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Mr. James Ahern

U.S. Army

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LIS PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION: Certified professional librarian in the Commonwealth of Virginia; CURRENT EMPLOYMENT STATUS: U.S. Army (Active-Duty Lieutenant Colonel, Civil Affairs Branch); JOB DUTY DESCRIPTION/RESPONSIBILITIES: Force Management; Military Duty Description: I serve in the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel on active duty. My primary function is to perform force integration and management functions, to include, doctrinal capabilities determination, organizational structure management, strategic-level functional area analysis, and future concepts development, for the US Army Reserve’s Civil Affairs force (including citizen-soldier functional specialties for Cultural Affairs, Cultural Heritage Preservation, and Archives Management), which consists of approximately 8,800 authorized duty positions in the continental U.S., Europe, and Hawaii. CURRENT DUTY STATUS: Currently, I am assigned to the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island as a resident student (Senior Class) pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Strategy and National Security; AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: (A) Organizational design and functional staff integration, strategic capabilities determination, military geo-strategic contingency planning for cultural-heritage preservation and cultural property protection, risk & knowledge management, ontology, taxonomy, and digital stewardship. (B) Institute Conference Panels, Seminars, and Workshops: (1) Speaker/presenter and panelist, the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation conference, “Culture and Conflict: The U.S. and the 1954 Hague Convention,” 23 October 2009. http://www.culturalheritagelaw.org/2009fallconference (2) Panel member, Cultural Heritage by Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)-Military Panel (CHAMP). http://aiamilitarypanel.org/references/modern-sources/ (3) Conference participant, the Lawyer’s Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, “From Plunder to Preservation: The Untold Story of Cultural Heritage, World War II, and the Pacific,” 8 -9 November 2012, National Trust for Historic Preservation building, Washington, D.C. http://www.culturalheritagelaw.org/warinthepacific (4) Selected member participant, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (28 July – 2 August 2013). (5) Selected member participant, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, Library Leadership in the Digital Age (20-22 March 2014). FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Japanese (12 undergraduate credit hours) and a summer immersion program at the Japanese Language Institute of Sapporo (2003)