Each year the Civilian-Military Relations Program welcomes officers from both the Army and Marines serving in a Senior Service College Fellowship capacity. Officers selected as fellows at USIP have extensive military experience and are able to bring their functional and geographic expertise to USIP’s programs. This fellowship provides an opportunity for mutual learning between fellows and USIP experts. Learn more about the work of former Military Fellows (PDF).

Current Military Fellows

Michael Radke, Colonel, United States Army 

Colonel Michael Radke is a United States Army War College Fellow at USIP. Prior to joining the institute, from 2003-2018, Colonel Radke held a variety of leadership and staff positions including Detachment Commander in 10th Special Forces Group, Operations Officer for the Joint Staff Deputy Director of Operations-Special Operations, and Special Operations Battalion Commander.  Colonel Radke served in Europe and the Middle East and has multiple deployments to conflict zones in the region.  

Colonel Radke holds a B.S. in Political Science from the United States Military Academy and a M.A. in National Security Affairs & Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.

Robert W. Phillips - Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

Lieutenant Colonel Robert W. Phillips is the United States Army War College Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He was commissioned in 1998 the Army as an Infantry officer in 1998 and served in airborne, air assault, and mechanized infantry units. In 2007, LTC Phillips transitioned to the Public Affairs career field. From 2007-2011, LTC Phillips served as an Observer, Controller and Mentor at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Ft. Polk, Louisiana.  From 2012-2015, LTC Phillips served as Public Affairs Planner at NATOs Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium. From 2015-2017, LTC Phillips was the 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Officer at Schofield Barracks Hawaii.

Most recently, LTC Phillips served as the Public Affairs Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Mark A. Milley.  LTC Phillips served several tours in Europe, the Pacific, and has multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

LTC Phillips holds a BA in History from Western Kentucky University (1998), and a MA in National Security Affairs and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College (2012).

Barian A. Woodward - Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Barian Woodward is an active duty United States Marine assigned to the U.S. Institute of Peace as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow. Lieutenant Colonel Woodward is a communications officer with 27 years of service and has commanded at the detachment, company and battalion levels.

Prior to arriving at USIP, Lieutenant Colonel Woodward served as the Battalion Commander, Communication Training Battalion, Marine Corps Communication Electronics School at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. He has deployed to Afghanistan as well as being forward deployed multiple times to Okinawa, Japan in INDOPACOM area of responsibility.

Lieutenant Colonel Woodward holds a B.S. Computer Science from Old Dominion University and M.A. in Military Studies from Marine Corps University.