Steve Miska recently retired from the military after 25 years of service. His last assignment was for three years as the Army Chair on the military faculty at the Marine Corps War College, Marine Corps University at Quantico. Previously, he served at the White House as Director for Iraq on the National Security Council, focusing on security aspects of the Iraq portfolio. In 2011 he completed a Counterterrorism Fellowship at the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University in Washington D.C., writing a thesis on protecting local allies in conflict zones. He has published several articles. Steve commanded an infantry battalion from 2008-2010 in the 172nd Infantry Brigade stationed in Germany and deployed to Babil, Diwaniyah and Najaf Provinces in Iraq as the Task Force 1-2 Commander, working closely with interagency Provincial Reconstruction Teams. His previous deployments include fourteen months in Baghdad from 2006-2007 during the “Surge” commanding Task Force Justice and a year in Tikrit from 2004-2005 where he served as the Task Force 1-18 Operations Officer. He has served in airborne infantry assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Republic of Panama. Steve earned a Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University from 1997-1999 and taught economics as an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy, West Point, from 1999-2001 where he received a bachelors of science degree in 1990. He personally led a team that established an underground railroad for dozens of interpreters from Baghdad to Amman to the United States in 2007, during the height of sectarian violence in Iraq, and he serves on the board of advisors for two nonprofits dedicated to protecting former interpreters.