Jon Scott Logel, Ph.D.

Professor Wargaming Department
Lt. Col., U.S. Army, Retired
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Dr. Logel is a professor in War Gaming Department of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the United States Naval War College. He specializes in American history and the influence of military education and professionalization in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Since joining the War Gaming faculty in 2011, he has focused his research on the use of historical methods in game analysis for gaining insights into maritime operational issues. Specifically, he has collaborated in qualitative research and analytical projects that have informed the Navy’s development of future naval warfighting concepts, and the drafting of operational plans for emerging threats.

Areas of Expertise

  • GWOT
  • Korean War
  • Maritime History
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Planning
  • National Security
  • Wargaming
  • WWI
  • WWII

Professional Highlights


Associate Professor, War Gaming Department, U.S. Naval War College

Faculty member of the War Gaming Department in the War Gaming Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies of the Naval War College, responsible for conducting applied research to examine strategic and operational problems. Game Director, JMO-ILC Game, May-June 2016, May-June 2017.

Assistant Professor, War Gaming Department, U.S. Naval War College

Faculty member of the War Gaming Department in the War Gaming Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies of the Naval War College, responsible for conducting applied research to examine strategic and operational problems. Lead Game Analyst, Indo-Pacific War Game, March 2012.

Military Professor of Strategy and Policy, Strategy and Policy Department, U.S. Naval War College

Faculty member in the Strategy and Policy Department responsible for providing graduate-level education to approximately 40 joint military officers and civilians students each year. Educated students to think strategically with a focus on the relationship between war’s purpose, ways, and means.

Deputy Plans and Operations Officer, Multi National Division- North, Tikrit, Iraq

Integrated an additional 10,000 coalition security forces during the “surge” in Iraq of 2007 by coordinating requirements and estimates with Corps and Force planners.

Chief, Future Operations, Multi National Division-North, Tikrit, Iraq

Responsible for planning, synchronizing and resourcing select near term operations and special projects for a task force of 25,000 coalition forces and 32,000 Iraqi Security Forces in Multi National Division North.

Executive Officer, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Directed the manning, equipping and training of the new battalion to make it combat ready in seven months. Supervised the establishment of the unit supply warehouse, which was recognized as the second best in all of the Department of the Army.

Brigade Logistics Officer, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, Bagram, Afghanistan

Planned and coordinated the weekly delivery of over 100,000 gallons of aviation fuel to 11 remote bases across Afghanistan to support helicopter operations.

Deputy Commander, 164th Air Traffic Services Group, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Served as second in command of a U.S Army air traffic service battalion in the Republic of Korea. Responsible for all airspace coordination for all military aircraft operating below 2000 feet AGL in Korea.

Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York

Course Director for Senior Colloquium on Franklin D. Roosevelt. Served as Academic counselor for 33 cadets majoring in American History.

Instructor, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York

Served as course director and instructor in a modern American history survey course for 60 cadets. Served as course director and instructor for an elective on American history from 1877-1945 for 27 cadets.


Ph. D., Syracuse University, 2011, History

M. Phil., Syracuse University, 2003, History

U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2003, Joint Professional Military Education, MEL Level 1 certified

M.A., Syracuse University, 2000, History

B.A., Wake Forest University, 1990, Political Science, Cum Laude

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Research Contributions and Publications

Designing Gotham: West Point Engineers and the Rise of Modern New York, 1817-1898
Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press

Biographies of Ambrose Burnside, George Goethals, Ulysses S. Grant, George McClellan and Alden Partridge in West Point Leadership: Profiles of Courage
Dan E. Rice and John A. Vigna
Portsmouth, N.H.: Hawthorn Publications

“Wargaming C2 at Sea,” Professional Note, pp. 82-83
Proceedings Magazine, 140:10, (October, 2014)

“Egbert L. Viele and the Creation of Central Park,” de Halve Maen, pp. 63-68 
The Journal of the Holland Society of New York, 75:4, (Winter, 2002)

Book review of Heir to the Empire City: New York and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt 
Edward P. Kohn
Presidential Studies Quarterly (Winter, 2016)

Book review of A History of the Royal Navy: Empire and Imperialism 
Daniel Owen Spence
The Northern Mariner/le marin du nord No. 4, 480 (October, 2016)

Book review of Playing War: Wargaming and U.S. Navy Preparations for World War II 
John M. Lillard
Naval War College Review 69:3 (Summer, 2016)

Book review of Information at Sea: Shipboard Command and Control in the Navy from Mobile Bay to Okinawa 
Timothy S. Wolters
The Northern Mariner/le marin du nord No. 4 (October, 2015), 462-64

Book review of The Business of the Transatlantic Migration between Europe and the United States, 1900-1914 
Drew Keeling
The Northern Mariner/le marin du nord No. 1 (January, 2015), 90-91

Book review of Anti-Access Warfare: Countering A2/AD Strategies 
Sam J. Tangredi
The Northern Mariner/ le marin du nord No. 1 (January, 2014), 99-100

Book review of Turning the Tide: The Battles of Coral Sea and Midway 
G.H. Bennett, J.E. Harrold, R. Porter, and M.J. Pearce series editors
Naval War College Review 66:4, (Winter, 2014), 154-155

Book review of The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama 
Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor
Naval War College Review 66:3, (Autumn, 2013), 140-141

“The Complexities of Ending War,” review of Between War and Peace: How America Ends Its Wars 
Editor: COL Matthew Moten
Army Magazine, pp.78-80, (April, 2012)

Book review of The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army 
David Cloud and Greg Jaffe
Naval War College Review 63:3, (Summer, 2010), 159

“A War Not Yet Finished,” review of The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq 
Thomas E. Ricks
Naval War College Review 62:3, (Summer, 2009), 151

“A Parable with Valuable COIN Lessons,” review of The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa with E.D. Swinton’s The Defence of Duffer’s Drift 
Michael L. Burgoyne and Albert J. Marckwardt
Army Magazine, (July, 2009), 81

Other Honors

Selected to represent the U.S. Naval War College in Leadership Rhode Island for the Kappa II leadership course 

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Prize, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affair at Syracuse University 
May, 2012

External Memberships and Associations

Organization of American Historians

Society for Military History

United States Naval War College Foundation-Life Member

Naval Order of the United States

Association of the United States Army

Army Aviation Association of America

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