James R. FitzSimonds

Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department
Capt., U.S. Navy, Retired
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Professor FitzSimonds served for 27 years in the U.S. Navy as both a surface line officer and intelligence officer, retiring in 2001 with the rank of captain. His operational assignments included USS Blakely (FF-1072), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and the USS America (CV-66) Battle Group. His ashore assignments included tours with the Chief of Naval Operations Current Intelligence Division, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Naval Warfare Directorate (OP-095), the Navy Operational Intelligence Center Detachment-Newport, the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, and the Net Assessment Directorate of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Intel
  • Joint Operations
  • Military Technology
  • Operational Warfare
  • Taiwan
  • Wargaming
  • Weapon Systems

Professional Highlights


Director, Halsey Alfa Advanced Research Group

Director of the Halsey Alfa Advanced Research Group where his work centers on analysis of military issues in the Asia-Pacific region, including warfighting balances and modernization trends.


M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980

B.S., United States Naval Academy, 1974

Awards and Decorations

Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award

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