Dave Polatty has served as a civilian professor at NWC since 2008 teaching courses on military strategy and operations, crisis planning and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief. He is founder and director of NWC’s Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program and co-founder, co-director of the NWC-Harvard School of Public Health Joint Civilian-Military Humanitarian Working Group. Dave is a fourth-generation naval officer and Captain in the Navy Reserve. He has commanded five Navy Reserve units and currently serves as the Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for Rhode Island. While on active duty from 1992 to 2003, he served as a Surface Warfare Officer and Naval Flight Officer.