Cynthia Sexton, Select One

Associate Professor College of Distance Education
Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force, Retired
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Professor Sexton began teaching for the College of Distance Education after her military career and her final military assignment as a military professor. She teaches the Theater Security Decision Making Web-Enabled Course online and develops new Competency-Based Influenced curriculum. She manages the actions of ten web adjunct professors, including the scheduling and execution of their contracts and their professional development through a faculty website. In addition, she teaches Leadership Concepts sub-course to the Fleet Seminar Program students. Professor Sexton also teaches modules in the CDROM-Based Course. Finally, she adapts curriculum for CDE students.

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership
  • National Security

Professional Highlights


National Security Affairs, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

Teaches the Theater Security Decision Making Web-Enabled Course, teaches Leadership Concepts sub-course of the Fleet Seminar Program. and teaches modules in the CDROM-Based Course. Adapts curriculum for distance education students. Former NWC military professor.

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.

Air Force Acquisition Officer, Multiple Locations

Since 1984, acquisition duties for major weapon systems, such as B-1B Bomber, Marverick Air-to-Ground Missile, Military Satellite Communication Terminals and Payload, and Special Programs. Executive Officer to Program Executive Officer for Space (Maj Gen) and Acquisition Executive for Lt Gen.


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

VIDEO: 45 Seconds on Stoicism and Leadership

Aug. 19, 2019
News Publication

Rochefort Group Workshop Series: Workshop Two

Aug. 19, 2019
8:00 a.m.
Sims Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Korean Security in a Changing East Asia

Aug. 21, 2019
Praeger Publishers
Article Publication

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