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Daniel Marston BA MA (McGill) DPhil (Oxon.) FRHistS holds a Professorship in Military Studies and is also the Principal of the Military and Defence Studies Program at the Australian Command & Staff College in Canberra. He previously held the Ike Skelton Distinguished Chair of the Art of War at the US Army Command and General Staff College. He has been a Research Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University and a Visiting Fellow with the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War and the Multi-National National Forces—Iraq COIN Center for Excellence in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He has been advising the USA, USMC, British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2006. His research focuses on the topic of how armies learn and reform. His first book Phoenix from the Ashes, an in-depth assessment of how the British/Indian Army turned defeat into victory in the Burma campaign of the Second World War, won the Field Marshal Templer Medal Book Prize in 2003. He completed his doctorate in the history of war at Balliol College, Oxford University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.