Sean McFate is a strategy professor at the National Defense University and the School of International Service at Georgetown University. He also works at the Atlantic Council as a senior fellow. He was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army and then worked for a big private military firm, where he oversaw actions identical to those described in this book. He earned a BA from Brown University, an MA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a doctorate in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is the author of The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for Global Order. He and his wife live in Washington, DC.