Ronald Ratcliff, Dr.
National Security Affairs
Professor Ratcliff joined the Department of National Security Affairs faculty in June 2000 after graduating with highest distinction from the Naval War College. In addition to teaching in the Leadership Concepts sub-course of NSA, he teaches an elective in Southeast Asian Security and an elective on Human Capital and Workforce Strategies. A career surface warfare officer, he retired after 31 years of active naval service in July 2003. Among his notable duty assignments were tours as the Naval Attaché in Malaysia, Operations Officer in a Carrier Strike Group Staff, command of a guided-missile frigate, and instructor at the French Naval Academy. He received his PhD in Humanities from Salve Regina University in 2008, and has a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies (2000), Master of Science in Finance from the Naval Postgraduate School (’84) and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Montana (’71). Professor Ratcliff has published a variety of articles in both U.S. and international defense related publications. He has also written several case studies and technical notes used in the NSDM/TSDM courses addressing organizational strategy development, decision making, risk management, and conflict management. His current areas of research include maritime piracy and counterinsurgency strategy.
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