Small Wars Journal

Andrew Milburn


Andrew Milburn retired from the Marine Corps as a colonel in 2019 after a 31 year career. His last position in uniform was Deputy Commander of Special Operations Central (SOCCENT), and prior to that commanding officer of the Marine Raider Regiment and Combined Special Operations Task Force – Iraq.

Since retiring, he has written a critically acclaimed memoir: When the Tempest Gathers and has had articles published in  The Atlantic USA Today, JFQ, and War on the Rocks, in addition to the Military Times .  He is on the Adjunct Faculty of the Joint Special Operations University and teaches classes on leadership, planning, ethics, command and control, mission command, risk, special operations and irregular warfare at US military schools.  He is a co-host of the Modern War Institute’s Irregular War Podcast, and Irregular War Initiative

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