Carol Hottenrott

Associate Professor College of Maritime Operational Warfare
Capt., U.S. Navy, Retired
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A recent military professor in the Strategy and Policy Department, Hottenrot served extensively in the Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility during her 30 years of service, including support to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. She commanded USS Pelican (MHC 53), USS Howard (DDG 83), Destroyer Squadron Nine and briefly, CTG Iraqi Maritime. Her shore tours included the National Military Command Center, congressional liaison for Appropriations Matters, director of Maritime Warfighting at the Surface Warfare Officers School Command and deputy director, Defense Plans Division, U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium.

Areas of Expertise

  • Europe
  • Foreign Policy
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Planning
  • NATO
  • Surface Warfare
  • Women, Peace, and Security

Professional Highlights


Military Professor, Strategy and Policy Department, U.S. Naval War College

Part of a team of instruction supporting the department's Strategy and Policy curriculum. Served as Executive Assistant to the Department Chair for 3 months.

Deputy Director Defense Plans Division, U.S. Mission to NATO

Supported the U.S. Ambassador and the Defense Advisor in formulating U.S. policy to NATO through interagency coordination and committee work and negotiations with Allies. Portfolio centered on defense capability development and force planning.

Commander, Destroyer Squadron Nine

Commander and Immediate Superior in Command for seven ships, five homeported in Everett, WA and two in San Diego, CA. Deployed embarked in USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) supporting ENDURING FREEDOM. Included brief command of CTG Iraqi Maritime (Al Basrah Oil Terminal).

Director, Maritime Warfighting, Surface Warfare Officers School

Responsible for faculty and administration of Surface Warfare Department Head tactical curriculum for a throughput of 300 students a year.

Commanding Officer, USS HOWARD (DDG 83)

Conducted an AEGIS baseline upgrade, Combat System Ship Qualification Trial, and work-ups with the BOXER Expeditionary Strike Group as Air Defense Commander.

Current Operations, Expeditionary Strike Group ONE

Embarked in USS PELELIU. Deployed to CENTCOM in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

Congressional Liaison, Appropriation Matters (FMBE)

Conducted liaison activities for OMN, Medical and Personnel accounts.

Commanding Officer, USS PELICAN (MHC 53)

Conducted the ships first operational deployment.


M.Phil, The George Washington University, 2007

M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1987, Political Science/International Politics

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1987, Political Science/International Politics and Oriental Studies

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