2015-2016 Fellows

Lieutenant Commander Brian Schulz, US Navy

Lieutenant Commander Brian Schulz was commissioned as a Naval Cryptologist in 2002 after earning a BS in Quantitative Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy.   A Texas native, he has deployed throughout the world onboard submarines, surface ships, reconnaissance aircraft, and ashore in support of Operation Enduring Freedom..   He holds Navy qualification designations in Information, Space, Cyber, and Joint Warfare.  He earned a MS in Systems Engineering and a MA in Strategic Intelligence and was an Associate Fellow with the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group– focused on the emergence of directed energy and hypersonic weapons.



Colonel Geoff Stewart

geoff stewartColonel Geoff Stewart joined the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer in 1992 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a BA in Political Science. In 2004, he earned a MA in Business and Organizational Security from Webster University. He served in Military Police units providing law and order at U.S. Military installations in Germany, South Korea, and the United States.   He commanded a specialized Criminal Investigations unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Geoff’s operational deployments include enforcing the Dayton Peace Accords in Bosnia-Herzegovina, supporting transition training of Iraqi Police forces in Iraq, and advising security development for the Afghan Ministry of Interior in Afghanistan—a year-long deployment from which he recently returned.



Lieutenant Colonel Jasper Jeffers

jasper jeffersLieutenant Colonel Jasper Jeffers is an Infantry officer from Ripplemead, VA. He received his commission in 1996 through ROTC at Virginia Tech where he earned a BA in Political Science. He later earned an MA in Security Management from Webster University. He has served in a variety of Infantry and Special Operations units throughout his career, commanding Infantry and Special Operations Units as a Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel. LTC Jeffers’ has significant operational experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, throughout the Middle East, and in North and West Africa. Lieutenant Colonel Jeffers earned a M.A. in Security Management from Webster University Science.



Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence (Gil) Ferguson

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Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence (Gil) Ferguson is a career Special Forces officer from Terry, Mississippi. Originally commissioned in 1990 as an Infantry Officer, Gil attended the US Air Force Academy and was cross-commissioned into the Army upon graduation. Following a tour at Fort Campbell, KY, Gil separated from service for several years, returned to graduate school where he earned an M.A. in American History from Mississippi College, and was a schoolteacher before returning to active duty as a Special Forces Officer. Gil served with 7th Special Forces Group and has commanded at all levels from Captain through Lieutenant Colonel. Gil has Special Operations experience throughout Latin America and the Middle East.


Lieutenant Colonel Anthony (Tony) Poole

tony pooleLieutenant Colonel Anthony (Tony) Poole is a native of Georgia. Tony received his commission as an Infantry officer through the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School in 1994. Tony’s civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Excelsior College, Albany, New York and a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies. In 2002, he transitioned into the Military Intelligence Corps. Tony’s 20 years of military service ranges from his first assignment as an Infantry Long Range Reconnaissance Platoon Leader to his most recent assignment as the Commander of the 221st Military Intelligence Battalion. His overseas experiences include deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, and the Republic of Georgia.



Colonel Aaron J. Cook

aaron cookeColonel Aaron J. Cook is a native of Champaign/Urbana, Illinois. He enlisted in the Illinois National Guard in 1988 as a Chemical Operations Specialist. Aaron was commissioned into the Quartermaster Corps in 1992 after graduating with a B.S. in Business and Accounting from Eastern Illinois University. In 2003, he received his M.S. in Logistics and subsequently served in multiple assignments to include the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the, Army Materiel Command (AMC). His joint experience includes serving at the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) and combat experience in Iraq. Prior to arriving at Duke, Aaron served as a Division Chief for Enlisted Personnel Management at the Army’s Human Resources Command.