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The University of Kansas facilitates education and research programs, along with initiatives through the Department of Defense (DoD) and other military related organizations.

Michael Denning, Colonel, USMC (Ret.)
(785) 864-1684
Strong Hall, Room #222

A retired Marine Corps colonel, Mike is a graduate from the University of Kansas, the Naval War College, and a National Security Fellow from Harvard Kennedy School.

Randy Masten, Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret.)
(785) 864-7455
Strong Hall, Room #222

A former instructor at the Command and General Staff College, Randy Masten has an MA in Russian & Eastern European Studies from KU and a Master's in Military History.

Bill Steele
Program Assistant
(785) 864-7478
Strong Hall, Room #222

Bill is a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy Reserve. He has an MA in Journalism from the University of Oregon and is working toward an MA in Japanese Studies. 

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