David Isby received a B.A. in History from Columbia University in 1975 and three years later took the J.D. from New York University. He is widely recognized as an authority on U.S. national security and foreign affairs relating to the last half of the 20th century. He has testified before Congress, lectured at military staff colleges, and appeared on the MacNeil-Lehrer Report. He has also served as a legislative assistant to Congresswoman Bobbi Fiedler. Mr. Isby is currently an arms control expert at BDM International Corporporation. He has to his credit numerous publications, including over 200 book chapters and articles and 9 books. Of relevance to this paper, he has written Armies of NATO's Central Front, War in a Distant Country: Afghanistan, and two works on weapons and tactics of the Soviet Army.
Dr. Von Hardesty has graduate degrees in History from Case Western Reserve and Ohio State Universities, earning the Ph.D. at the latter institution in 1974. He has served as Chairman of the History Department of Bluffton College in Ohio and has been active in various capacities at the National Air and Space Museum, including Chair of the Research Department. He has been a lecturer, consultant, and educator, having logged over 12 years of teaching experience at universities in Ohio and Washington. His written works include biographies of Igor Sikorsky, Lev Tikhomirov, and other noted Russian and American aviation leaders. He has written or edited several works on U.S. and Soviet aviation history, including Red Phoenix: The Rise of Soviet Air Power, 1941-1945, Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982.