Naval War College leadership

College Leadership & Board of Advisors

The U.S. Naval War College is an educational institution within the Department of the Navy. The President of the Naval War College is accountable directly to the Chief of Naval Operations, who establishes the College's mission, provides general guidelines and appropriated funds for its operation, and selects the president of the Naval War College.


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Lewis M. Duncan

Lewis M. Duncan currently serves as Acting President of the U.S. Naval War College. Additionally, he continues as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, responsible for managing the U.S. National Laboratory of the International Space Station. He also serves as an Associated Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, supporting the global humanitarian missions of the United Nations Operational Satellite Applications Technology (UNOSAT) program. Dr. Duncan is internationally recognized as an accomplished research scientist in experimental space physics and radiophysics.

Vice President/Chief of Staff

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Damon K. Amaral

A Rhode Island native, Capt. Amaral enlisted in 1990 and attended Naval Training Center Orlando, FL. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1995 and served on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS Wasp (LHD 1), and USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). His tours ashore include Administration Officer to the Surface Warfare Officer’s School (SWOS) Department Head Course, Action Officer to Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command/ United States Northern Command, Senior Officer Ship Maintenance and Repair Course (aerospace) Instructor, and Deputy Director of the Prospective Commanding Officer Course at SWOS. He joined the Naval War College in 2013.


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James E. Hickey

Dr. Hickey is a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned graduate degrees from Troy University and King's College, London and holds a Ph.D. from Salve Regina University. A career Naval Flight Officer, prior to joining the S&P faculty in 2000 he taught for three years at the UK’s Joint Services Command and Staff College. He joined the College of Distance Education in 2005 to help launch the Navy Knowledge Online-based series of Professional Military Education courses for junior officers and the enlisted force. From 2007 until 2010 he served as the non-resident Graduate Degree Program Manager then served as the Director of CDE. He assumed his current duties in July 2015.

Command Master Chief

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Keith A. Webb

Master Chief Webb is the Command Master Chief (CMC) for U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. His previous CMC tours was at Training Support Center Hampton Roads, USS WASP (LHD 1), USS OAK HILL (LSD 51) and the USS GARY (FFG 51). He enlisted in the Navy in Feb 1990 and has earned the Afloat and Master Training Specialist qualifications and a Bachelor’s Degree. His awards and decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, six Navy Commendation Medals, six Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various campaign, service and unit awards.

Office of Provost

William F. Bundy
Associate Provost for Warfighting Research and Development, Office of the Provost

James E. Hickey
Acting Provost, Office of the Provost

Rick Menard
Deputy Provost / Director of Mission Support, Office of the Provost

Edward Joseph Gillen
Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Office of the Provost


Allen C. Benson
Director, Henry E. Eccles Library

Leonard Walter Wildemann
Dean, College of Distance Education

Thomas J. Culora
Dean, Center for Naval Warfare Studies

Patrick E. Keyes
Dean & Senior Service Advisor, Dean of Students

Margaret DeLuca Klein
Dean, College of Leadership and Ethics

Phil M. Haun
Dean, Dean of Academics

Michael Stephen White
Dean, College of Maritime Operational Warfare

Thomas E. Mangold, Jr.
Dean, International Programs


Tim Garrold
Deputy Dean, College of Distance Education

John C. Meyer
Deputy Dean, College of Leadership and Ethics

Sean P. Henseler
Deputy Dean, College of Maritime Operational Warfare

Robert S. Winneg
Deputy Dean, International Programs

William Hendrickson
Deputy Dean, Dean of Students

Fred P. Drake, Jr.
Associate Dean, College of Distance Education

Service Advisors

Patrick E. Keyes
Dean & Senior Service Advisor, Dean of Students

Paul R. Murphy
Military Professor & Senior Service Advisor, Strategy and Policy Department

Donald Eric Bader
Military Professor & Senior Service Advisor, Joint Military Operations Department

Todd J. Oneto
Military Professor & Senior Service Advisor, National Security Affairs

Jon J. Chytka
Military Professor & Senior Service Advisor, Strategy and Policy Department

David Brent Hardt
Professor & Senior Service Advisor, National Security Affairs

U.S. Naval War College Board of Advisors

The Board, under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972, as amended, shall provide the Secretary of the Navy, through the Chief of Naval Operations and the Presidents of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and U.S. Naval War College (NWC) independent advice and recommendations on matters pertaining to the educational, doctrinal, and research policies and activities of the NPS and the NWC. The Secretary of the Navy or designated representative, on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, may act upon the Board's advice and recommendations.

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Faculty Directory

Our Faculty includes an array of individuals that are knowledgable in many fields as well as those that have served at the highest levels of military and government.

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Research Centers

The Center for Naval Warfare Studies supports Naval War College’s commitment to fostering critical and innovative thinking on the ever-evolving operational challenges of the Navy.

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Programs Offered

The College employs no "school solutions," but rather emphasizes the logical application of information in support of individual analysis and problem solving.

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News, Media, & Events

VIDEO: 45 Seconds on Doing Something Worthwhile

Jun. 24, 2019
News Publication

Maritime Irregular Warfare Workshop

Jun. 25, 2019
9:00 a.m.
Mahan Reading Room, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Future Warfighting Symposium: August 2019

Aug. 06, 2019
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841