currently serves as an Assistant Professor of African History. Dr. Thomas holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of Texas and recently defended his Dissertation, “The Tanzanian People’s Defense Force: An Exercise in Nation Building,” in May of 2012. In addition, he is a co-author of forthcoming book-length works on both secessionist conflicts in Africa and past and present security issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently the primary researcher with the Network Science Center on a project associated with assessing the civil-military relationship in Tanzania as part of the Frontier Capital Markets research at the Network Science Center at West Point. In addition, Dr. Thomas has been selected by AFRICOM to lead the West Point Somali Pirate Capitalism study, which will trace the networks of capital that have sustained the Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.