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James Dalton is the program manager for the Norwich Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis program. Dalton is an experienced educator, with a focus on graduate and undergraduate military college program development and instruction. Earning the rank of commander with 27 years of active duty military experience in the U.S. Navy, Dalton has served as a naval flight officer and a professor at the Naval War College. As a military professor, he developed and managed military education programs for advanced warfare studies related to conventional and unconventional warfare across all phases. During his assignment as a joint experimentation officer, he designed and coordinated test programs for new systems to benefit all branches of the U.S. Special Forces and developed curriculum dedicated to unconventional warfare education. He has his master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Missouri.
Heather Forsyth joins the Norwich University team after an eight-year career as an Army officer. Heather served in Korea, Washington, and New York as a logistics officer, leading soldiers in petroleum, supply, and maintenance operations. She separated from the Army as a captain to focus on raising her three children and to work in adult education. Heather currently serves as a student services advisor for the Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis program. Her military background, coupled with her experience as a Norwich University Master of Science in Organizational Leadership alumna, helps her best assist members of the Special Operations Forces community with achieving their educational and professional goals as a Norwich online student. In her spare time, Heather enjoys hiking, camping and snowboarding in the beautiful mountains of Vermont.
A Norwich University alumnus, Olufemi "Femi" Oni exemplifies the university's mission of leadership and service. He pursued his bachelor's degree in political science at Norwich through the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP), while serving as mentor to midshipmen in the Naval ROTC department. Due to injury, Femi was unable to commission, but graduated in 2010, and retired as a gunnery sergeant from the Marine Corps in January of 2013 where he was an infantryman and a recruiter. He currently serves as student services advisor for Norwich University’s Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis program. Femi has a passion for politics and personal finance, is very involved in the community, and enjoys helping others achieve their goals. In his down time, he enjoys reading science fiction and working out.
Cyndi Levy has taught courses in political science, strategic studies, and public administration at Norwich University, Colorado College, Zrinyi Miklos National Defense University in Budapest, the U.S. National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where she also served as assistant provost for external affairs. Her career includes service as special assistant to the Secretary of Defense, as an analyst at CIA headquarters in Langley, the Maritime Administration, and as the Executive Assistant to the former Dep Director of the CIA, Dr. Ray Cline, while he was the Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She has also served as a Legislative Aide for Defense and Intelligence for US Senators Orrin Hatch and John Chafee. She received an AB from Syracuse University in Soviet and East European studies and socialist economics, and studied for a MA in law and diplomacy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, specializing in strategic studies and international law. She then studied for her MPA and subsequently pursued a PhD in American government and public administration at the Maxwell School of Public Administration. While assigned by the US Naval Postgraduate School to teach at Zrinyi Miklos National Defense University of the Republic of Hungary, she studied for her PhD in military strategy and philosophy. Along the way, she was awarded an Honorary PhD from Moscow State University in Russia. She is also the owner of Hilton Head Design, an artisan glass company.
A member of the Norwich University faculty since 2008, David Blank primarily teaches courses in chemistry and forensic science. He previously held teaching positions at Dartmouth College, Castleton State College, and Keene State College. In addition to teaching, he works as an independent contractor conducting pharmaceutical industry and chemical research. The owner of five patents and the author of more than 20 publications, he holds a PhD in organic chemistry from Dartmouth College, an MBA in organizational leadership from Norwich University, an ScM in analytical organic photochemistry from Saint Joseph’s University, and a BS in chemistry from Albright College.
Brett J. Morash recently retired rom the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer for over 20 years, gaining diverse leadership experience in assignments across the globe. He is currently the Director of Veteran’s Services at Services for the UnderServed, Inc. a nonprofit based in New York City focused on improving at risk people’s lives. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of multiple programs related to veterans' issues including homeless prevention, employment, mental health and wellness, with over a $15 million annual budget. Prior to retirement his final assignment was on the military faculty of the U.S. Naval War College where he educated military officers and senior civilian personnel on strategy, risk analysis, and operational planning. He received a bachelor’s in marine transportation from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He furthered his education at Framingham State College earning a master’s in business administration. He later earned a master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He is currently a PhD candidate at Salve Regina University in the Humanities, where his dissertation is entitled “The Rise and Fall of the Union of Islamic Courts.” His professional experience has developed his skills in research, management, technological innovation, and concept creation.
R. Alan King specializes in 21st-century security matters, counterinsurgency, strategic communications, and Middle Eastern geopolitical issues. He is a retired colonel of the Army Reserve and has been an advisor to both state and defense department leaders. In 2004, he served as a Civil Affairs Battalion commander and the deputy director of the Office of Provincial Outreach, Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad and as a senior member of the ceasefire negotiations in Fallujah.
His book Twice Armed, An American Soldier’s Battle for Hearts and Minds in Iraq received the 2008 William E. Colby Military Writer’s Award for contributions to intelligence operations and international affairs.
King holds degrees from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Air Force Air War College, Webster University, and East Tennessee State University. He is pursuing his doctorate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Randy Miller teaches in both the Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis program as well as the Teaching and Learning Certificate program. He graduated as a member of the Norwich Corps of Cadets in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and then served on active duty in the U.S. Army’s 2nd Infantry Division and 82nd Airborne Division.
He worked in the pharmaceutical and high-tech sectors for several years before becoming an educator, and has taught online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses at various levels, including six years in the Dominican Republic. He returned to Norwich as a student and earned a master’s degree in diplomacy in 2007 and a Teaching and Learning Certificate in 2009. He is an active alumnus and has written two books about Norwich history, Norwich Matters and Norwich Heroes.