Ms. Linda Stuart Specht is the State Department’s senior faculty advisor at the U.S. Naval War College. A U.S. foreign service officer for over 30 years, Ms. Specht was the foreign policy advisor to Commander, U.S. Strategic Command from 2018-2020. She was U.S. consul in Adana, Turkey from 2015-2018. Prior to that, Ms. Specht was director for Terrorism Finance and Economic Sanctions Policy, deputy director for Pakistan Affairs and deputy director for Arabian Peninsula Affairs at the State Department. She was embedded with U.S. and coalition forces during two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. Ms. Specht had earlier tours in Cameroon, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Suriname.