Donald Marrin

Donald Marrin

Associate Research Professor
War Gaming
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Don Marrin is an Associate Research Professor in the War Gaming Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies. Professor Marrin served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy until his retirement in 2003 after 22 years of service. Prior to becoming a member of the War Gaming Department civilian faculty in 2005, he served as a military faculty member from 2000 - 2003, a war gaming support contractor from 2003 - 2004, and as a Joint Warfare System (JWARS) analyst for Northrop-Grumman Corporation, in support of Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC), from 2004 – 2005.
An expert in war game design, execution and assessment, Professor Marrin’s primary research area is Navy Title 10 War Gaming, which directly supports the Chief of Naval Operations in the execution of his operate, train and equip (OT&E) responsibilities. In that regard, he has served as the Game Director for the Navy Global War Game in 2008, 2009, and 2011-2013. He has also led war gaming efforts associated with cyber warfare and Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR). Recently his Global Project Team has focused on supporting the Air-Sea Battle (ASB) Office, initially examining the operationalization of the concept (Global’12), with current efforts (Global’13 and Global’14) focused on improving the command and control (C2) of Cross-Domain Operations (XDO). Prior to the reinitiation of the Global War Game series in 2008, he played a key role in the planning and execution of the Maritime Strategy project that directly contributed to the development of the U.S. Navy’s current strategy, A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower (CS21).

Professor Marrin received his Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1981). He has also completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phases 1 and 2.

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