Heath Jordan Brightman, Ed.D.

Professor College of Maritime Operational Warfare
Capt., U.S. Navy Reserve
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Heath “Hank” Brightman is the Director, Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program and a full professor within the College of Maritime Operational Warfare. He is also the EMC Informationist Chair at the U.S. Naval War College. From 2008-2016, he served as an associate professor, professor and director of Applied Research & Analysis in the War Gaming Department. Brightman served as a tenured associate professor and chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Saint Peter’s University from 2000-2008. He maintains a part-time private trauma and wellness practice in Newport, Rhode Island, where he specializes in trauma support and clinical hypnotherapy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cyber Warfare
  • Ethics
  • HA/DR
  • Homeland Security
  • Information Operations
  • Leadership
  • Military Planning
  • Nuclear

Professional Highlights


Director, Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program


EMC Informationist Chair

Areas of emphasis for this endowed chair include mitigating corrupt influences in organizations and governmental systems, altering improper personal behaviors, and preventing corruption of technical data in analysis and visualization.


Professor (Full) of Civilian Military Humanitarian Response Naval War College, College of Maritime Operational Warfare Civ-Mil Humanitarian Response Program


Ed.D., Seton Hall University, Educational Administration & Leadership

M.A., Salve Regina University, Counseling

M.A., Salve Regina University, Holistic Leadership

M.C.J., Boston University, Criminal Justice Administration

JPME Phase II, Joint & Combined Warfare School

JPME Phase I, Air Command & Staff College

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, Salve Regina University, Counseling: Applications in the Expressive & Creative Arts

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, Salve Regina University, Mental Health Counseling

B.S., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Recreation & Resource Management, Concentration in Natural Resource Law Enforcement

Research Contributions and Publications

Other Honors

Navy Reserve, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command Headquarters (NR CNMOC HQ) - Stennis, Mississippi
Commanding Officer

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