Shawn W. Burns, Ed.D.
Associate Research Professor
Shawn Burns is an Associate Research Professor in the War Gaming Department, responsible with colleagues to design, execute, and analyze war games. He previously taught in the in the National Security Decision Making department, and also in the College Of Distance Education’s web-based Joint Military Operations course. He later served as an operations analyst in the College of Operational And Strategic Leadership’s Assist and Assess Team.
Before joining the Naval War College, he served as a Marine lieutenant colonel helicopter pilot, completing overseas deployments with the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, 22nd and 24th Marine Expeditionary Units, and the Second Air/Naval Gunfire Liaison Company. He also completed the Defense Acquisition University’s resident Advanced Program Management Course.
Professor Burns has designed several war games including the N-81 Force Design Workshop, Pacific Fleet’s Standardized Task Force Command and Control game, and led war game project teams for the Indo-Pacific War Game, Information Dominance War Game, and the multi-national Inter-American War Game. He additionally shared war gaming techniques during visits to international military institutions in Azerbaijan, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Uruguay.
He holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from Johnson & Wales University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies (M.A. NSSS) from the U.S. Naval War College, and Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Salem State College.
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