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Douglas  V. Smith, CDR, USN (Ret.)/Ph.D.

Douglas V. Smith, CDR, USN (Ret.)/Ph.D.

Strategy and Policy Professor
College of Distance Education | S&P
(401) 841-6521
(401) 841-2457


         Professor Douglas V. Smith is a Professor of Strategy and Policy and Head of the Strategy and Policy Division of the College of Distance Education, United States Naval War College. In that position he supervises seven Historians who offer courses on Strategy and Policy to approximately 1,250 students each year. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1970, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Engineering. After completing Naval Flight Officer training in Pensacola, Florida, in 1971, he served as a Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander in P-3 Orion anti-submarine aircraft for the rest of his career.  He also graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1981 and a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in 1993, from which institution he is a graduate “With Highest Distinction.” After retirement from the Navy Professor Smith earned his Ph.D. in Military History from The Florida State University.
A career naval officer, Douglas was Head of War Planning and Long-Range Planning for Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and United States Commander, Eastern Atlantic, as well as Long-Range Planner for both. In that assignment he was responsible for all conventional force war plans for the Navy and Marine Corps in Europe including naval component planning for Operation ELDORADO CANYON, the Egypt Air interception, and the Achille Largo hijacking recovery. Following that assignment, he served as a Military Professor on the Strategy and Policy Faculty of the United States Naval War College. In both these assignments he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
Douglas is the author of Carrier Battles: Command Decision in Harm’s Way, which is now used by the Stockdale Scholars and in the Distance Education Strategy and Policy course. He has completed a book titled One Hundred Years of U.S. Navy Air Power, which will appear on the shelves in November, 2010, to coincide with the centennial carrier launch and recovery of a Navy aircraft in 2011He has served as both a Military Professor and Civilian Professor with the Strategy and Policy Department.
            Professor Smith is also the Commander of the Newport Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States, the oldest naval society in the country.

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