Thomas Bayley, Captain(RET)

Thomas Bayley, Captain(RET)

Deputy Dean
College of Operational and Strategic Leadership
(401) 841-2138
(401) 841-7375


Professor Tom Bayley serves as Deputy Dean for the College of Operational & Strategic Leadership (COSL). COSL’s primary mission is supporting combat readiness of the fleet with leader development and support to maritime headquarters. He joined the Naval War College in 2005 as Co-Director of Operational Level Programs which started up the Joint/Combined Maritime Component Commander Flag Officer Course, the Maritime Staff Operators Course, the Assist and Assess Team, and the Executive Level Operational Level of War Course.

Professor Bayley is a retired nuclear submariner who served on fast attack and strategic ballistic missile submarines, including command of a fast attack submarine out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He was commissioned from NROTC through Texas A&M University in 1980 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiation Protection Engineering. He received a M.A. in National Security Studies from the Naval War College in 1994. He is also was a Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii.

His shore duty assignments are heavily involved with operations with tours including the Joint Staff in the Operations Directorate (J-3), as Force Operations Officer for the Pacific Submarine Force, and as Deputy for Operations for the Pacific Fleet. He was also the Chief of Operations to stand up the Pacific Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ) and was the Future Operations Chief for Joint Task Force 519 in the Pacific. In these staff tours he’s been heavily involved in crisis responses to include the Pacific Tsunami, sinking of a Japanese fishing vessel off Honolulu by a nuclear submarine, and responding to a fire onboard a diesel submarine that resulted in the crew having to abandon ship in the middle of the night.

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