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Eric Mathewson

Eric Mathewson, a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, is the 2002-2003 National Defense Fellow at The Washington Institute. A combat-proven fighter pilot with more than 2,900 hours in a variety of jet fighter aircraft, he most recently led a Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squadron in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Colonel Mathewson holds a master’s degree in military history and is recipient of the 1998 Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award. The son of an oil executive, he grew up in the Middle East and North Africa, and has worked and traveled extensively throughout the region.

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