Keith E. Patton

Deputy Chair Strategic and Operational Research Department
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
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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.

Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Air Defense
  • Air Warfare
  • Command and Control
  • Deterrence
  • Military Planning
  • Nuclear
  • Operational Warfare

Professional Highlights


Deputy Chair, Strategic and Operational Research Department

The Strategic and Operational Research Department (SORD) is composed of faculty members who conduct and collaborate on research and analysis projects at the intersection of the strategic and operational levels of strategy and warfare.

Combat Direction Center Officer, USS NIMITZ

Responsible for all aspects of ship defense, including authorization to employ deadly force with ships weapons (Batteries Released authority). Ensured training of all hands for combat operations.

AFCEA/USNI Copernicus Award Winner

For outstanding contributions to Naval C3I

Deputy for Communications, STRATCOMWING ONE / TASK FORCE 124


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2018, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2017, National Security Studies

B.A., Tufts University, 1995, Political Science and History

Certificate in Peace and Justice Studies

Research Contributions and Publications

“A new approach to Electronic Warfare” classified award-winning paper on a topic in PACOM. Written as part of Halsey A Advanced Research Program

Awards and Decorations

Matthew C. Perry Award for International Research

Diane M. Disney Writing Award

J. William Middendorf III Award for Research

AFCEA/USNI Copernicus Award

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