Myles B. Caggins III is a colonel in the U.S. Army. He provides expertise on public information warfare, ISIS, Kurdish affairs, veterans issues, national security, and military culture. He is founder and CEO of Words Warriors LLC a translation, public relations, and business advising company with offices in New York City and Erbil, Iraq. From military posts, combat zones, inside the Pentagon, and the White House (National Security Council), he has led communication strategy for some of the most challenging issues of the past decade, including: America’s rebalance to Asia and policy towards North Korea and China; Guantanamo and enemy combatant detention; the mission to defeat ISIS; military human capital and recruiting; and nuclear security.
Most recently, he served as the U.S. Army’s Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He served three year-long combat tours in Iraq. He is former spokesman for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria where he led a multinational communication team representing 78 nations. He has extensive international media experience and relationships with journalists—particularly on Arabic and Kurdish language networks. He has written commentary for CFR.org, The Root, Richmond Times-Dispatch, and the Armed Forces Journal. He has lectured, paneled, and keynoted at the Council on Foreign Relations, Pepperdine University, Hampton University, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Defense Information School, among other institutions.
He serves on non-profit boards for the Youthcast Media Group, New York Kurdish Cultural Center, and the Advisory Board for Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.
Colonel Caggins has earned numerous military awards, and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, the Combat Action Badge, and the Presidential Service Badge.
Myles earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Hampton University; and a master’s in public relations from Georgetown University. He completed Harvard Kennedy School’s year-long National Security Fellows program in 2018. His personal network is multidisciplinary, multiethnic, and multinational; he is a Life Member in the Council on Foreign Relations, the Military Officers Association of America, and other professional and social organizations. He tweets at: @mylescaggins