Professor Tomlinson, Ph.D., is the associate dean of the U.S. Naval War College at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is also an associate professor in the National Security Affairs Department for the College of Distance Education. He received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross. He holds master’s degrees from Golden Gate University, San Francisco in public administration and California State University, Northridge in modern Middle Eastern history, and a Ph.D. in modern Middle Eastern history and national security policy from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. His area of study is national security affairs and the modern Middle East.