Mr. James Ahern

U.S. Army

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PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION:  Certified professional librarian in the Commonwealth of Virginia (Certificate No. 5865, 19 June 2012)

Beta Phi Mu Academic Honor Society for International Library & Information Studies, 2012

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT STATUS: U.S. Army Civil Affairs officer branch, Director of Force Management, Army Reserve Center, Fort Meade, Maryland)


Military Duty Description: 

Serves as the principal military senior special staff Force Management officer (Functional Area 50) for a Two-Star General functional command of 118 Army Reserve military units located in 33 states and territories with over 14 thousand funded operational, administrative oversight, and installation management requirements that impact global military operations.  Directly advises the Commanding General (CG) on all matters involving unit stationing actions, adjustments to force structure documentation, the research and creation of strategic-level analytical metrics and informational products, to include cartographic maps, statistical-data and thematic charts, and various analytical executive summary correspondence.  Supervises a four-member specialized Force Development/Management (FD/FM) technical staff.  Responsible for executing a budget of 22K annually. Specific functions include: coordinating all Army Reserve troop force design and doctrinal organization updates with the respective functional U.S. Army Centers of Excellence, the Combined Arms Center (CAC), and the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).   

Additional Duty Requirements:  Responsible for the management of the head-quarter's electronic archival records and the digital library collection related to the seven domains of Force Development (FD) in support of the U.S. Forces Command (FORSCOM) headquarters library, the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), and several functional academic libraries of U.S. Army Centers of Excellence (CoEs) field and military academic collections, and the knowledge management (KM) of all assigned military units' historical, heritage, and doctrinal design documentation in digital format consistent with all applicable Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) publications and Army service policies and organizational doctrine, to include:

  1. Army Regulation 25-97, The Army Library Program (5 June 2019) Mission and Purpose:
  2. The mission of the ALP is to serve as a strategic knowledge management resource that enables the Army to gain and maintain full-spectrum knowledge superiority, while concurrently facilitating research, education, training, self-development, well-being, outreach, and lifelong learning-the right information at the right time and place to support the Army mission.
  3. The purpose of the ALP through its various components is to provide professionally managed library services to commanders and their communities to meet a broad spectrum of mission support and unique requirements essential to the Army.

Army Regulation 25-400-2, The Army Records Information Management System (ARIMS).

III. Military Knowledge Management (KM) is the art of creating, organizing, applying, and transferring knowledge to facilitate situational understanding and decision making.

Joint Force Doctrine:
CJCS-J7 Staff, Suffolk, VA
Focus Paper, Knowledge Information Management (KIM), May 2018

Army Policy (Information Management):
Army Regulation 25-1, Army Information Technology, June 2013

Army Doctrine: 
Field Manual 6-01.1
Knowledge Management Operations (July 2012)


B.A. (1992) & MA (1995), University of Akron, Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences

History (East Asian Studies, US Diplomacy, History of Science)

Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), 2012, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies (SOIS)

Post-Master's Certificate, Archives-Digital Stewardship, May 2016, Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS)

M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies, April 2015, U.S. Naval War College (resident), Newport, Rhode Island

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Graduate School, School of Information Studies (SOIS), conferral in December  2021

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; and theories of communication (Claude Shannon) and information system design, heuristics, and ontological methodologies

(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.

 (2) Panel member, Cultural Heritage by Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)-Military Panel (CHAMP).

 (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.

(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 foreign-language immersion program at the Japanese Language Institute of Sapporo (2003)

 PUBLICATION(s): “Cultural Heritage Aspect of Stability Operations: The U.S. Army Reserve Civil Affairs’ Role.” The Officer, Reserve Officers Association Journal (April-May 2010): 58-61.

Professional Military Writing sample from the U.S. Naval War College:

US. Joint Force Cultural Heritage Functional Activities in the Asia-Pacific Region: An Interagency Approach to Enable a Theater-Security Cooperation Partnership with the Union of Myanmar (Burma),” October 2014

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