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During this episode, Dr. Andy Whiskeyman and Dr. Mike Berger return to the podcast to discuss the importance of adequately resourcing operations in the information environment (OIE) activities. Financial disparities beget capability disparities and ultimately information effects disparities. To solve the problem, Mike Berger recommends leaders start with a mindset shift. Andy Whiskeyman believes that leaders need to modify expectations related to information effects; Andy also believes there’s an organizational component to solving the problem.
Dr. Andrew Whiskeyman, COL USA(ret.), CHEP is an associate professor at the National Defense University’s College of Information and Cyberspace where he teaches and researches on the topics of leadership, disruptive technology, information warfare, deception, and strategic foresight. He is a professor of practice with the University of Maryland (UMD)’s Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), where is helps coordinate the Phoenix Challenge Series of international Information conferences. He has lectured internationally on the use of information as an element of power. He is also the CEO and co-founder of JASSA Professional Services, providing expert advice on organizational leadership, strategic foresight, and disruptive innovation.
Prior to his retirement from Active Duty, he served as the Chief of the Information Operations Division (J39) within the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Operations Directorate J3 located at Macdill AFB, Florida.
His penultimate assignment was as the Chief of Cyber Strategy for the CENTCOM Joint Cyber Center (JCC). COL Whiskeyman served as an active-duty Army officer for over 28 years. His first assignment was to Misawa AB, Japan as an enlisted military intelligence Soldier. He then went to Officer Candidate School (OCS) and commissioned into the basic branch of Air Defense Artillery. In 2007, he transitioned to the Information Operations functional area (FA30). He has deployed five times: Kosovo (KFOR 3B – 2001/02), Afghanistan (3 times – 2004, 2006/07, and 2012/13), and Iraq (2008/09). He also has numerous shorter trips into the Middle East theater of operations including return trips to Iraq and Afghanistan.
He is a graduate (and plank owner) of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS – 2004), Air Command and Staff College (ACSC – 2011 in residence), and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS XXI – 2012). He is the first Soldier with the Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy Program (ASP3) to earn his PhD (Military Strategy, Air University 2015).
In the community, he has been active in Parish ministry for over 15 years, he is a past Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus, and has started and led multiple Exodus fraternities (in person and virtual) for the past 5 years. He is a co-founder of the Tampa Bay Catholic Business Forum.
He has been married for over 28 years and has four children, three dogs, and a turtle.
Dr. Mike Berger is Chief of Research for the Information Warfare organizational unit (OU) in Peraton’s Cyber Mission Sector. In this capacity, he serves as the lead for analysis and assessments for the Operational Planning, Implementation, and Assessment Services (OPIAS) contract—the largest information warfare support contract in the US Government (USG). Dr. Berger oversees primary source research, personnel, and operational assessments supporting information operations (IO) / irregular warfare (IW) activities across OPIAS’s supported Geographic Combatant Commands (GCCs) and USG agencies. Through the course of his work, Dr. Berger has established and successfully managed the most expansive foreign audience opinion research portfolio in the Department of Defense, including over 700,000 survey interviews, 600 focus groups, and 2,000 elite interviews in a variety of sensitive locations across the globe. A central focus of his research includes illuminating the current challenges faced by America and its partners in the information environment. Dr. Berger holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland, United Kingdom). He enjoys establishing new research projects, leveraging new technologies to enhance data analysis, and developing operational assessment teams in support of forward deployed warfighters.
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