Captain Jahara “FRANKY” Matisek, U.S. Air Force, is a senior pilot with experience in the C-17 and T-6, to include over 200 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He holds a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) and has an M.P.A. and M.S. Capt Matisek is a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer School and is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Political Science at Northwestern University. His doctoral studies are sponsored by the Military & Strategic Studies Department at USAFA and he will be assigned to USAFA as an Assistant Professor following completion of his program. The opinions espoused in his articles and essays are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of his colleagues, USAFA, the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense, U.S. government or any other government agency.