Daniel J. Leonard, Select One

Cmdr., U.S. Navy

Deputy Chair Strategic and Operational Research Department
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Biography

CDR Leonard grew up in Holliston, MA, and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1995. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1997 and earned his wings in 1998. As a Naval Aviator, he has amassed over 2,200 hours and was designated a SH-60B Weapons and Tactics Instructor. He graduated from the United States Naval War College with a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies (with highest distinction) in 2011, and earned a Master's in Business Administration from Creighton University in 2017. CDR Leonard is married and has two children.

Areas of Expertise

  • Command and Control
  • Nuclear
  • Search and Rescue
  • Submarine Warfare

Professional Highlights

2017

United States Naval War College, Newport, RI

Assigned as Deputy Chair, Strategic and Operational Research Department (SORD)
2015

United States Strategic Command, Omaha, NE

Command Center Operations Chief for Operations Teams ONE and TWO at the National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC).
2014

United States Strategic Command, Omaha, NE

Served as Deputy Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander, United States Strategic Command.
2011

United States Strategic Command, Omaha, NE

Assigned to the Plans and Policy Directorate (J5), focusing on the inaugural USSTRATCOM Campaign Plan.
2011

United States Naval War College, Newport, RI

Earned a Master's Degree in National Security Studies.
2007

Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR SIX (HSL-46), Mayport, FL

Served as Detachment Officer in Charge and Operations Officer.
2005

Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN, Oceana, VA / Mayport, FL

Assigned as HSL community representative on Carrier Air Wing staff.
2002

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1), Patuxent River, MD

Operational Test Director and model manager for SH-60B tactics manual.
1999

Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR TWO (HSL-42), Mayport, FL

Served as Detachment Operations Officer; Deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55).
1998

Pensacola, FL

Earned designation as Naval Aviator.

Education

MBA, Creighton University, 2017

M.S., United States Naval War College, 2011, National Security and Strategic Studies

B.S., University of Tennessee, 1995, Communications

Strategic and Operational Planning Certification, Joint Forces Staff College, 2013

Related Credentials

Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor

Awards and Decorations

USSTRATCOM Plans and Policy Directorate Field Grade Officer of the Year
2011

News, Media, & Events

U.S. Naval War College Graduation: November 2018

Nov. 14, 2018
12:00 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

The Year of the Gray Wolf: The Rise of Turkey’s New Ultranationalism

Jul. 16, 2018
War On The Rocks
Article Publication

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