David Della Volpe
Center for Naval Warfare Studies
Professor DellaVolpe is the Chairman, War Gaming Department, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. He has been on the faculty of the War Gaming Department since February 2005 following over 30 years of active duty in the United States Air Force.
Since his arrival at the Naval War College, he has designed and taught all the practical exercises for the JFMCC and CFMCC Flag Officer Courses, taught the JFMCC concepts to naval staffs, served as one of the initial cadre of the Navy’s Assist and Assess team for the JFMCC certification process, and drafted the initial revision to NWP 5-01, Navy Planning. He has also designed and executed a game for the Naval Forces Europe and Sixth Fleet on their Maritime Engagement Plan for the Gulf of Guinea, served as the moderator for a bilateral game with senior faculty of the Naval War College and the Russian Kusnetsov Naval Academy, and for several interagency and multinational events on the Proliferation Security Initiative.
On active duty, he was an F-15E and F-4 Weapon Systems Officer. Professor DellaVolpe was assigned to eight different operational and training units in the United States, Europe, and Pacific. He has served as the 20th Fighter Squadron Commander, Holloman AFB, New Mexico; the 4th Support Group Commander and 4th Fighter Wing Vice Commander, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, and as Detachment Commander, Air Force ROTC, and Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Studies, Boston University.
In addition to his operational tours, Professor DellaVolpe served as a staff officer at the Headquarters, United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany; as a member of the faculty at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama; and as a Professor of Joint Military Operations, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
Professor DellaVolpe graduated from the Air Command and Staff College in 1988 and the Naval War College in 1995. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University, an M.A. in Military History from the University of Alabama, and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.