Sean R. Liedman is a Commander in the U.S. Navy, and authored this thesis while serving as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Weatherhead Center For International Affairs at Harvard University. He is a career Naval Flight Officer in the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community, and most recently served as the Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8). He earned his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991 and master’s degree from the U.S. Naval War College in 2002.