Scott Ruston is a media studies scholar and Naval Reserve Officer. His research focuses on media studies, narrative theory, current events and popular culture for strategic communication and public diplomacy, and has guest lectured to both military and academic audiences on these topics. He is co-author of Narrative Landmines: Rumors, Islamist Extremism, and the Struggle for Strategic Influence (Rutgers University Press, 2012), and is an Assistant Research Professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University.


Bill Savin is an accomplished communications trainer with more than two decades of experience in corporate public relations, journalism and military public affairs. He has worked with the aviation/aerospace, defense, energy, higher education and healthcare industries. Bill is an award-winning journalist and has worked globally in print, radio and television. Bill is also a Commander in the United States Naval Reserve and serves the director and spokesperson of his unit.


Robert S. Thoms has more than 20 years of experience in the private and public sector representing the interests of both elected officials and industry leaders as well as an intimate knowledge of military and legislative issues. He is Veteran of the Persian Gulf War and currently serves as a Public Affairs Officer in the United States Navy Reserves stationed at the Pentagon’s Chief of Naval Information Office. Robert is also an Adjunct Instructor to the Navy Prospective Commanding Officers School in New Orleans teaching Communication and Congressional Affairs courses.

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