Author Archives: Matt Zeller

About Matt Zeller

Matt Zeller, a native of Rochester, New York, is a consultant on alternative energy and defense issues, working in northern Virginia. His latest book, Watches Without Time (Just World Books, 2012), gives a vivid description of what he experienced while serving as an embedded combat adviser with the Afghan security forces in Ghazni, Afghanistan, in 2008. Matt is a Captain in the US Army Reserve and a former officer of the Central Intelligence Agency. He was the Democrat candidate for Congress in 2010 in NY's 29th Congressional District.

Our Final Afghan Chapter?

I’m still shocked over ISAF’s announcement that its forces will indefinitely suspend training and partnering with all Afghan National Security Forces below the battalion level. As a former embedded combat adviser to the ANSF, I simply could not properly train … Continue reading

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Michael Moore Thinks I’m a Genius

I’ve had the esteemed pleasure to join several Huff Post Live discussions over the past few weeks. Most of these segments focused on Veterans and the ongoing war in Afghanistan. On today’s segment, however, I joined an esteemed panel that … Continue reading

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Apply the Lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan to Any Syrian Intervention

Roll Call published my latest OPED advising Congress and US leaders on how to proceed with Syria. Bottom line — if we intervene militarily, we need to apply lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The Forgotten

I recently received the very sad news that a member of my high school alumni community lost her husband to enemy fire in Afghanistan. My best friend serves in the same unit. I’ve served in their area of operations (Wardak … Continue reading

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Ideamensch and an announcment

My friends and family, I hope this finds you well. I wanted to share with you my latest interview with Ideamensch. I hope those of you who have received your copy of the book are finding it enjoyable and insightful. And if … Continue reading

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An Interview with Abu Muqawama Eight Years in the Making

I spent the summer of 2004 in immersion Arabic training at the University of Chicago as part of my David Boren National Security Education Fellowship award. We spent five days in class, full time, signed a pledge to only speak … Continue reading

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Recent media coverage

In the past few days, I’ve had the honor of giving interviews to MSNBC, FOX News, and Enterprise Radio regarding my book. I cannot begin to adequately thank these networks and my publicist, John Cpin for making these happen. Keep a … Continue reading

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How To Fix America’s Coming Student Loan Crisis

The cost of higher education has run rampant to the point that Americans are likely to graduate college with a mortgage worth of debt, just without the home. Americans currently owe more in student loan debt than they do in … Continue reading

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Thoughts on this coming Memorial Day

Four years after my Afghanistan service, not a day goes by that I don’t think about my time over there. Prior to my deployment, Memorial Day meant a parade, a family barbecue, and a long holiday weekend. But now I … Continue reading

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