Derek S. Reveron, Ph.D.

Chair National Security Affairs
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Derek S. Reveron is chair of the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval War College and is a faculty affiliate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. He specializes in strategy development, non-state security challenges and U.S. defense policy. He served as a governor-appointed commissioner on the Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission and as a member of the Board of Thinkers for the Boston Global Forum.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cyber Warfare
  • Foreign Policy
  • Maritime Strategy
  • National Security
  • Security Cooperation

Professional Highlights


Chair, National Security Affairs

Lead one of three core academic departments composed of 42 faculty. Oversee all aspects of developing common core curricula for distinctive war and staff college courses of study in contemporary national security affairs encompassing international security, regional studies foreign policy analysis, U.S. foreign policy, and decision making.

Board of Thinkers, Boston Global Forum

Professional Appointment

Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission

Professional Appointment

Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Course: Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy, and the Press (co-teach with Graham Allison and David Sanger)

EMC Informationist Chair, U.S. Naval War College

Promoted research and teaching of technology and national security and convened conferences to further thinking on maritime security, technology, and information sharing.

Received a Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Chicago

Ph.D.—Public Policy Analysis
Areas of Specialization: Public Policy, Democratization, U.S. Foreign Policy
Dissertation: Democracy for Export: Formulation, Implementation, and Evaluation of Democracy

Graduated from Naval War College, Fleet Seminar Program

During graduate school, he formulated, implemented and evaluated democracy promotion programs for the NGO Heartland International. He graduated from the College of Naval Command Staff through the College of Distance Education Fleet Seminar Program and completed the Maritime Staff Operators Course at the Naval War College.

Visiting Assistant Professor, U.S. Naval Academy

Taught political science, where he managed the departmental internship program and course scheduling, Assistant Director of the honors program overseeing senior research projects, and received honorable mention for top military instructor (2 of 100)

Received a M.A. from University of Illinois at Chicago

Master of Arts—Political Science
Areas of Specialization: Eastern Europe, Political Culture, American Politics


Ph.D., University of Illinois, Public policy analysis

M.A., University of Illinois, Political science

Diploma, U.S. Naval War College

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Research Contributions and Publications

Human and National Security: Transnational Challenges
with Kathleen Mahoney-Norris

The Oxford Handbook of U.S. National Security
with Nikolas K. Gvosdev and John Cloud (eds.)
Oxford Handbooks

Foreign Policy Research Institute Contributor
Philadelphia: Foreign Policy Research Institute

News, Media, & Events

EMC Chair Symposium: Sea Control and Foreign Policy

Apr. 04, 2017
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

John Bolton's exit isn't a victory for our adversaries

Sep. 10, 2019
The Hill
Article Publication

Special Operations: Out of the Shadows

Oct. 01, 2019
Lynne Rienner Publishers
Article Publication

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