Dana Struckman

Deputy Chair National Security Affairs
Col., U.S. Air Force, Retired
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Dana Struckman joined the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) faculty upon his NWC graduation in June of 2006 and served as a military professor for four years. In 2010, he joined the faculty as a full-time Professor of Practice and currently serves as the Deputy Chair of the National Security Affairs Department.

Areas of Expertise

  • Deterrence
  • Nuclear

Professional Highlights


Deputy Chair, National Security Affairs Department

Professor of Practice of National Security Affairs. Oversees day-to-day departmental operations including curriculum development,
budget, travel, timekeeping, personnel management, minor inventory, scheduling and tasker assignment and oversight. Develops and teaches curriculum to intermediate and senior-level officers in support of Joint Professional Military Education requirements. Conducts seminars for national security professionals stressing critical analysis of decision making and policy development and its affect on national security.

Military Professor of National Security Affairs

Develops and teaches curriculum to intermediate and senior-level military officers and civilians in support of Joint Professional Military Education requirements. Conducts seminars for officers stressing critical analysis of decision making and policy development and its affect on national security.


Student at the United States Naval War College, Newport, RI, College of Naval Warfare.

Commander, 740th Missile Squadron

Responsible for command and safe operation of 50 remote Minuteman III missiles and associated launch facilities. Maintained alert status of five Missile Alert Facilities with a combined value of $850 million. Responsible for leadership, training, evaluation and professional development of 56 officers and 39 enlisted personnel. Planned, organized and directed all aspects of squadron operations in support of Air Force Space Command force application mission.

Military Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State, INR

Provided the Assistant Secretary of State and Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) with policy advice and military expertise on world-wide missile and space proliferation and technology issues. Department of State’s space representative to the National Intelligence Council’s Weapons and Space Systems Intelligence Subcommittee. Technical expert on ballistic missile and space systems advising numerous interagency officials and groups comprised of CIA, DoD, NSA and NASA personnel. Led interagency team as U.S. Verification Officer for warhead destruction project in Bulgaria for historic NATO invite.

Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Modernization Program Element Monitor, Directorate of Space and Nuclear Deterrence

Led staff to direct programming and budgeting of $3.75 billion ICBM modernization programs. Primary acquisition advisor to the Air Force Chief of
Staff and the Secretary of the Air Force on Reusable Launch Vehicle investment strategies and plans. Prepared and presented resource allocation program packages to all levels of Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Management and Budget and Congress. Prepared the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Mission Area Director for Congressional testimony on ICBM and reusable launch vehicle issues.

Command Lead, Hard and Deeply Buried Target Defeat Capability, Common Aero Vehicle and Reentry Vehicle Application Programs

Led over 120 DoD personnel in $12 million Analysis of Alternatives directed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to determine viable weapons to defeat hard and deeply buried targets. Command Lead for development of the Common Aero Vehicle (CAV), Air Force Space Command’s newest, most robust reentry vehicle. Prepared Mission Need Statements and Operational Requirements Documents, and formulated Program Objective Memorandum initiatives to ensure CAV program execution and systems integration.

Chief, Space and Missile Test Requirements

Led Air Force Space Command’s operational ICBM flight test and evaluation programs which provided ICBM accuracy and reliability data to U.S. Strategic Command. Integrated missile test requirements from the Department of Energy, Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command. Planned and managed Air Force Space Command’s five year test forecast and the $350 million test budget.

ICBM Test Operations Staff Officer

Supervised three-officer section directing the ICBM test and evaluation launches of Peacekeeper and Minuteman III ICBMs to meet Joint Staff and Air Force Space Command test objectives. Instructed complex countdown procedures and advised team members during operational test launches.

Peacekeeper Missile Combat Crew Member, Senior Deputy Evaluator, Instructor Commander

Evaluated and instructed ICBM crews on system operations and launch procedures for the Peacekeeper ICBM. While on alert, directly responsible to the Commander, Strategic Air Command and the National Command Authority for the positive control, re-targeting and execution of 50 ICBMs after the receipt of Emergency War Orders.


M.A., U.S. Naval War College

M.S., Lesley University

B.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Research Contributions and Publications

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