Edward B. Cashman

Dean College of Maritime Operational Warfare
Edward Cashman faculty photo


Ed Cashman is the dean of the College of Maritime Operational Warfare and a retired Surface Warfare Officer. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and received his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1988. He served on the Joint Staff in the J5 and as Director of the Joint Integrated Air and missile Defense Organization. His career includes command assignments of a DDG in the Western Pacific, a Destroyer Squadron in the Arabian Gulf, a Joint Task Force, and Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 operating across the North Atlantic.

Areas of Expertise

  • Command and Control
  • Joint Operations
  • Operational Warfare

Professional Highlights


Commander, Standing NATO Maritime Group 1

Commanded NATO's very high readiness maritime Task Group in operations across the North Atlantic from January to December 2019.

Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo

Commanded the JTF responsible for the safe, humane care and custody of law of armed conflict detainees.

Director, Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization

Responsible for studies, analysis, and coordination of Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense concepts, programs, and policies under the Joint Staff J8.

Chief of Staff and Maritime Operations Center Director, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

As Chief of Staff and later MOC-director, led the maritime HQ staff and the Maritime Operations Center at NAVCENT/Fifth Fleet from 2012 to 2014.


M.S., U.S. Naval War College, 2003, National Security Studies

M.S., University of Maryland, 1995, Nuclear Engineering

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987, Mechanical Engineering

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