Craig M. Koerner, Ph.D.

Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department
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Dr. Koerner is a research professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department within CNWS, where he is technical director of Halsey Alfa. He specializes in the study of conventional warfare between high technology powers from World War One onwards; his current research centers on the character of warfighting in the near future to 2030. He has contributed to numerous classified studies on military operations and technology. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, and was a senior economist at RCF Inc. before coming to the war college.

Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Economics
  • Military Technology
  • Operational Warfare
  • Wargaming
  • Weapon Systems
  • WWI
  • WWII

Professional Highlights


Professor, NWC

Co-director of a tactical/operational military operations research and war gaming group specializing in conflict in maritime scenarios between near-peer, technologically co-equal powers.


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2001, Economics

M.A., University of Chicago, 2001, Economics

A.B., UCLA, 1979, Economics

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

The Ultimate Way to Deter China: Why Island-Chain Defense Can Work

Jun. 10, 2019
The National Interest
Article Publication

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