Originally a place to discuss small arms without shouting, Gunpowder & Lead rapidly evolved into a mixed bag of security-oriented topics, including international relations, foreign policy, the U.S. military, foreign militaries, the international arms trade, strategy (and strategery), and defense writ large, with the occasional domestic gun post thrown in for fun. Sometimes we get a little meta and talk about ladies, whiskey, leadership, the sociology of foreign policy, and talking to people on the Internet.



Diana is a research assistant with the Center on Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where she is also pursuing her Master’s degree in Security Studies, with a curricular focus in Strategic Studies. She has written on a range of international security and small arms issues for numerous publications, both print and online, including The AtlanticUnited Nations DispatchAviation Week: Defense Technology Edition, and Democracy. Diana founded Gunpowder & Lead as an effort to put debates about small arms into a more human – and less shrill – context.

A graduate of Oberlin College, Diana worked in fundraising and business development for nonprofits for several years in Washington, DC before heading west. She’s been talking to people on the Internet for over 15 years and is a die-hard social media devotee. She was named a dynamic foreign policy tweeter by CNN back when she spent too much time on Twitter, and Andrew Sullivan once approved of her thoughts on meeting internet people for drinks.

Diana can be reached on Twitter @dianawueger. She’s also in charge of editors@gunpowderandlead.org and can be blamed for all belated responses.



Caitlin Fitzgerald is a development consultant, nonprofiteer, and writer based in Boston, MA. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations with a concentration in Middle East studies from Boston University.

Caitlin is best known around the Internet for Clausewitz for Kids, a one-woman effort to condense Clausewitz’s On War for the playground set (and the short-attention-spanned). When not painting woodland creatures, Caitlin researches and writes on foreign policy and security, the Middle East, and civil-military relations.

Caitlin can be reached at clausewitzforkids@gmail.com or on Twitter @caidid.



Jonathan Rue is a former active duty Marine officer where he deployed to Iraq as an advisor to the Iraqi army. Previously, he worked as a civilian contractor to DoD. He received a master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Georgia. Currently, he works for a small consulting firm researching U.S. defense and foreign policy issues.

Jonathan can be reached on Twitter @wjrue.



Sky is a former Air Force Security Forces officer who served 7 years in nuclear security, law enforcement and rapid acquisition. During this time he deployed to Iraq twice and worked extensively within the combined US/Iraqi detention system. Currently he works as a civilian for the Department of Defense and has experience in test and evaluation, program management and rapid fielding of emerging technologies.

Sky attended college in Manhattan (this one, not that one) and holds degrees in Sociology and Spanish. He is a self-proclaimed expert on data visualization and organizational process, and defense acquisition. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and two sons.

Sky can be reached at James.Skylar@gmail.com or on Twitter at @JimmySky.



Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s security studies program, focuses his research on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors. Studies he has authored examine the history, strategy, and organizational structure of the jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia; the economic aspects of al-Qaeda’s military strategy; and the radicalization process for homegrown jihadist terrorists. Overall, he has been the author or volume editor of twelve books and monographs, including Bin Laden’s Legacy (Wiley, 2011), and has published widely in the popular and academic press, including in The New York TimesForeign Policy, The Atlantic, Reader’s Digest, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, The Yale Journal of International Affairs, and German political science journal Der Bürger im Staat.

Daveed can be reached by email at daveed@defenddemocracy.org on Twitter @daveedgr.



Dan Trombly is a writer completing a degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict & Security at George Washington University. He has previously published in The Atlantic online and authored a study on the uses of small arms in terrorist tactics with fellow blog contributor Daveed Gartenstein-Ross. He also blogs at his personal site, Slouching Towards Columbia and contributes to the group blogs Fear, Honor and Interest and The Progressive Realist.

Dan can be reached at trombly.daniel@gmail.com or on Twitter @stcolumbia.



Hayes Brown is a freelance writer, analyst and researcher on international affairs currently living in Washington, DC. His experience includes work with non-profits, political campaigns, and the Federal Government. The majority of his published work pertains to the function and workings of the United Nations, in particular the UN Security Council. He also writes on US foreign policy and international security writ large. More information is available at hirehayes.com.

Hayes can be reached on Twitter at @hayesbrown.



Drunken Predator Drone is an Unmanned Alcoholic Vehicle (UAV) with a keyboard. Nobody is really sure whether he’s making the world safe for anything.

DPD can be reached at drunkpredatordrone@gmail.com or on Twitter at @drunkenpredator.

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