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Jeffery D. Pedersen, COL

Jeffery D. Pedersen, COL

Deputy Chair
Professor of Law
International Law
Phone:
(401) 841-6590
Email:
jeffery.pedersen@usnwc.edu

Profile

Colonel Jeffery D. Pedersen joined the faculty of the International Law Department as Deputy Chair and Associate Professor in June 2013 after graduating from the Naval War College with distinction. Before coming to the War College, Colonel Pedersen served as Staff Judge Advocate for three consecutive assignments, most recently for the Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He has served in numerous overseas assignments including Germany, Turkey, Bosnia, Belgium, Panama and Korea. His overseas operational assignments include Deputy Legal Advisor, Headquarters, Stabilization Force (NATO), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2002-2003 and Command Judge Advocate, Joint Task Force Safe-Haven, Empire Range, Panama, 1994-1995, an operation providing safe haven to 10,000 Cuban detainees.

Previous assignments include: Staff Judge Advocate, Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 2011-2012; Acting Chief of Staff, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, Korea, June-August 2010; Staff Judge Advocate, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, Korea, 2009-2011; Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Alaska, Fort Richardson, Alaska, 2007-2009;  Chief, Military and Civil Law Division, Office of the Judge Advocate, Headquarters, United States Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany; Officer-in-Charge, Northern Law Center, 21st Theater Support Command, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium 2003-2005; Deputy Legal Advisor, Headquarters, Stabilization Force (NATO), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2002-2003; Deputy Staff Judge Advocate and Officer-in-Charge United States Army Alaska, Fort Richardson, Alaska, 1999-2002; Student, 47th Graduate Course, The Judge Advocate General's School, United States Army, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1998-1999; Command Judge Advocate, Allied Land Forces Southeastern Europe (NATO), Izmir, Turkey, 1996-1998; Chief of Legal Assistance, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, 1995-1996; Command Judge Advocate, Joint Task Force Safe-Haven, Empire Range, Panama, 1994-1995; Administrative Law, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, 1993-1994; Trial Defense Counsel, 1st Armored Division, Bad Kreuznach, Germany, 1991-1993; Chief of Legal Assistance and Legal Assistance, 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Bad Kreuznach, Germany, 1990-1991; and Student, 120th Basic Course, The Judge Advocate General's School, United States Army, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1990.

Colonel Pedersen’s degrees includes a Bachelor of Science in Economics with High Distinction, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1987; a Jurist Doctor in General Law, Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 1990; Master of Business Administration with concentration in Military Management, Touro University International, Cypress, California, 2003; and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2013. 

Colonel Pedersen's military education includes Judge Advocate Officer's Basic Course, The Judge Advocate General's School, United States Army, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1990; Combined Armed Services Staff School, United States Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1994; Air Command and Staff College (non-resident), United States Air Force 1998; Master of Laws (L.L.M.), Military Law, The Judge Advocate General's School, United States Army, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1999; Navy Command and Staff College (non-resident), United States Navy, 2000; Command and General Staff College (non-resident), United States Army, 2001; and the Air War College (non-resident), United States Air Force, 2004; Navy War College (resident), 2013.

Colonel Pedersen's awards include Legion of Merit (with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with 1st OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (with 4th OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with 1st OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achieve Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (with Bronze Arabic Numeral 8), NATO Medal.

Colonel Pedersen is a member of the Iowa and Colorado bars and is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

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