James E. Hickey, Ph.D.

Professor College of Distance Education
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Jay Hickey is a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds graduate degrees from Troy University and King's College, London and a Ph.D. from Salve Regina University. A career Naval Flight Officer, prior to joining the S&P faculty in 2000, he taught for three years at the U.K.’s Joint Services Command and Staff College. He joined the College of Distance Education in 2005 to help launch the Navy Knowledge Online-based series of PME courses. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the non-resident graduate degree program manager and then as the director of CDE from 2010 to 2015. The associate provost from July 2015, he was the Acting/Interim Provost from July 2020 to August 2022.

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise

  • Ethics
  • JPME
  • Military Technology

Professional Highlights


College of Distance Education


Office of the Provost


Acting/Interim Provost


Associate Provost


Director, College of Distance Education


Graduate Degree Program Manager, College of Distance Education


Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy, College of Distance Education


Military Professor of Strategy and Policy


Military Professor, Joint Services Command and Staff College (UK)


Active Duty, U.S. Naval Officer


Ph.D., Salve Regina University, 2009, Humanities

M.A., King's College, University of London, 1999, Defence Studies

Diploma, U.S. Naval War College, 1992, College of Naval Command and Staff (Non-resident, With Distinction)

M.S., Troy University, 1988, Management

B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, 1980, Mechanical Engineering

Research Contributions and Publications

Precision-Guided Munitions and Human Suffering in War
Farnham, U.K.: Ashgate

Book Review, Sailors to the End: The Deadly Fire on the USS Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought It
Autumn 2002
Naval War College Review LV:4

Book Review, The Crash of Ruin: American Combat Soldiers in Europe during World War II
September 1998
The Journal of Strategic Studies 21:3

External Memberships and Associations

U.S. Naval Institute

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