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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Jeffrey A. Harley

Rear Admiral Jeff Harley is the 56th President of the U.S. Naval War College. The College is responsible to educate and develop future leaders through the development of strategic perspective, critical thinking, and enhancing the capability to advise senior leaders and policy-makers.

Vice President/Chief of Staff

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Tamara K. Graham

In 2016, Capt. Graham was assigned as Vice President and Chief of Staff for U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. Capt. Graham has more than 3,000 flight hours in SH-60F/H/S aircraft. Her awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Air Medals (Strike/Flight), 4 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, 2 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various unit and campaign decorations.


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Lewis M. Duncan

Lewis M. Duncan currently serves as Provost 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.

Command Master Chief

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Craig R. Cole

Command Master Chief Cole is a native of Essex, Massachusetts, graduating from North Shore Technical High School in 1995. He enlisted in the United States Navy in December 1996 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes Illinois. He has honorably served on board USS CONSTITUTION, USS HOPPER(DDG70), ATG MIDPAC, USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS(DDG95), LCSRON ONE, IA Tour in support of OIF with 2nd Marine Air Wing/Base Command Group Al Asad Iraq USS FREEDOM(LCS1), USS FORT WORTH(LCS3). In February 2016 he was assigned to the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he is currently serving as Command Master Chief.

Office of Provost

James E. Hickey
Associate 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


Thomas E. Mangold, Jr.
Dean, International Programs

Michael Stephen White
Dean, College of Maritime Operational Warfare

Phil M. Haun
Dean, Dean of Academics

Margaret DeLuca Klein
Dean, Leadership & Ethics

Patrick E. Keyes
Dean, Dean of Students

Thomas J. Culora
Dean, Center for Naval Warfare Studies

Leonard Walter Wildemann
Dean, College of Distance Education

Allen C. Benson
Director, Henry E. Eccles Library


Tim Garrold
Deputy Dean, College of Distance Education

John C. Meyer
Deputy Dean, Leadership & Ethics

Robert S. Winneg
Deputy Dean, International Programs

William Hendrickson
Deputy Dean, Dean of Students

Naval Leadership & Ethics Center

Trenton Schmidt
Command Master Chief, Naval Leadership and Ethics Center

Todd A. Beltz
Executive Officer, Naval Leadership and Ethics Center

Senior Enlisted Academy

Delbert M. Terrell Jr.
Director, Senior Enlisted Academy

Carl J. Gerhard
Course Director, Senior Enlisted Academy

Service Advisors

Paul L. Muller
Military Professor, National Security Affairs

Patrick E. Keyes
Dean, Dean of Students

Paul R. Murphy
Military Professor, Strategy and Policy Department

Donald Eric Bader
Military Professor, Joint Military Operations Department

Dennis S. Sullivan
Military Professor, National Security Affairs

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 the 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


Issues in National Security: A New Nuclear Arms Race?

Feb. 20, 2018
4:30 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

US-led Cutlass Express boosts policing of East Africa’s waters

Feb. 07, 2018
Stars and Stripes
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