J. Scott McPherson, Ph.D.

J. Scott McPherson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
National Security Affairs
(401) 841-6423


J. Scott "McP" McPherson has been teaching at the Naval War College since 2003. He holds a Ph.D. from Salve Regina University with an emphasis in ethics and public policy. He is a former Permanent Military Professor and retired Navy Captain with 31 years of service. He is a recipient of the 2012 Admiral Thomas Weschler Award for Inspirational Teaching and distinguished graduate of the Naval War College class of 2000, where he and his seminar received the James V. Forrestal Award for Force Planning. From 2003-2007 he taught in the Strategy and Policy Department and served as the Executive Assistant to the Chair. While there, he was a key member of the team that redesigned the core curriculum for Joint Professional Military Education Phase I and II certification. Since 2007, he has taught in the Leadership Concepts course of the National Security Affairs Department and has served as the Course Director and ethics curriculum lead. He is also an adjunct at Salve Regina University where he teaches courses on Just War theory for the Masters program in International Relations. He has experience as an Executive Flag Assistant to the Director for Information Operations on the Joint Staff during 9/11 and has acquired over 2800 flight hours and 590 arrested landings as a Naval Flight Officer. His research and interests include ethics, national security, leadership studies, professional military education, and technology.

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