Jarod Taylor graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2008 with a B.S. in History. Upon graduating, Jarod was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army and went on to lead Soldiers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to support the combined UN interagency and U.S. military humanitarian aid mission following the January 2010 earthquake. He later served in Anbar and Baghdad Provinces, Iraq supporting the multinational coalition’s effort to train, advise, and assist the Iraqi security forces in 2011. More recently, in 2014 and 2015, Jarod commanded soldiers in Afghanistan supporting NATO efforts to advise the Afghan security forces and supporting the U.S. counterterrorism mission in Wardak and Helmand Provinces. Prior to attending Yale, Jarod served as a general staff officer assigned to NATO Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey, and also interned with the McChrystal Group in Alexandria, Virginia. Jarod is a recipient of the U.S. Army’s General Wayne A. Downing Scholarship in addition to a Combating Terrorism Center fellowship at West Point, and plans to use the opportunity to study state-level approaches to counterterrorism and national security strategy at Yale.