A combat veteran and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with over 30 years of distinguished military service, Dr. Wenger was Chief, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT) G-2 (Intelligence) Operations and Plans Division; Deputy Brigade Commander (704th Military Intelligence Brigade); Chief – Intelligence Collection Team – Iraq (OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM); Deputy J2-X (Counterintelligence / Human Intelligence) US Central Command (OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM); Associate Dean (Middle East School) at the Defense Language Institute; Army ROTC Professor of Military Science; Battalion and Brigade S2; Aerial Reconnaissance Officer – Panama (OPERATION JUST CAUSE). Other positions in his military career include Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Battalion S3, US Army South Chief Intelligence War Planner (Panama), and US Army South J2 Watch Officer OIC (Panama).
Dr. Wenger holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Development and Change from Colorado Technical University, a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Texas, and a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Pennsylvania State University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Basic and Advanced Military Intelligence Courses, the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Officer Course, and the U.S. Army Airborne School. Dr. Wenger’s doctoral dissertation was a qualitative investigation of the discrimination faced by today’s post-9/11 military veterans related to the public stigma of PTSD.
Within the law enforcement arena, Dr. Wenger was the Army’s Counterdrug Tactical Analysis Team Senior Intelligence Analyst (Guatemala). He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching Doctoral, Master’s and Undergraduate students in the areas of criminal justice, intelligence and security, and has served on and chaired Doctoral Dissertation Committees to include law enforcement de-escalation. Dr. Wenger is a Senior Instructor with the National De-escalation Training Center (NDTC). He is also a member of the NDTC Executive Council representing the Mid-Atlantic Division as Regional Manager.
"This seminal study is the first randomized control trial to demonstrate a significant reduction in officer use of force following de-escalation training implementation."