Lieutenant Colonel Patrick “PD” Dierig is a U.S. Air Force special operations aviator who recently worked as the Chief of Innovation for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.  Previously, he commanded the 14th Weapons Squadron - the special operations division of U.S. Air Force Weapons School.  He also served as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he advised the Chairman on foreign and domestic engagement strategy to advance national security directives.  PD holds a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University and master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma, the Naval War College, and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.  His research interests include military humanitarian intervention, international relations, artificial intelligence, and civ-mil relations

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