Benjamin Paul Smith, Select One

Military Professor College of Maritime Operational Warfare
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CDR Ben Smith was commission through the NROTC program at the Maine Maritime Academy. Following flight school, he served a variety of tours as a SH-60B Seahawk pilot. He graduated from Naval War College in 2007 and then served at the Inter-American Defense Board and College (IADB/C) in Washington, DC, as Executive Assistant to the Chairman, IADB and Assistant Chief of Staff, IADC. He spent a year with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), as LNO to the Somalia Affairs Unit, before joining NWC and military faculty in spring of 2012.

Areas of Expertise

  • HA/DR
  • Information Operations
  • Joint Operations
  • Military Planning
  • Operational Warfare


M.A., Naval War College, 2007, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.S., Maine Maritime Academy, 1998, Maritime Transportation Management

B.S., Maine Maritime Academy, 1993, Nautical Science

News, Media, & Events

VIDEO: 45 Seconds on Commitment

Jul. 22, 2019
News Publication

Defend Forward: 2019 Critical Infrastructure War Game

Jul. 25, 2019
8:00 a.m.
McCarty Little Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Do Great Nations Fight Endless Wars? Against the Islamic State, They Might

Feb. 25, 2019
War on the Rocks
Article Publication

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