The Eisenhower Series College Program is a communication and outreach program for the U.S. Army War College. Designed to encourage dialogue on national security and other public policy issues between its students and the public, the program offers a unique opportunity to engage with issues of national importance.
Moderated by Faten Ghosn, Associate Professor at the School of Government and Public Policy.
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Donatello:
- “Time to Look Up— Reconnecting in the Age of Social Media”
- "The Face of Your Next Enemy May be an Emoji— How You Can Help"
Lieutenant Colonel Stephen T. McNamara:
- “Climate Change and Its Effect on National Security”
- "Spotting Fake News and Social Media into the 2020 Election”
Lieutenant Colonel David A. Uthlaut:
- “Disconnected: The Civil—Military Gap and How to Address It”
- “Afghanistan Strategy: Past, Present, and Future”
A native of Fairport, New York, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Donatelle graduated from United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor’s in Engineering Psychology/Human Factors Research. He also holds a Master’s in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State, Manhattan, Kansas. Lieutenant Colonel Donatelle is a Field Artillery Officer with over 20 years of service specializing in light and airborne field artillery. Lieutenant Colonel Donatelle gained his practical leadership experiences while serving as commanding officer numerous tactical and operational assignments in the continental United States, Europe, and Central Asia. At the mid-point of his career, Lieutenant Colonel Donatelle seized an opportunity to teach in the Department of Military Instruction at the United States Military Academy. He also gained valuable experience working in joint, interagency and multinational environments while serving as a staff officer and commander in Afghanistan, Iraq and Qatar. Lieutenant Colonel Donatelle has deployed four times to contingency operations including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve where he was responsible for security and stability operations within various locations in Afghanistan and advisory support to Kurdish forces in Iraq. In his most recent position, Lieutenant Colonel Donatelle commanded the 1st Battalion 320th Field Artillery, in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He is currently a student at the United States Army War College working on a strategic research project focused on the employment of cross-domain maneuver and fires in the future strategic operating environment.
Lieutenant Colonel Stephen T. McNamara hails from Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. Lt Col McNamara graduated from Penn State University in University Park, PA with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He also holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Finance from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Lt Col McNamara is Tactical Air Control Party member with over 15 years of service specializing in Strategic Airpower, Joint Fires Integration, and Close Air Support. Originally trained as an Electronic Warfare Officer on the B-52H Lt Col McNamara completed to rotations to Andersen AFB, Guam supporting the strategic deterrence mission in the Pacific theater. He gained management and leadership experience as an Air Liaison Officer at Ft. Bragg, NC. There liaised with the 82d Airborne Division providing his Air Force expertise to Army counterinsurgency operations. He deployed twice to Afghanistan supporting the 82d and 101st Airborne Divisions where he developed tactical and operational expertise from the company to division echelons. Lt Col McNamara also gained vast project management experience as the Tactical Air Control Party Career Field Manager from 2015-2018 at Joint Base Andrews, MD. He managed the Air National Guard’s $20 million Air to Ground Simulator program and an annual Operations and Maintenance budget of $10 million overseeing 19 units and 1,200 Airmen. He deployed to Europe as an exercise planner for United States Air Forces Europe in 2018 where he planned a first of its kind Air Dominance exercise with the Ukrainian People’s Air Force and the Air National Guard. He is currently a student at the United States Army War College working on a strategic research project about how the United States can ethically use Social Media as a soft power influencer.
Lieutenant Colonel David A. Uthlaut was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management, and he later earned a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For his MA thesis, he analyzed survey data to measure Iraqi civilians' confidence in the insurgency and counter-insurgency forces from 2004-2006. He also analyzed whether these perceptions were predictive of future attacks by geography. Lieutenant Colonel Uthlaut is an Infantry Officer with over 18 years of service in the United States Army, including operational assignments in both conventional and special operations units, and he has commanded troops from the platoon to battalion level. In between operational assignments, Lieutenant Colonel Uthlaut served as an Instructor in West Point’s Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, where he taught Leadership and Criminology courses. He has deployed to combat eight times, with multiple deployments each to Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently, he commanded a large Joint and Multi-National Task Force in Afghanistan, with responsibility for securing a large Coalition base and the surrounding ground defense area, covering portions of three provinces. Lieutenant Colonel Uthlaut is currently a student at the United States Army War College, working on a strategic research project to address the civil-military divide in America. His wife Haley is a former Engineer Officer in the United States Army, and together they have four children.