I’m currently a senior researcher in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings, where I work with one of the foremost defense and foreign policy experts in the country. I have published numerous pieces on conflict, done data analysis for eight books, and managed the acclaimed Afghanistan Index and Iraq Index. I’ve also been responsible for numerous communications and events related activities. My primary areas of expertise are Iraq, South Asia, insurgencies, and the U.S. military.
In addition to my primary job in D.C., I am also the information lead for The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang. I forecast and edit weekly for CWG. Additionally, I write about general weather and climate both locally and nationally, cover severe weather across the D.C. region, and help manage the social media presence. Oh yeah, I’m a photographer there too! My main focus in writing and research at CWG is severe weather, climatology, and risk communication. Beginning summer 2015, I am the forecaster for WAMU’s Morning Edition every Friday.
I have been instrumental in developing several popular weather web sites over the years. In the early 2000s, I co-founded the Eastern U.S. Weather Forums with a handful of online friends. That web site went on to become the most popular forum of its kind for many years. We also ran an annual conference which occurred every summer, starting in 2005 and running through 2014. The forum was re-branded as American Weather Forums in 2011 due in large to its growth outside the initial “borders,” and I helped lead that web site until 2014 before giving up my official capacity to focus on other projects.
One of those projects began in 2012, when I started United States Tornadoes (ustornadoes.com). The site was born during the cold of February. It came from a yearning to return to the Plains, a fearful love of storms, and a desire to further understand tornadoes as well as share the word of their power and beauty. The site, still relatively young and starting up in a period of diminished tornadic activity, has already thrived. It has become a go-to destination for thoughtful information on the subject and has been cited in publications across the globe.
Before moving to the city, I lived in Connecticut and attended UConn. Prior to arriving on the East Coast in the late 1990s, I spent my early years in California and Texas. I’ve called D.C. home for a decade now.