J. Scott McPherson, CDR, Ph.D.
Permanent Military Professor
National Security Affairs
Commander J. Scott "McP" McPherson is a Permanent Military Professor in the National Security Affairs Department, where he teaches Leadership Concepts, serves as the subcourse coordinator, and develops the ethics sessions of the curriculum. He holds a PhD from Salve Regina University with an emphasis in ethics, technology, and public policy. He is a recipient of the 2012 Admiral Thomas Weschler Award for inspirational teaching and distinguished graduate of the Naval War College's class of 2000, where he and his seminar received the James V. Forrestal Award for Force Planning.
From 2000-2003, he served at the Pentagon in the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Directorate of Operations (J-3) as Executive Flag Assistant to the Director for Information Operations, as a Psychological Operations Action Officer, and Branch Chief of the Special Activities Division. From 2003-2007, he taught in the Strategy and Policy department of the Naval War College and served as Executive Assistant to the Chair. During this time, he was a key member of the team that bifurcated the resident course into two distinct curriculums and led his department's efforts toward subsequent accreditation for Joint Professional Military Education Phase I and II.
A former Naval Flight Officer, he has achieved mission commander qualifications and operational tours in three different carrier-based aircraft: the E-2C Hawkeye, A-6E Intruder and EA-6B Prowler. During his EA-6B tour, he also earned air wing strike lead qualification. He has flown combat missions in support of the no-fly zones in Iraq as well as Somalia, and has acquired over 3000 flight hours and 590 arrested landings while assigned to various west coast carriers.
His research and interests include ethics, national security, leadership, professional military education, and technology.
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