CDR Keith “Powder” Patton is deputy chairman of the Strategic and Operational Research (SORD) Department of the U.S. Naval War College. CDR Patton was commissioned in 1995 from Tufts University NROTC, with degrees in history and political science. He served four tours conducting airborne nuclear command and control missions aboard the US Navy E-6B Mercury aircraft, and two tours as Tactical Action Officer (TAO) and Combat Direction Center Officer (CDCO) aboard the carriers USS KITTY HAWK and USS NIMITZ. He received the AFCEA/USNI 2012 Copernicus Award for outstanding contributions to Navy Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence.