Justin Beal
Beal was born in Essex, ma. He currently lives in New York where he works as an artist and an architect.

Max Davis
Davis has published work in Rune and The Gallery. He currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Morton H. Halperin
Halperin was Director of Policy Planning in the U.S. Department of State from 1998 to 2001. He has previously held senior positions at the National Security Council and the U.S. Department of Defense in the Johnson, Nixon and Clinton Administrations. He is currently the Director of the Washington office of the Open Society Institute and Director of the Democracy Center of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Michael Hoevel
Hoevel holds a Yale-China Teaching Fellowship at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He currently teaches courses to first and second-year students in English Literature/Writing and American History.

Pooja Kumar
Kumar currently holds a Hart Fellowship in Azerbijian, where she is working on health programming for internally-displaced peoples. Kumar has worked previously with Save the Children in East Timor, with unicef and Mother Teresa in India, and also in Taiwan and China. Her phography has been exhibited and/or published at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies and Medical Center, and in various literary and documentary journals.

Nathan Hale Lerner & Evelyn Salzman
Lerner was born in 1893 in New York City, the child of immigrants from Eastern Europe. He graduated from City College of New York in 1915. Salzman was born in 1895, her parents having arrived from Lithuania a few years before. She graduated from Barnard College in 1917. The two were secretly married after Lerner returned home from the war. For the next twenty-six years they both taught at Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx.

William M. McBride
McBride is a professor of history at the United States Naval Academy. He is a former John M. Olin Fellow in military and strategic history at Yale University and was inaugural Shaeffer Distinguished Humanist while on the faculty of James Madison University. His last book was Technological Change and the United States Navy, 1865 – 1945.

Douglas Murray
Based in London, Murray has written for a variety of publications, including The Spectator, and has lectured widely. His first book, Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas, was published in 2000 by Hodder and Stoughton (U.K.) and Miramax Books (U.S.). Widely acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, it was described in The New York Times as "shrewd, generous and wise."

Sue Myers
Myers presently lives in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, a city housing fighter jets going to Afghanistan and beyond. She has written for education and parenting magazines and is currently at work on a novel. She spends summers in Maine, recovering from the winters in Kyrgyzstan.

Amit A. Pandya
Pandya served on the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of State, and was Deputy Assistant Administrator (Asia & Near East) at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He previously served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the staff of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives. He is currently with the Washington office of the Open Society Institute.

Anne D. Platt
Platt currently works for Sandia National Laboratories in California. "America's New Weapon" does not represent the views of her employer.

James R. Russell
Russell is Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard; before that he was a professor of Iranian and Armenian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Columbia University, New York. He has lectured and taught in Iran, India, Russia, and elsewhere. His most recent publications include An Armenian Epic: The Heroes of Kasht, and "The Scepter of Tiridates" (Le Museon vol. 14).

Nitzan Shoshan
After military service in Tel Aviv, Shoshan left Israel to study in the United States. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

Radek Sikorski
Sikorski was a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Angola from 1986 to 1989, a roving correspondent for National Review from 1989 to 1997, and News Corporation's Polish representative from 1989 to 1992. He has written extensively for publications around the world and his books include Russia's Afghan War, The Polish House: An Intimate History of Poland, and Dust of the Saints: A Journey to Herat in Time of War. He served as secretary of foreign affairs for Solidarity's political party, which governed Poland from 1997 to 2001, and Poland's deputy minister of foreign affairs from 1998 to 2001. A recent addition to the New Atlantic Initiative, Sikorski will become executive director of an international nonpartisan program dedicated to bringing together Americans and Europeans.

Daniel Silk
Silk lives in Manhattan and has succumbed ingloriously to college graduate self-pity. Though he currently holds two jobs – as full-time staff at the 9.11 Documentary Initiative and as independent grammar consultant to Higher One Bank – he despises in equal measure both work and leisure time. Presently he is preparing to shoot a documentary film about student reactions to the War on Terror on college campuses across America.

James Spencer
Spencer was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during World War II. He has helped to raise four children, taught at Stanford University, and lived in Europe and India. He has taught yoga and meditation, and is a licensed psychotherapist in Menlo Park, California. His stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories 1999. His book, The Pilots, of which "The Ace" is the introductory essay, will be released by Penguin-Putnam next winter.

John R. Stilgoe
Stilgoe is Robert & Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape at Harvard University. He received the 2001 American Institute of Architects medal for collaborative research and is the author of many books, including Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Place.

James Tengatenga
Tengatenga has been the Anglican Bishop of Southern Malawi since 1998. He has taught at Zomba Theological College and the University of Malawi. His essays have appeared in Religion in Malawi, God, People and Power, and Faith at the Frontiers of Knowledge. He is currently a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.

Paul F. Walker
Walker is Legacy Program Director with Global Green U.S.A., the American affiliate of Green Cross International founded by Mikhail Gorbachev. The Legacy Program – coordinated with Green Cross affiliates in Russia, Switzerland, Belarus, and the Ukraine -- facilitates the safe and environmentally sound destruction of weapons stockpiles and cleanup of military bases. Walker is a former professional staff member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee.

Lauren Weinstein
Weinstein is a cartoonist who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Stranger and gURL.com.

Owen West
West served for six years as an infantry office in the United States Marine Corps. A graduate of Stanford Business School, he now trades energy futures for Goldman Sachs. He is also the author of Sharkman Six, a military thriller released last October and soon to become an hbo movie. Additionally, he is an endurance athlete who has raced in the 400-mile Eco Challenge five times and has reached 28,000 feet on the north face of Mount Everest.

Adam Yarinsky
Yarinsky is a principal partner at Architecture Research Office LLP, a New York architecture firm responsible for the designs of Time Square's military recruiting station and Columbia University's war memorial.

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