Lt. Col. Douglas A. Pryer, U.S. Army, serves as a strategic planner in the Middle East Directorate of the Joint Staff J5. He has held command and staff positions in the U.S., United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, and Kosovo. His awards and decorations include two bronze stars, the combat action badge, and the Presidential Unit Citation. He has a Masters in Military Art and Science (Military History) from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and is the author of the book, “The Fight for the High Ground: The U.S. Army and Interrogation during Operation Iraqi Freedom, May 2003 – April 2004.” His numerous essays about warfare’s moral and psychological dimensions have been published in various national security outlets and earned him a number of military writing awards.
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