John R. Mathis, Ph.D.

Capt. (ret.), U.S. Navy

Associate Professor College of Maritime Operational Warfare
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Dr. John “J. R.” Mathis joined the College of Maritime Operational Warfare in June 2011 after completing a 30 year naval career. Sea Duty: VAQ-136 (XO/CO) (Atsugi, Japan) VAQ-139 VAQ-136 (Atsugi, Japan) Desert Shield Southern Watch Shore Duty: NWC, JMO Faculty NWC, JLASS Program Director NWC, Deputy Strategic Research Department Command Leadership School, Newport, RI National Airborne Operations Center, Offutt AFB, NE VAQ-129, Whidbey Island, WA

Areas of Expertise

  • Joint Operations
  • Military Planning
  • Operational Warfare

Professional Highlights


Director, Maritime Staff Operators Course (MSOC)

Plan, organize and direct the efforts of a top-notch team of faculty, contractors and government civilians in the delivery of the 5-week Maritime Staff Operators Course, convened 16 times per year.

Associate Professor, Maritime Staff Operators Course

Teach the Maritime Staff Operators Course (MSOC). MSOC provides organizational and individual-level education and training in planning, execution, and assessment functions and tasks for Navy leaders assigned to a Maritime Operation Center (MOC) or other operational-level maritime staffs.

Joint Military Operations Professor

Provide joint professional military education to U.S. and international officers on advanced strategic and operational concepts for future employment of Maritime, Joint and Multinational Forces and on the art and science of applying joint military planning concepts to complex problems.

Director of Joint Land, Air and Sea Strategic Exercise (JLASS-EX) Course

Teach a jointly sponsored area of study with a capstone war game for students from all five senior level U.S. Military Colleges. Teach students to translate national security and military strategy/objectives into theater campaign plans that employ all elements of national power.

Deputy Chairman, Strategic Research Department

Planned, organized and directed the efforts of civilian PhD research professors, analysts and contractors providing quality research in the areas of foreign policy, naval strategy, insurgency/ counter insurgency theory and practice relevant to the new maritime strategy.

PCO Leadership Instructor

Facilitated executive seminars to prospective commanding officers (PCOs), and to two foreign navies on topics such as leadership, management, team-building, subordinate development, ethics, and counseling and motivation principles

Commanding Officer, Electronic Attack Squadron 136 (VAQ-136)

Responsible for directing an aircraft carrier deployed electronic attack squadron of over 250 personnel and five tactical jet aircraft preparing and executing combat operations in support of U.S. national security policies and UN Security Council Resolutions in the Middle East.


Ph.D., Salve Regina

M.A., Naval War College

M.A.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

B.S., Marquette University

News, Media, & Events


23rd International Seapower Symposium

Sep. 18, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

NATO’s Achilles Heel: Russian Political Warfare

Mar. 21, 2018
The National Interest
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