Contact & Staff Directory

TIDES is located at:

Center for Technology & National Security Policy,
National Defense University
Fort Lesley J. McNair
260 5th Avenue Lincoln Hall, Suite 3600
Washington, D.C. 20319


We are available
M-F 9 am to 5 pm ETD

Staff Directory :

LouElin Dwyer-Najmi
Assistant Research Fellow – Deputy Director, TIDES Project
Lou Elin is an Assistant Research Fellow with a focus on civil-military affairs. She also serves as The Deputy Director of the TIDES project. Lou Elin received her Master’s from The George Washington University (2008) and her Bachelor’s degree from American University.

Dr. Linton Wells II
Founder, TIDES Project
Dr. Linton Wells II is the former Director of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) at National Defense University (NDU) and also is a Distinguished Research Professor. Prior to coming to NDU he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) from 1991 to 2007, serving last as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks and Information Integration). In addition, he served as the Acting Assistant Secretary and DoD Chief Information Officer for nearly two years. In twenty-six years of naval service, Dr. Wells served in a variety of surface ships, including command of a destroyer squadron and guided missile destroyer. He was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1967 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and oceanography. He attended graduate school at The Johns Hopkins University, receiving a Master of Science in Engineering degree in mathematical sciences and a PhD in international relations. He is also a 1983 graduate of the Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo, the first U.S. naval officer to attend there. He has thrice been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

David Becker

Director for Civil Military Activities Integration, Center for Technology and National Security Policy

David Becker works to promote cross-cutting research and knowledge sharing between the US military and civilian organizations, from other parts of the US government to non-governmental organizations or international organizations, particularly in the fields of humanitarian and disaster relief, stabilization, or development. As Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Complex Operations at the National Defense University, David Becker continued a long-held interest in “contested development” and multi-disciplinary approaches to foreign assistance. Wrapping up a year of research and promoting best practices in stabilization and counter-insurgency for the “next generation of interventions” (post Iraq and Afghanistan), he is now working on civil-military integration in difficult environments. From 2007-2010 he served at the US Embassy in Haiti as the Stabilization Coordinator, leading an experimental inter-agency DOD-funded program to restore control to violent ungoverned urban zones by tightly integrating security and development across multiple agencies and with the UN. Post-earthquake he was the senior civilian advisor to the US military commander for the largest US military-supported disaster relief deployment in history. He spent 23 years overseas as a Foreign Service officer in countries with weak governance, active insurgencies and transnational criminal networks. Eight of those years were supervising large USG-funded security and counter-narcotics efforts in Guatemala (1992-1996) and Colombia (1997-2001). He also served in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Honduras and even Miami (as a senior level advisor to a major telecom company’s overseas operations). From 2004-2006 he was the Foreign Policy Advisor to the TRANSCOM Combatant Commander, supporting the command’s transformation to new public-private operations in difficult global locations. A 2004 graduate of the National War College Masters program, he has published several articles on counterinsurgency, stabilization and complex and contested development.

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