Craig M. Koerner, Ph.D.

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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


Naval War College Kicks off Lecture Series

Jan. 10, 2018
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Current Strategy Forum: Technology, Innovation and Strategy

Jun. 12, 2018
8:00 a.m.
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Blue Hair in Gray Zone

Jan. 10, 2018
War on the Rocks
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