resident Fellows include, but are not limited to: participation in our annual Innovation Summit; supporting instruction at MCU by guest lecturing during one campus visit, and/or virtually contributing to Krulak Center events; providing mentorship and judging for writing competitions; contributing to our #BruteCast webcast series; and facilitating or providing subject matter expertise to wargame events. All Krulak Center Non-Resident Fellows will have the ability to collaborate with MCU staff, faculty and the Marine Corps University Foundation, participate in wargames, and more! Finally, as we are a center of innovation, Non-Resident Fellows are always welcome to suggest additional avenues of contribution, so if you have a good idea, just ask us!

All published materials by Krulak Center Non-Resident Fellows will attribute an affiliation with the Krulak Center and Marine Corps University somewhere on the publication. There are opportunities to publish with the Journal of Advanced Military Studies, Marine Corps University Press, and MCU's online PME portal The Landing. We also encourage and support publication in the Marine Corps Gazette and various other outlets supported by military services.

For this new group of Non-Resident Fellows, specific areas of expertise or research we are looking for include: naval warfare and naval integration; educational wargaming; emerging and future advanced technologies; strategic competition; Women, Peace, and Security programming; and areas of future warfare.


  • Generate new knowledge and contribute to debates related to the Marine Corps and the mission of Marine Corps University.

  • Publish at least one opinion essay or article in a major publication (online or in print) that bears directly on innovation and future warfare questions.

  • Visit MCU or virtually contribute once per year to support the Innovation Summit, MCU courses, research programs, or webcast/lecture series.

  • Include a standard disclaimer that all publications are the opinion of the author.

  • Individuals accepted as Non-Resident Fellows must be willing to serve in that capacity for a period of 2 years, fulfilling the annual requirements once per year as outlined above.

  • Non-Resident Fellows from the first cadre are welcome to re-apply!


Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, writing sample, and a statement detailing how they, as prospective Fellows, will support the missions of MCU and the Krulak Center during their tenure. Applications will be accepted from 27 February - 28 April, 2023. The Krulak Center will announce the roster of selected Non-Resident Fellows no later than 31 May, 2023, and those selected as Fellows will begin their period of responsibility on 12 June, 2023. We will be selecting 12 Non-Resident Fellows for this new cadre. Submit your application to Thank you in advance for your interest, and we look forward to receiving your applications!

Community of Interest

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