Phil Walter is the founder of Divergent Options. Phil has served in the infantry, as an instructor for a private military contractor, and in intelligence, strategy, policy, and program analyst roles.
Steve Leonard is a co-founder of Divergent Options, a former senior military strategist, and the creative force behind Doctrine Man!! A career writer and speaker with a passion for developing and mentoring the next generation of thinking leaders, he is a founding member of the Military Writers Guild and a frequent contributor to the Atlantic Council’s Art of Future Warfare Project. Published extensively, his writing focuses on issues of foreign policy, national security, strategy and planning, leadership and leader development, and, occasionally, fiction. An alumnus of the School of Advanced Military Studies, he led the interagency team that authored the U.S. Army’s first stability operations doctrine, spearheaded the reintroduction of operational art into capstone doctrine, and wrote the guiding principles for the Army Design Methodology. He is the author of four books, numerous professional articles, countless blog posts, and is a prolific military cartoonist. Follow his writing on his personal blog, The Pendulum, and on Twitter at @Doctrine_Man.
Captain Robert N. Hein is a co-founder of Divergent Options and a career Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy. He previously commanded the USS Gettysburg (CG-64) and the USS Nitze (DDG-94). He has written extensively on naval issues, and his articles have appeared in such publications as Naval Institute Proceedings, The Baltimore Sun, The Miami Herald, War on the Rocks, Naval Engineers Journal, Real Clear Defense, National Interest, CIMSEC, Divergent Options, and Florida Sportsman. He is a Member of the Military Writers Guild, can be found on Twitter @the_sailor_dog, and also likes to play blackjack, smoke cigars, and drink scotch.