John E. Jackson

Professor College of Distance Education
Capt., U.S. Navy, Retired
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Professor Jackson has served at NWC for more than 20 years, teaching in the areas of national security decision-making, logistics, and unmanned and robotic systems. He holds the E.A. Sperry Chair of Unmanned and Robotic Systems and lectures frequently. His latest book “One Nation, Under Drones" was published by the U.S. Naval Institute in December 2018. He is the program manager for the Chief of Naval Operation's professional reading program. Additionally, he serves on the President's Action Group and as chairman of the 9-11 Memorial Committee. A retired Navy Captain, he served in supply and logistics assignments both afloat and ashore retiring in 1998 after 27 years of active service.

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Areas of Expertise

  • UAVs/Drones

Professional Highlights


Program Manager, CNO Reading Program

Manages the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program (CNO-PRP) providing a comprehensive list of quality books designed to improve the professionalism of the Navy across all ranks and grade levels.

Professor of Unmanned Systems

Teaches the elective course entitled "Unmanned Systems and Conflict in the 21st Century. This course provides students with broad exposure to current and projected unmanned and robotic systems in use with the Department of defense and in the civil sector.


Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, Salve Regina University, 1997

Diploma, Harvard University, 1997, Management Development Program

M.S., Salve Regina University, 1983, Management

Diploma, Naval War College, College of Naval Command and Staff, 1983

M.E., Providence College, 1976, Guidance and Counseling

Bachelor of University Studies, University of New Mexico, 1971

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Research Contributions and Publications

Awards and Decorations

Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award
June 2003

U.S. Navy Legion of Merit

External Memberships and Associations

U.S. Naval War College Foundation

U.S. Naval Institute

Navy League of the United States

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research

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