MSC18: Speaker and Panelist Profiles


Dr. Robert FARLEY, University of Kentucky

Dr. Robert Farley is a Senior Lecturer at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky, where he teaches courses on Asian security and seapower. He is the author of two books, Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force and The Battleship Book, is senior editor of the website Lawyers, Guns and Money, and regularly contributes columns on national security and defence issues to publications such as The Diplomat and The National Interest. His research interests include airpower, seapower, military procurement, and the diffusion of military technology and ideas, and he is currently completing a book on intellectual property law and the dissemination of military technology. Dr. Farley received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

Ben Wan Beng HOS. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Mr. Ben Wan Beng Ho is a Senior Analyst with the Military Studies Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore. He researches primarily on maritime aviation, underseas warfare, anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) strategies and capacities, and the naval history of World War Two. His work at RSIS also sees him conducting courses up to the staff college level for officers of the Singapore Armed Forces, including teaching on seapower, airpower, joint operations, force transformation, and insurgencies and counter-insurgencies. Mr. Ho’s work has appeared in journals such as the Naval War College Review and the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, as well as security websites like The Diplomat, The National Interest, and RUSI Defence Systems. Mr. Ho holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from RSIS, where he wrote his dissertation on aircraft carriers under the supervision of Dr. Geoffrey Till, and he earned an honours degree in History from the National University of Singapore.

Paul SCHARRE, Center for a New American Security

Mr. Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Scharre worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he helped establish policies on unmanned and autonomous weapons systems, and emerging weapons technologies. He was also involved in drafting the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, and other Secretary-level planning guidance. Prior to his work at the Pentagon, Mr. Scharre was a special operations reconnaissance team leader in the U.S. Army’s Third Ranger Battalion, during which he completed multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has published for the New York Times, CNN, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and The National Interest, and published the book Army of None in April 2018 on unmanned and autonomous systems. Mr. Scharre is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Airborne, Ranger, and Sniper Schools, and he holds a B.Sc. in Physics and an M.A. in Political Economy and Public Policy, both from Washington University in St. Louis.

Vice Admiral Jan TIGHE, United States Navy

Vice Admiral Jan Tighe is the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare for the United States Navy, and the 66th Director of Naval Intelligence, which she assumed in July 2016. As a flag officer, VAdm. Tighe served both as Commander and Deputy Commander (in separate postings) of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, Director of Decision Superiority in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, and interim President of the Naval Postgraduate School. Her previous tours include staff assignments at the Pacific Fleet Headquarters, Naval Security Group, and Naval Network Warfare Command, as well as command of over 2,800 multi-service and multi-agency personnel at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service in Hawaii. VAdm. Tighe earned her information warfare pin and naval aviation observer wings while deployed during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit, among many other commendations. VAdm. Tighe is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and holds an M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.