Maykish, Paul "PJ"

Senior Military Fellow, Center for Strategic Research


Areas of Expertise:  Military Strategy, Command and Control, Operational Concepts, Artificial Intelligence

Colonel Paul "PJ" Maykish, USAF, is a Senior Military Fellow at the Center for Strategic Research (CSR) at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) in Washington D.C. where he is detailed full-time to the National Commission on Artificial Intelligence. 

Operationally, Col Maykish is a Ranger-qualified Airman with C4I experience including two-years of commanding the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) in the Middle East from 2017-2019.  Strategically, his record includes two years as the Air Force Strategy Advisor for the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD-P) where he designed Third Offset concepts, deterrence assessment frameworks, and the National Defense Strategy “stretch problems” to solve U.S. deterrence credibility issues.  His current strategy work is analyzing and countering threats against the U.S. from artificial intelligence and associated technologies.  He has served 23 years in command and control (C2) operations as an Air Battle Manager (ABM) for Operations Desert Fox, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Infinite Resolve and direct support to classified special operations.  He is a master ABM with 2000 flying hours; 400 in combat operations.

Col Maykish received a Master of Philosophy in Military Strategy from the School of Advanced Air and Spacepower Studies (SAASS), Maxwell AFB, AL in 2011, a Master of Arts in National Security Strategy from the National War College at National Defense University, DC, in 2015, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Military Strategy from SAASS in 2016.