John E. Odegaard, Select One

Director Strategic Communications
Select Any
John E Odegaard Profile Image


The son of a WWII naval officer, he served in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer for 24 years. Following his active duty service, he spent 13 years in the private sector at two high-technology companies. He was executive director of the Naval War College Foundation for six years prior to serving as a political appointee in the Department of Defense.

Areas of Expertise

  • National Security

Professional Highlights


Director Strategic Communications

Directs the design, establishment and implementation of internal and external communications strategies

Chief of Staff & Special Assistant

Office of the Secretary of the Navy

Executive Director

Naval War College Foundation Executive Director from 2011 to 2017

Private Sector

Positions of leadership at The Boeing Company and RadiantBlue Technologies.

U.S. Navy

Career naval officer for 24 years.


Industrial College of the Armed Forces

The George Washington University

University of Southern California

The Hoover Institution, Stanford University

U.S. Naval Academy

External Memberships and Associations

Navy League

New York City Council

News, Media, & Events

VIDEO: 45 Seconds on Honor, Courage and Commitment

Jul. 08, 2019
News Publication

Starship Poseidon Summer STEM Camp

Jul. 14, 2019
3:00 p.m.
Naval Station, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

U.S.-India Ties: Long-Term Courtship, but No Marriage in Sight

Jun. 12, 2019
The National Interest
Article Publication

Material and external links contained herein are made available for the purpose of peer review and discussion and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Naval War College, Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.