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Colonel Matthew Moten is currently a professor and Deputy Head of the Department of History at the U.S. Military Academy. After graduating from West Point, he was commissioned in the Armor Branch and served in the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany and in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He then taught military history at West Point. After assignments in Kuwait, Fort Jackson, and the Pentagon, Colonel Moten became speechwriter and later legislative advisor to General Eric K. Shinseki, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. In 2002, Colonel Moten was selected as an Academy Professor in the USMA Department of History and assigned as Chief, Military History Division. From January to June of 2005, he served as deputy commanding officer, Dragon Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps and Task Force Dragon, Multi-National Corps, Iraq. He became Professor, USMA, and deputy department head in 2006. Colonel Moten specializes in the history of American political-military relations and recently published a chapter entitled “A Broken Dialogue: Rumsfeld, Shinseki, and Civil-Military Tension,” in American Civil-Military Relations: The Soldier and the State in a New Era (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). He is author of The Delafield Commission and the American Military Profession (Texas A&M Press, 2000) and is currently writing a history of American political-military relations. Colonel Moten holds a doctorate in history from Rice University.
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