Cynthia Sexton

Associate Professor College of Distance Education
Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force, Retired
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Professor Sexton began teaching at the U.S. Naval War College in 2001 as a military professor in the National Security Decision Making Department. Upon retiring from the military in 2005, she taught as an adjunct professor for the College of Distance Education (CDE) where she taught over 850 students online before returning to campus as a civilian CDE professor in 2014. In 2018, Professor Sexton was named the program manager for online programs and is responsible for the Naval Command and Staff and electives online programs.

Areas of Expertise

  • International Relations
  • JPME
  • National Security

Professional Highlights


Naval War College

Assigned as the Program Manager, Online Programs.

Naval War College

Hired as an Associate Professor of Theater Security Decision Making in the College of Distance Education.

Naval War College

Hired as an Adjunct Professor of Theater Security Decision Making for the College of Distance Education.

Naval War College

Assigned as a Military Professor in the National Security Decision Making Department.

Experimentation Liaison, Air Force Experimentation Office Detachment, Newport, Rhode Island

Planned coordinated, integrated, and leveraged joint experiments. Participated in Fleet Battle Experiments aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, USS MOUNT WHITNEY, and USS CORONADO. Forged cooperation between Air Force and Navy on time critical targeting concepts.

Acquisition Officer, U.S. Air Force

From 1984-1998, analyzed cost, schedule, and performance issues of large weapons systems, like the B-1B Bomber, the Maverick Air-to-Ground Missile, the Military Satellite Communications payload and terminals, and Special Programs. Managed and coordinated administrative workload for a major general (O-8) at the Pentagon and a lieutenant general (O-9) at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.


M.A., Naval War College, 1997, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.S., Wright State University, 1988, Logistics Management

B.S., Purdue University, 1984, Chemical Engineering

A.A., Community College of Rhode Island, 2014, Liberal Arts

By correspondence, Air War College, 2001

By correspondence, Air Command & Staff College, 1996

20 weeks, Program Management Course, 1995

External Memberships and Associations

Naval War College Foundation
Life Member

News, Media, & Events

The Newport Arctic Scholars Initiative 2020: Newport Arctic Seminar

Jan. 22, 2020
8:00 a.m.
Mahan Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Has Donald Trump Learned on the Job as Commander in Chief?

Jan. 05, 2020
Article Publication

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