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David Polatty

David Polatty

Associate Professor
College of Operational and Strategic Leadership
(401) 841-1784


Professor Dave Polatty has served as a civilian faculty at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) since 2008 and teaches the following courses:

He routinely lectures on military strategy, U.S. military concepts and doctrine,  the Navy planning process, operational art and design, operational command and control, maritime security, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, noncombatant evacuation operations, and operational assessment.

Dave also teaches an elective on corporate/enterprise strategic planning for the NWC in-residence programs.  He is currently developing another case-study focused elective on Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief operations that will be offered in the spring of 2015.

He is co-founder and co-director of the NWC College of Operational & Strategic Leadership - Harvard School of Public Health "Joint Civilian-Military Humanitarian Working Group," which was established in May 2014 to explore academic and research collaboration areas that can improve coordination, synchronization, and integration of humanitarian responses during disaster.  

His research interests include:

  • Command and Control (C2)
  • Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief
  • Leadership
  • Maritime security
  • Cyberspace operations
Dave graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1992, earning a BS in History.  He graduated with highest distinction from the U.S. Naval War College in June 2006, earning a MA in National Security Strategic Studies and receiving the Navy League William S. Sims Award.  He is also a graduate of the U.S. Joint Forces Staff College’s Advanced Joint Professional Military Education program and numerous other interagency and U.S. military education programs.

He is a fourth generation Naval Officer and in addition to his civilian faculty position, serves as a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. While on active duty from 1992 to 2003, he served as both a Surface Warfare Officer on board USS TARAWA (LHA-1) and Naval Flight Officer in the P-3 Orion community. 
Since 2003, Dave has served in a number of operational and strategic level staff assignments during his reserve career, including:
In December 2014, he assumed command of NR U.S. European Command J3, supporting the EUCOM Plans and Operations Center (EPOC). The EPOC directs the development and execution of operations that support U.S. interests and regional alliances in EUCOM’s area of responsibility. It ensures joint and combined war fighting capability through operational directives, plans, orders, joint training and exercises and is the principle conduit of operations information and requirements between national command authorities, the Joint Staff, NATO, EUCOM and subordinate commands.

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