Justin M. Pritchard

Military Professor National Security Affairs
Col., U.S. Army
Justin Pritchard faculty photo


Col. Justin Pritchard joined the U.S. Naval War College in 2023 as a military instructor in the National Security Affairs Department. He commanded the 6th Brigade Engineer Battalion (Airborne) at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, Alaska and served as a strategic planner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Past operational assignments include the 11th Airborne Division, 82nd Airborne Division, and 20th Engineer Brigade. He received a B.S. from Gonzaga University, an M.S. from the University of Washington, an M.A. from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies, and an M.A. from the U.S. Army War College.

Areas of Expertise

  • Arctic
  • GWOT
  • Homeland Security
  • Joint Operations
  • Military Planning

Professional Highlights


Battalion Commander

Commander of the Army's only Arctic Airborne Engineer Battalion, providing engineering support throughout the U.S. INDOPACOM theater.

Aide de camp/Strategic Planner

ADC and strategic planner to the U.S. Army Chief of Engineers/Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Operations Officer

Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division.

Operational Planner

CJFLCC Engineer, Operational Inherent Resolve, Iraq.


Master of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, 2023

M.M.A.S., U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies, 2015, Theater Operations

M.S., University of Washington, 2012, Civil Engineering

B.S., Gonzaga University, 2004, Civil Engineering

Related Credentials

Professional Engineer (WA)

Project Management Professional

Research Contributions and Publications

Defending a Melting Arctic: Aligning Joint Capabilities to Achieve Strategic Goals
Lindsay, Pritchard, Witt

Awards and Decorations

Commandant's Award for Distinction in Research
U.S. Army War College, 2023

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