Heath Jordan Brightman, Ed.D.

Professor College of Maritime Operational Warfare
Lt. Cmdr., U.S. Navy Reserve
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Dr. Heath “Hank” Brightman is a professor (full) in the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program within the College of Maritime Operational Warfare. From 2008-2016, he served as an associate professor, professor, and director of Applied Research & Analysis in the War Gaming Department of this institution. 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



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

Research Contributions and Publications

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

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

News, Media, & Events

U.S. Naval War College Faculty Convocation: August 2020

Aug. 03, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Spruance Auditorium, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Warmaking by Remote Control Is a False Choice

Nov. 25, 2019
The National Interest
Article Publication

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