David DellaVolpe

David DellaVolpe

Center for Naval Warfare Studies
War Gaming
(401) 841-2102
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Professor David DellaVolpe is the Chairman, War Gaming Department, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. He has been on the faculty of the War Gaming Department since February 2005 after retiring as a colonel with over 30 years of active duty in the United States Air Force.
Since his arrival at the Naval War College, he has designed and taught all the practical exercises and case studies for the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander and Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Flag Officer Courses, taught operational planning concepts to naval staffs, and served as one of the initial cadre of the Navy’s Assist and Assess team for the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander certification process. He has also designed and executed war games for the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Fleets and multiple war games for the OPNAV staff and Chief of Naval Operations. He has served as the facilitator for numerous international war games including a bilateral game with senior faculty of the Naval War College and the Russian Kuznetsov Naval Academy, and for several interagency and multinational events on the Proliferation Security Initiative.  As Chairman, he has also overseen the return of the Navy Title 10, Global War Game, the initiation of the annual Naval Services Game between the Navy and Marine Corps, the annual DEGRE War Games on nuclear deterrence for Strategic Command, and the outreach of the War Gaming Department to the international community. 
On active duty, he was an F-15E and F-4 Weapon Systems Officer. Professor DellaVolpe was assigned to eight different operational and training units in the United States, Europe, and Pacific. He has served as the 20th Fighter Squadron Commander, Holloman AFB, New Mexico; the 4th Support Group Commander and 4th Fighter Wing Vice Commander, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, and as Detachment Commander, Air Force ROTC, and Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Studies, Boston University. 
In addition to his operational tours and command tours, Professor DellaVolpe served as a staff officer at the Headquarters, United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany; as a member of the faculty at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama; and as a Professor of Joint Military Operations, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
Professor DellaVolpe graduated from the Air Command and Staff College in 1988 and the Naval War College in 1995. He holds a B.S. in Biology graduating from Fairfield University in 1974, an M.A. in Military History from the University of Alabama, and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. 

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