MICHAEL P. NOONAN IS THE DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, AND IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE PROGRAM ON NATIONAL SECURITY, AT THE FOREIGN POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
His current research focuses on civil-military relations, indirect approaches and strategy (particularly as they relate to political and irregular warfare), the roles and missions of the U.S. military, and transnational foreign fighters. A former Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, in 2006- 2007 he served on a Military Transition Team (MiTT) with an Iraqi light infantry battalion in and around the northern city of Tal`Afar. Among other professional affiliations, he is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and has consulted for the Institute for Defense Analyses. He holds a PhD in political science from Loyola University Chicago and is also a graduate of the University of Scranton and Creighton University. Dr. Noonan has taught at Loyola University Chicago and Haverford College. His writings have appeared in The American Interest, Orbis, Parameters, National Security Studies Quarterly, and FPRI E-Notes. He was the founding editor of, and occasionally contributes to, Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog and also had blogged at the U.S. News and World Report’s World Report and at War on the Rocks.