Welton Chang

Welton Chang is a psychology PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2005-2014, he served as a Defense Department analyst and U.S. Army officer. His overseas experience includes 21 months in Iraq and a year in South Korea. He sits on the board of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and is a Truman National Security Fellow. Welton earned a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Recent articles from Welton Chang

A Soldier, assigned to the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade on Fort Meade, Md., sets up low level voice intercept equipment during a cyber integration exercise on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Oct. 21, 2015.
Why Now Is The Time To Establish A Standalone Cyber Force
Now that DoD recognizes cyberspace as an operating environment, it needs to seriously consider standing up an independent cyber force.
bergdahl protest
The Psychology Behind Strong Emotional Reactions To Bergdahl
There are robust psychological explanations for the strength of the near-involuntary reactions to any mention of Bergdahl and his actions.
Secretary of State John Kerry looks on as Secretary of Defense Ash Carter testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on behalf of the Iranian nuclear deal recently brokered by the Obama administration in Washington, July 29, 2015.
The 3 Conditions That Must Be Met At Home Before The US Takes More Action In Syria
There must be a political solution to Syria before the U.S. puts any troops on the ground.
Paratroopers with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division fire at insurgent forces during a firefight in Afghanistan’s Ghazni Province, June 15, 2012.
The Use Of Military Force Is About More Than Expected Outcomes
Not taking action when there are good odds of success can be just as detrimental as taking action when things aren’t likely to work out.
The entrance to the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center, in Linthicum, Maryland, Sept. 10, 2014.
More Cyber Professionals At The Pentagon Doesn’t Guarantee Better Security
When it comes to cyber security, DoD should focus less on quantity and more on efficiency.
Light armored vehicle crewmen with Task Force 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 8 fill their LAV with bottled water supplied by motor transportation Marines during a logpack on July 11, 2009, in Iraq's Ninewa province.
How Should We Carry The Emotional Weight Of Squandered Campaigns?
As cities that veterans bled for in Iraq and Afghanistan fall, we must remember to use our emotional reaction to these events wisely.
U.S. Army Pvt. Kelly Roark and an Iraqi interpreter maintain tight security of potential Iraqi police recruits waiting in the hot mid-day sun, June 17, 2007.
Don’t Let Foreign Interpreters Who Supported Troops Get Left Behind
We need to honor our commitments to those who’ve served, but not much visible progress has been made.