Major General (Ret'd) Dr David T. Zabecki retired from the US Army in 2007. He started his military career as an infantry rifleman in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. In 2003, he was attached to the US State Department as the Senior Security Advisor on the US Coordinating and Monitoring Mission (Roadmap to Peace in the Middle East), where he negotiated between the Israeli Defense Force and the multiple Palestinian security organizations.In 2004, he was the commander of US forces supporting the 60th anniversary commemorations of the D-Day Landings, Operation Market-Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge. In 2005–06 he
was the senior US Army commander in Europe south of the Alps, based in Vicenza, Italy. He holds a PhD in Military History from the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, where his supervisor was the late Professor Richard Holmes. In 2012 he served as the Dr Leo A. Shifirn Distinguished Professor of Military History at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis. He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the War Studies Programme at the University of Birmingham (UK). He is the author or editor of numerous military history books. In 2016 his encyclopaedia, Germany at War: 400 Years of Military History, won a Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award.