David Polatty is a civilian professor at the U.S. Naval War College and founder/director of the college’s Humanitarian Response Program. He is also a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve with over 28 years of service and he has commanded five Navy Reserve units. He is currently serving as a Visiting Scholar at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Dave holds a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy, MA from the U.S. Naval War College, is a graduate of the U.S. Joint Forces Staff College, and is designated as a Joint Qualified Officer. Dave’s opinions in Just Security articles are those of the author alone and do not represent the views of the U.S. government, the Defense Department or the U.S. Navy.