Ronald S. Mangum, J.D., M.A. (BG (Ret.) USA), graduated from Northwestern University (B.A., History), Northwestern University Law School (J.D., Law), and Norwich University (M.A., Diplomacy and Military Science). He retired as a Brigadier General from the United States Army in 2004. During a 35 year career Ron commanded at every level from Special Forces "A" Detachment through joint theater-level combatant component commander. His last assignment was in South Korea for three years as Commanding General, Special Operations Command Korea; Commander, United Nations Special Operations Component; and Deputy Commanding General ROK/U.S. Combined Unconventional Warfare Task Force, comprised of approximately 18,000 ROK and U.S. special operations forces. He is qualified in the military specialties of Infantry, Special Forces, Armor, Engineer, Military Intelligence and Civil Affairs, and his military schooling includes Airborne (Master Parachutist), Ranger, Special Forces, SCUBA and Pathfinder. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, General Officer Capstone Course and the General Officer/Flag Officer Joint Warfighting Course. He has been an instructor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, a guest lecturer at the U.S. Army Military Academy, West Point, and has published a number of articles on various military topics. He currently teaches National Security Studies at American Military University.
Between active duty stints, Ron served in the U.S. Army Reserve, and was managing partner of a nationally recognized law firm in Chicago, Illinois. He was an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University, University of Illinois (Chicago), Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University of Chicago, and the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois. He is a member of the Federal Trial Bar and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, U.S. Federal District Courts, U.S. Tax Court and the Supreme Courts of the States of Illinois and Wisconsin.
His most recent career posting was consulting in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia as Senior Military Advisor to the Ministry of Defense, advising the Georgian government on the development of its military and leading toward NATO membership. He is currently the Country Director (Chief of Party) of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Armenia, advising the Ministry of Justice, Armenian Judiciary and Legal Professionals on improving the Armenian legal system.