Chad E. Piacenti

Associate Professor College of Maritime Operational Warfare
Cmdr., U.S. Navy, Retired
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Associate professor Chad Piacenti teaches naval theory and planning for the College of Maritime Operational Warfare. He joined the Naval War College faculty as a military professor in 2010 teaching Joint Military Operations after retiring as a commander in the U.S. Navy. As an active duty naval officer, he held the occupational specialties of intelligence officer and joint operational planner. Over his 21-year naval career, he served as both Joint Task Force (JTF) J2 and Expeditionary Strike Group N2 and deployed to JTF Ramadi, Iraq; JTF-435 Kabul, Afghanistan; U.S. National Intelligence Cell, Pristina, Kosovo; as well as the Persian Gulf and Horn of Africa.

Areas of Expertise

  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Command and Control
  • Information Operations
  • Intel
  • Operational Warfare

Professional Highlights


Associate Professor

Associate Professor in the College of Maritime Operational Warfare (CMOW). Teaches the Maritime Staff Operators Course (MSOC) and develops Intelligence-related curriculum.

Military Professor

Military professor in Joint Military Operations and Senior Intelligence Officer for the Naval War College from 2011 to 2015. Taught operational art and military planning. Developed and managed intelligence-related curriculum for the in residence courses of the Naval War College.

J2, Joint Task Force 435, Kabul Afghanistan

As J2, developed and implemented plans and policy and built an intelligence staff from the ground up to coordinate intelligence operations and support to the JTF. Coordinated oversight of all interrogation and biometric operations for Afghanistan.

Intelligence Plans Officer, JTF Ramadi

Responsible for Intelligence and planning support to the JTF Commander, overseeing the day to day operations of Forward Operating Base Ramadi, including threat analysis and force protection. Provided intelligence support to the embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team (ePRT) Ramadi.


N2, Amphibious Squadron FOUR

As N2 for the WASP Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) and CTF 51 N2, responsible for naval intelligence collection and operations for all U.S. Fifth Fleet waters outside the Strait of Hormuz. Participated in planning for and executing the Operation SEA DRAGON, a CENTCOM-wide naval operation.

Senior Balkans Analyst, US National Intelligence Cell, Pristina, Kosovo

Senior Analyst, U.S. National Intelligence Cell, Pristina, Kosovo (Oct 2002-Mar 2003) . Responsible for daily analysis and reporting of significant events in Kosovo to CDR, USEUCOM and staff.


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

B.S., Duke University, 1994, Psychology

Related Credentials

Joint Operational Planner, 2010

Joint Qualified Officer, 2010

Naval Operational Planner, 2007

JPME Phase I, 2007

JPME Phase II, 2007

Awards and Decorations

Meritorious Service Medal

Joint Commendation Medal

Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Other Honors

Graduated with distinction, US Naval War College

Honor Graduate, Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course

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