Erich J. Kessler

Military Professor College of Leadership and Ethics
Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force
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Lt Col Kessler joined the National Security Affairs Dept teaching the Policy sub-course in April 2016. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus in 1997, an M.B.A in Military Management from Touro University in 2008. Lt Col Kessler is a master navigator/electronic warfare officer with over 2,000 hrs flying the T-43A and RC-135 S/U/V/W Reconnaissance aircraft. Prior to his arrival at the Naval War College, Lt Col Kessler was the Deputy Maintenance Group Commander for the 55th Maintenance Group at Offutt AFB, NE where he was responsible for maintenance actions on the OC/RC/TC/WC-135 and E-4B aircraft.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aerospace
  • Air Defense
  • Air Warfare
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Foreign Policy
  • Information Operations
  • JPME
  • Weapon Systems

Professional Highlights


President's Action Group

Aided in creation of first NWC Annual Review since 2010.


M.B.A., Trident University, Military Management

B.S., Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus, Electrical Engineering

Awards and Decorations

Meritorious Service Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

External Memberships and Associations

Association of Old Crows

News, Media, & Events

VIDEO: 45 Seconds on How Maps Inspire us to Learn

Jan. 13, 2020
News Publication

War Gaming Introductory Course

Jan. 13, 2020
1:00 p.m.
McCarty Little Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Has Donald Trump Learned on the Job as Commander in Chief?

Jan. 05, 2020
Article Publication

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