Peter J. Ognibene, a writer in Alexandria, Virginia, is a graduate of the Air Force Academy who holds master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and government and politics from the University of Maryland. As an Air Force officer, he served in the Vietnam war and taught American government, international relations and defense policy as a member of the political science faculty at the Air Force Academy. He has written extensively about politics, military affairs, science and technology for newspapers, magazines and online publications. He is the author of an unauthorized political biography, Scoop: The Life and Politics of Henry M. Jackson, and a novel, The Big Byte, a high-tech thriller about a plot to destroy the electronic banking system. He is finishing work on a novel, Selma, an interracial love story set in 1965 amid the civil rights revolution in Alabama.