Heidi A. Urben is an adjunct associate professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, senior associate (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, adjunct scholar at the Modern War Institute at the U.S. Military Academy, and a visiting research fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. Her research interests focus on civil-military relations, defense policy, and national security strategy, and she is currently writing a book entitled, Sounding Off: Party, Politics, and the Officer Corps in the Post-9/11 Army . A retired U.S. Army colonel, she commanded the Army’s largest military intelligence brigade, served two tours in the Pentagon, and deployed to Afghanistan twice and to Bosnia-Herzegovina during her 23-year career. She holds a B.A. in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame; a M.P.M., M.A., and Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University; and a M.S. in national security strategy from the National War College.