Joan S. Johnson-Freese, Ph.D.

Professor National Security Affairs
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Dr. Johnson-Freese served as Chair of the National Security Affairs Department from 2002-2010. Previously she was on the faculty of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, the Air War College, and the University of Central Florida.

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise

  • National Security
  • Space

Professional Highlights


Professor, National Security Affairs, Naval War College, Newport, RI

Teaching security studies courses to U.S. and international military and security practitioners in a 10 month M.A. course.

Harvard University, Adjunct Professor, Summer School & Extension School Cambridge, MA

Classes: Women, Peace & Security; Space & Security; Grand Strategy & US National Security, Leadership in War & Peace.

Chair, National Security Affairs Department, Naval War College, Newport, RI

Responsible for a faculty of 50+ multidisciplinary, multicultural faculty of active duty military, retired military and academic faculty, curriculum development and execution to approximately 500 MA students annually.

Professor & Chair, Department of Transnational Studies, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, HI

Multidisciplinary classes taught at the APCSS to military officers and security practitioners from the Asia-Pacific region.

Professor, National Security Studies, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL


Faculty, International Space University, Strasbourg, France


Visiting Research Institute for Space & Astronautical Science (ISAS), Sagamihara, Japan


Associate Professor, Political Science, Director Center for Space Policy & Law, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL


Ph.D., Kent State University, 1981, Political Science/International Relations

M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1977, Political Science

B.A., Bowling Green State University, 1974, Political Science

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Research Contributions and Publications

Skype presentation to India's Observer Research Organization on Chinese Space Program, February 16, 2018.

Change of Command keynote speaker on the Future of Profession Military Education at Royal Danish Defense College, April 30, 2018.

Space Warfare & the Weaponization of Space, Hidden Forces podcast, 2017.

CSIS Space Crisis Dynamic & Uncertainty Exercise, Washington DC, Nov 9-10, 2016.

Congressional Testimony/Space topics: 2015, 2013, 2008, 2005,1998

Awards and Decorations

Outstanding Educator Award, Women in Aerospace

External Memberships and Associations

International Institute for Strategic Studies

International Academy of Astronautics

International Space University

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