Ralph Peters (born 1952) is a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel, novelist and essayist. He has sometimes written under the nom-de-plume Owen Parry. Peters was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Schuylkill Haven. His wife, Katherine McIntire Peters, is a reporter for Government Executive magazine (a property of National Journal Group, Inc.) Peters enlisted in the Army as a private in 1976, after attending Pennsylvania State University. After returning from Germany, Peters attended Officer Candidate School and received a commission in 1980. Subsequently, he served with 1st Battalion - 46th Infantry Regiment, then part of the 1st Armored Division, became a Foreign Area Officer, specializing in the Soviet Union. He attended the Command and General Staff College. His last assignment was to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence. He retired in 1998 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Peters has appeared on PBS, FOX News, CNN and other networks with commentary on military issues and current affairs. Peters's first novel was Bravo Romeo, a spy thriller set in West Germany.