Joseph E. Santos

Military Professor College of Leadership and Ethics
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
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Santos is a career submariner with at-sea operational submarine assignments aboard USS Tinosa (SSN 606), USS Miami (SSN 755), USS Virginia (SSN 774) and USS Nevada (SSBN 733). During these tours, Santos conducted deployments to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, South America, Pacific and Arabian Gulf, including combat operations in support of operations in Kosovo and Iraq. He has served as a nuclear engineering instructor; a submarine strike officer during the initial stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom; a member of the Joint Staff, J-3, Deputy Directorate for Global Operations; and in the strategy branch of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Naval Warfare Integration Group.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Military Technology
  • National Security
  • Nuclear
  • Submarine Warfare

Professional Highlights


Military Professor, College of Leadership & Ethics, Naval War College


Military Professor, Leadership Concepts, National Security Affairs, Naval War College


Military Professor, Policy Analysis, National Security Affairs, Naval War College


Branch Chief, New Concepts & Innovation, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N00X)


Student/Gravely Research Scholar, U.S. Naval War College


Executive Officer, USS NEVADA (SSBN 733)


Branch Chief, Strategic Operations Division, J3 Directorate, Joint Staff


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, National Security Affairs

Graduate Studies, University of Rhode Island, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mechanical Engineering w/ Interest in Nuclear Engineering

Awards and Decorations

2015 Ichabod Washburn Alumni Award for Professional Achievement
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

External Memberships and Associations

Appalachian Mountain Club

Leadership Rhode Island

Naval War College Foundation

Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society

United States Naval Institute

Segue Institute for Learning
Board of Directors

Starship Poseidon STEM Program

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