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William F. Bundy, Ph.D.

William F. Bundy, Ph.D.

GRAVELY Naval Warfare Research Group
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Dr. Bundy teaches graduate warrior-scholars and conducts research on emerging warfare concepts. Dr. Bundy earned his Doctor of Philosophy Degree at Salve Regina University, a Master of Arts Degree with Distinction at the U.S. Naval War College, and undergraduate degrees at the University of Hawaii and Leeward Community College. He is a graduate of the Baltimore City College.

Dr. Bundy served in the Navy as a career submarine officer. He served as the third African-American naval officer to command a submarine with the distinction of being the first to advance from the enlisted ranks to earn a commission and become a submarine skipper. He is one of the Centennial Seven African-American submarine skippers who served during the first 100 years of the Submarine Service. Dr. Bundy served in seven submarines including attack, nuclear attack and nuclear fleet ballistic missile submarines. Dr. Bundy earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Navy Commendation Medal with Silver Star indicating six awards, and 12 other personal awards, campaign medals, unit commendations and service awards. He participated in Submarine Strategic Deterrent Patrols in fleet ballistic missile submarines and participated in Navy Expeditionary service in Atlantic and Pacific Fleet attack submarines during his 30 year career. He also served as the Director of Naval Officer Candidate School, on the staff of Commander Submarine Group FIVE and Squadron THREE, and in the Nuclear Operations Division – CTF 144 Staff of the Commander, U.S. Atlantic Command.

Dr. Bundy has directed over 15 Navy and Joint concept development workshops and war games, was a significant contributor to the Maritime Ballistic Missile Defense Concept of Operations, and has written numerous Compass Check white papers on integrated air and missile defense and undersea warfare. He designed and facilitated the Navy’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense War Game Series and the SSGN Capabilities Study. During his tenure as mentor for the GRAVELY Naval Warfare Research Group, formerly the Halsey CHARLIE Research Group, more than 84 warrior-scholars have completed the program and formed the GRAVELY network.

Dr. Bundy is an adjunct professor in the graduate school at Salve Regina University, and a lecturer on Leadership at Providence College.

Dr. Bundy earned the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award in August 2010 and was recognized as the 1993 Black Engineer of the Year for Achievement in Government.  He also received the 1994 U.S. Navy League Dalton L. Baugh Award for Inspirational Leadership. 

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