Jeffrey Scott McPherson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor College of Distance Education
Capt., U.S. Navy, Retired
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Dr. McPherson joined the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) at Monterey faculty in 2017 following 13 years as a permanent military professor at Newport. He earned his Ph.D. from Salve Regina University and retired from the U.S. Navy in 2016 at the rank of captain. He is a recipient of the 2012 Adm. Thomas Weschler Award for Inspirational Teaching and a distinguished graduate of the NWC class of 2000. From 2000-2003, he served in the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s J-3 shop as executive assistant to the J-39 director and as branch chief of the Special Activities Division. His operational experience includes duty as a naval flight officer in the A-6E Intruder, E-2C Hawkeye, and the EA-6B Prowler.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Air Warfare
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Ethics
  • Joint Operations
  • JPME
  • Leadership
  • Military Planning

Professional Highlights


Associate Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval War College at Monterey


Associate Professor of Joint Military Operations, Naval War College at Monterey


Permanent Military Professor, National Security Affairs Department, Naval War College Newport, RI

Military Professor of Leadership Studies 2007-2017, Director of Leadership Concepts Course 2012-2017

Permanent Military Professor, Strategy and Policy Department, Naval War College Newport, RI

Military Professor of Strategy 2003-2007, Executive Assistant, Strategy and Policy Department 2004-2007

Action Officer, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, DC

Executive Assistant to Deputy Director Information Operations (J-39) and Branch Chief, Special Activities Division

Naval Flight Officer, EA-6B Prowler


Naval Flight Officer, A-6 Intruder


Naval Flight Officer, E-2 Hawkeye


Ph.D., Salve Regina University, 2009

M.A., Naval War College, 2000

B.A, University of Arkansas Little Rock, 1985

Awards and Decorations

Vice Admiral Thomas R. Weschler Award for Inspirational Teaching

Legion of Merit

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Strike/Flight Air Medals
Two Medals

Navy Commendation Medals
Three Medals, One with Combat V

Navy Achievement Medal

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