Dr. Sonya Finley is a professor of strategy at the National War College with over ten years of combined teaching experience at NWC, the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, and the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Having served over 26 years in the U.S. Army as a strategist, Sonya retired as a colonel with key assignments as a strategic advisor, planner, and speechwriter for senior uniformed leaders in the Republic of Korea, Iraq, and Washington D.C., as well as the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (Plans). She is a former East-West Center fellow and former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a BA from Emory University, an MPA from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on the fields of strategy and public diplomacy.