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Air Force Lt. Col. Conor Hiney Joins the Washington Institute as a Military Fellow


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lieutenant Colonel Conor Hiney of the United States Air Force has joined the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as a visiting military fellow, the research institution announced today.

Lt. Col. Hiney is a command navigator with over 2,000 hours in the F-15E fighter jet and has flown over 400 combat hours. Previously, he was the director of operations and commander of the 17th Weapons Squadron at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School in Nevada. He has also worked at the AFCENT Air Warfare Center in the United Arab Emirates conducting training in multiple Persian Gulf and GCC countries.

"It is a pleasure and a privilege to host Lt. Col. Hiney for the next year at the Institute," Washington Institute Executive Director Dr. Robert Satloff said. "His perspective on U.S. policy in the Middle East is invaluable to our research, and we hope to provide him with the resources and expertise he needs to better serve the U.S. Air Force."

Lt. Col. Hiney received a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia and a master's in business administration (MBA) from Trident University.

Read his first PolicyWatch, entitled "Plugging the Gaps in Saudi Arabia's Air Defenses" co-authored with Michael Knights.

About the Washington Institute: The Washington Institute is an independent, nonpartisan research institution funded exclusively by U.S. citizens that seeks to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East and to promote the policies that secure them. Drawing on the research of its fellows and the experience of its policy practitioners, the Institute promotes informed debate and scholarly research on U.S. policy in the region.

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