Retired Major General (Dr.) Robert Scales is one of America’s best known and most respected authorities on land warfare. He is currently President of Colgen, LP, a consulting firm specializing in issues relating to landpower, wargaming and strategic leadership. Prior to joining the private sector, Dr. Scales served over thirty years in the Army, retiring as a Major General. He commanded two units in Vietnam, winning the Silver Star for action during the battles around Dong Ap Bia (Hamburger Hill) during the summer of 1969. Subsequently, he served in command and staff positions in the United States, Germany, and Korea and ended his military career as Commandant of the United States Army War College. In 1995 he created the Army After Next program which was the Army’s first attempt to build a strategic game and operational concept for future land warfare. He has written and lectured on warfare to academic, government, military, and business groups in the United States, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America. He is the author of two books on military history: Certain Victory, the official account of the Army in the Gulf War and Firepower in Limited War, a history of the evolution of firepower doctrine since the end of the Korean War. In addition he is an authority on contemporary and future warfare. Concepts and ideas contained in his writings and studies have significantly influenced the course of contemporary modernization and reform within the military. He has written two books on the theory of warfare: Future Warfare, a strategic anthology on America’s wars to come and Yellow Smoke: the Future of Land Warfare for America’s Military. He was the only serving officer to have written books subsequently selected for inclusion in the official reading lists of three Services; Certain Victory for the Army, Firepower for the Marine Corps and Yellow Smoke for the Navy. Congressman Ike Skelton has included Yellow Smoke in his National Security Book List sponsored by National Defense University. His latest work, The Iraq War: a Military History, written with Williamson Murray has been reviewed very favorably by the New York Times, Atlantic and Foreign Affairs. He is a frequent consultant with the senior leadership of every service in the Department of Defense as well as many allied militaries. He is senior military analyst for The BBC, National Public Radio and Fox News Network. He has appeared as a commentator on The History Channel., The Discovery Channel, PBS, TLC and Star Television. His commentary is carried frequently on all major television outlets in the Peoples Republic of China. He has written for and been frequently quoted in The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Roll Call and virtually every service defense periodical and media network on issues relating to military history and defense policy. He is a graduate of West Point and earned his PhD in history from Duke University.
COO - Retired Colonel Jack Pryor
Retired Colonel Jack H. Pryor, a distinguished combat veteran, has 35 years of experience in the US Military, education and senior management positions in industry and international business. He served in recent years as the President of a major international energy firm's Latin American subsidiary. Mr. Pryor previously directed US drug control policies in Latin America as the Director of Counter-narcotics of the USSOUTHCOM. During his tenure as President of the US Army Management Engineering College, he served on the US Presidential Blue Ribbon Panel for Educational Reform. Mr. Pryor is considered one of the US Army's preeminent trainers, and was involved in the establishment of the US Combat Training Centers for heavy maneuver, Light Infantry and SOF units. Additionally, he served as the Operations Officer and as the Senior OC for Light Forces at the National Training Center. Following the invasion of Panama, Mr. Pryor was invited to advise the President of Panama, his two Vice Presidents and key cabinet ministers on that nation's national reconstruction strategy and its implementation. He effectively bridged communications between the Government of Panama and the US diplomatic and military missions. Subsequent to his retirement from the military, he assumed senior executive duties in several US commercial firms and provided consulting to senior government officials in four Latin American nations.
Mr. Pryor's experience in education has spanned several decades. He holds three Master's degrees including: National Defense & Strategic Studies, Educational Administration and Secondary Education. He has taught at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the Southern Oregon State University and participated in Senior Executive Management Seminars at Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, Tufts and Duke Universities.