Chris M. Rankin

Associate Professor College of Maritime Operational Warfare
Cmdr., U.S. Navy, Retired
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Professor Rankin joined the staff of the U.S. Naval War College as an Operations Specialist on the Maritime Operational Planners Course development team in June 2012 and became a faculty member in December 2015. He retired from the Navy from the U.S. Naval War College as the Operations Officer in International Programs supporting NCC & NSC. Flying both the A-6E Intruder and the EA-6B Prowler, Rankin made eight deployments and flew over 120 combat missions in Iraq, Serbia, Kosovo and Afghanistan during his military career. He served on the OPNAV Staff as the Aviation Officer Community Manager, in multiple Combined Air Operations Centers as a Liaison Officer and on the EA-6B Wing Staff.

Areas of Expertise

  • Air Warfare
  • Desert Storm
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Information Operations
  • Joint Operations
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Planning
  • National Security
  • Operational Warfare

Professional Highlights


Associate Professor

Member of the Faculty of the Maritime Operational Planner's Course (MOPC), College of Maritime Operational Warfare.

Operation's Specialist, NETSIMCO

Contractor on the Maritime Operational Planner's Course (MOPC) development team. Scenario and curriculum development and education delivery support as Control Cell member during early iterations of the course.

CDR, US Navy, Operations Officer

Assigned to International Programs, Naval War College, Newport, RI.


M.S., National Defense University, National War College, National Security Strategy

B.S., Christopher Newport University, Business Administration, Marketing and Management

Certificate, National Defense University, National War College, Information Strategies

Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, Aviation Safety Officer

Awards and Decorations

Meritorious Service Medal
2004, 2011, 2012

Air Medal Individual Action

Air Medal Strike/Flight
1998, 1998, 1999, 1999, 2000, 2001

Navy Commendation Medal
1991, 2000, 2001

Navy Achievement Medal
1992, 1996, 1998, 1999

Navy Unit Commendation
1991, 1998

Meritorious Unit Commendation
1996, 2001

National Defense Service Medal
1991, 2002

Navy Battle Efficiency Ribbon
1991, 2010, 2011

Southwest Asia Service Medal

Kuwait Liberation Medal
Kuwait: 1991

Kuwait Liberation Medal
Saudi Arabia: 1992

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

NATO Medal for Kosovo

Kosovo Campaign Medal

Sea Service Ribbon
1991, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2007, 2010

Expert Pistol Ribbon

Kuwait Liberation Medal
Kuwait: 1991

External Memberships and Associations

Association of Old Crows

Tail Hook Association

Association of Naval Aviation

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