Howard Coombs received his PhD in 2010. He is currently on the faculty of the Royal Military College of Canada. Since being employed at RMC he has spent a year in Kandahar, Afghanistan as a civilian advisor to the mission, as well as published a number of monographs, chapters and articles. Howard currently teaches History and War Studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also a member of the Canadian Army Reserve assigned on a part-time basis to the staff of 4th Canadian Division Headquarters, Toronto.