Dr. Ronald H. Reynolds
Dr. Ronald H. Reynolds
Dr. Ron Reynolds assumed his present duties as Commandant of the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (formerly Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management - DISAM) on 13 September 2001. In this position he is responsible for the leadership of DISCS, a centralized DoD Field Activity reporting to the Security Cooperation Workforce Development Directorate under the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). The mission of the Institute is to educate the Security Cooperation Workforce to develop and execute innovative Security Cooperation solutions that support mutual U.S. and partner interests and reports to DSCA’s Security Cooperation Workforce Development Directorate. That involves providing professional education, training, research, and support to advance U.S. foreign policy through security assistance and cooperation.
Prior to accepting this position, he served for almost 26 years in the United States Air Force primarily in Information Management, Personnel, and Education & Training positions. His military career included overseas assignments in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1996-1998), Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea (1988-1989), and Tegucigalpa, Honduras (1984).
Dr. Reynolds received a Doctorate of Public Administration from the University of Alabama in December of 2001 and holds Masters Degrees in Public Administration (from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1995) and Business Management (from Webster University; 1984). He received a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1979.
Current research interests include anything having to do with international military education and training programs. His doctoral dissertation study dealt with Expanded International Military Education and Training in Latin America and one of his master’s thesis was a viability study of Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Dr. Mark Ahles
Dr. Mark Ahles
Dr. Mark Ahles is currently the Deputy Commandant and Dean of Academic Affairs at the
Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (DISCS)
– the Defense Department’s institute for education and research on military issues relating to the management of military-to-military cooperative efforts.
Dr. Ahles is a career employee with the Department of Defense, having held previous positions as the Director of International Studies and a Professorship at
, program management positions with the United States Air Force, and serving as a computer analyst at the National Security Agency. He has been awarded by the Department of Defense for his work on security cooperation reform, civilian deployment to combat zones, “Year 2000” computer program management, and assistance to the US Senate on the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty.
Dr. Ahles holds a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science/Political Science from the Union Institute and University, Masters Degrees from the US Army War College and The Ohio State University, as well as a Bachelor of Art (Computer Science) and Associate of Arts (History) from The Ohio State University.
His military career spanned 30 years of active and reserve service. Colonel Ahles retired from the Army National Guard after serving as their Director of Security Cooperation Programs following previous assignments as G-2 Ohio Joint Force Headquarters, Ohio Army National Guard Chemical Officer, Commander of the 155th Chemical Battalion, and National Guard Programs Officer at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, numerous Meritorious Service Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the German Military Proficiency Badge, and the Brazilian Army Excellence Award.
Current research interests are information technology applications in national security and Security Cooperation Impact on U.S. foreign policy. He is leading two research projects – a long-term evaluation of the Security Cooperation Training Program and an evaluation into the effectiveness of multi-channel learning efforts with international military students.