SEAN McFATE is a Professor of Strategy at the National Defense University and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, in Washington DC. He served as a paratrooper in the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division and then worked for a major private military corporation, where he ran operations similar to those in his novels Shadow War and Deep Black. He is the author of The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order, and holds a BA from Brown University, an MA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He lives with his family in Washington, DC. You can learn more at www.seanmcfate.com.