David A. Kelly Jr., J.D.

Associate Professor College of Distance Education
Lt. Cmdr., U.S. Navy, Retired
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Associate professor Kelly is the program manager of NWC's Non-Resident Graduate Degree Program since 2010. He joined the faculty of the College of Distance Education as an associate professor in 2007 working on the Navy’s online professional military education courses. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard USS Barnstable County (LST 1197) where he participated in Non-combatant Evacuation Operations and as a Naval Gunfire Liaison Officer with Third Battalion, Eleventh Marines with whom he took part in Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Civil War
  • International Law
  • Operational Warfare

Professional Highlights


Naval War College

Appointed Program Manager, Non-Resident Graduate Degree Program.

Naval War College

Appointed Associate Professor of Joint Maritime Operations in the College of Distance Education.

United States Navy Reserve

Served as the Assistant Program Manager, Online Professional Military Education Program.

Received J.D. (cum laude) from Texas Tech University School of Law

Passed the Texas Bar Exam and Became Member of the Texas State Bar.

Received M.B.A. (with distinction) from National University


Received B.S.E. from University of Pennsylvania

Commissioned Ensign, United States Navy.


J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law

M.B.A., National University

B.S.E., University of Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Research Contributions and Publications

"Sultana: Victim of Courtenay's Coal Torpedo?"
Civil War Navy - The Magazine, Fall 2018

"Origin of the Word "Deadline""
Military History Quarterly, Autumn 2009

Presentation: "The Trent Affair: Avoiding War with Britain - 1861"
Presented to the Rhode Island Civil War Round Table - June 2018
Presented to the Lincoln Group of Boston - February 2019
Presented to the Central Massachusetts Civil War Round Table - June 2019
Presented to the New Bedford Civil War Round Table - October 2019
Presented to the Greater Boston and Lynn Civil War Round Tables - January 2021

Presentation: "Sultana: Victim of Confederate Sabotage?"
Presented to the Rhode Island Civil War Round Table - October 2020
Presented to the New Bedford Civil War Round Table - October 2020
Presented to the Olde Colony (Massachusetts) Civil War Round Table - April 2021

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