From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Sept. 26, 2013

Throughout the year, NWC's faculty give lectures at institutions around the world, write books and journal articles, and receive awards. Here are some of our latest faculty achievements.


Drew Winner, strategic studies professor, succeeded Peter Dombrowski as the chair of the Strategic Research Department on Sept. 9.  

Derek Reveron, national security affairs professor, was appointed Faculty Affiliate of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.  This fall, Reveron will co-teach a national security course, incorporating his scholarship on non-state security challenges and security assistance at Harvard.  

Awards and Honors

Jon Scott Logel, war gaming professor, was selected to participate in 'Leadership Rhode Island.'  Leadership Rhode Island was established in 1981 to increase understanding of the challenges and critical issues facing our state. Participants get an in-depth, behind-the-scenes view of Rhode Island, including opportunities to meet with state, community, and business leaders.

On the Road

Milan Vego, joint military operations professor, visited the German Staff College (Fuehrungsakademie der Bundeswehr-FuAekBw), Hamburg, Germany, Sept. 9-20.  He delivered a series of lectures on military theory and theory and practice of operational warfare at sea for 15 students of the General Staff/Admiral Staff-National (LGAN) Course, class 2012-2014. The lectures are part of the LGAN’s Joint Vision part of the curriculum.

Timothy Hoyt, strategy and policy professor, spoke at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center on the topic  “Attack on Syria? A Conversation About the Strategy and Politics of the Crisis in the Middle East” on Sept. 5.

Hayat Alvi, professor, national security affairs, presented a paper entitled "The Politics of Power & Persuasion in Post-Revolution Tunisia and Egypt" at the American Political Science Association (APSA) conference in Chicago on Aug. 31. She also served as panel chair for the panel "Human Rights & the Politics of Torture" also on Aug. 31 as well as Chair and Discussant for the panel "Intra- and Inter-Terrorist Group Dynamics" on Sept. 1.

Michael N. Schmitt, Stockton Professor and Chair of the International Law Department, visited the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence to work with the Center on legal issues arising from future cyber warfare, Aug. 17-30.  Schmitt specifically worked on issues regarding state responsibility to maintain control over cyber infrastructure located on their territory.  Schmitt is a Senior Fellow at the Center, which supported production of the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare.

Donald Stoker, strategy and policy professor for the Naval War College’s program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., spoke at a Bryant Park Corporation, Oxford University Press and the New-York Historical Society co-hosted event, in New York City, Aug. 21.  Stoker discussed the strategy and tactics of Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. He examined the objectives of Union Gen. George McClellan and Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg and how missed opportunities on both sides affected the outcome of the war.

Eric Shaw, joint military operations professor, delivered an address to 75 members and guests of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) on Sept. 12. His presentation, “U.S. Navy and International Disaster Relief: the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami,” highlighted the Navy’s mission of humanitarian assistance and the success of sea basing. SECWAC is a regional membership organization, which aims to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.

Peter Dombrowski, strategic research professor, spoke on “Cyber War, Cybered conflict and the International System” at University of Southern California’s Center for International Studies on Sept. 25.  He elaborated on the issue of the Internet-based aspects of international conflict.

Dennis Mandsager, international law professor, served as course director for the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) Rules of Engagement (ROE) Workshop in San Remo, Italy, Sept. 9-13.  The workshop faculty consisted of academics, serving officers, and Defense Department officials from Canada, France, Norway, the UK, and the USA.  Participants were from Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Nigeria, Norway, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, and the USA.  The course consisted of lectures, case studies, and exercises.  Participants drafted a wide range of ROE for complex missions, and then briefed the proposed ROE to faculty members who played the role of a multinational force commander and staff.  ILD faculty will continue to serve as class leaders at the workshop.


Martin L. Cook, Admiral James Bond Stockdale Chair of Professional Military Ethics, authored the book, “Issues in Military Ethics: To Support and Defend the Constitution.”  The book presents a collection of written pieces Cook has published over the past decade on various aspects of military ethics. Topics discussed include: the impact of 9/11 on the U.S. military, various aspects of civil-military relations, ethics education in the military, the role of religion and its place in Constitutionally appropriate service, and specific questions of war.

Derek Reveron, national security affairs professor, published a co-edited paperback version of “Inside Defense: Understanding the US Military in the 21st Century.”  The book includes a new introduction and provides a comprehensive collection of views of scholars, policy experts and practitioners on the military’s role in international politics and its relationship with domestic institutions and society.

Nikolas Gvosdev, national security affairs professor, co-authored a book, “Russian Foreign Policy: Interests, Vectors, and Sectors.”  The book provides contemporary analysis of Moscow's relations with its neighbors and other strategic international actors, using a comprehensive vectors approach, dividing the world into eight geographic zones. Each vector chapter looks at the dynamics of key bilateral relationships while highlighting major topical issues, demonstrating that Russia formulates multiple, sometimes contrasting, foreign policies.

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