Anthony H. Cordesman is the holder of the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has been awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service medal. He previously served in posts as Director of Intelligence Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Civilian Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. He has since acted as an informal consultant to senior U.S. officials and commanders in Afghanistan and Iraq, and dealing with the security situation in Syria. He is the author and co-author of numerous books on NATO, the military balance, Chinese military power, the lessons of modern war, and U.S. defense planning and strategy.