Douglas A. Pryer retired as a lieutenant colonel from the US Army military intelligence corps in 2017, last serving as a political-military advisor in the Joint Staff J-5, Strategic Plans and Policy, Deputy Directorate-Middle East. His military experience includes five years supporting combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. His book, The Fight for the High Ground, and essays on warfare’s moral and psychological dimensions have earned numerous military writing awards. He is currently pursuing a PhD in International Politics at the University of Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, where he lives with his wife, Sonie, and two children, Leo and Brooke.