Stephen Coles grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in economics. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer. Stephen served as the Electronic and Information Warfare Officer, First Lieutenant, and a Ballistic Missile Defense Officer on the Spain-based USS Carney. He led sailors on deployments throughout the Mediterranean region, including operations in the Black Sea and off the coasts of Libya and Syria. More recently, Stephen served on the USS Wayne E. Meyer as the Fire Control Officer and acting Combat Systems Officer on deployments to South America and the western Pacific. At Yale, he is focusing his studies on how emerging technologies impact global security.