Kevin Paul Kelley

Professor Emeritus National Security Affairs
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Professor Emeritus Kevin Kelley has been a National Security Affairs Department faculty member at the U. S. Naval War College for the past 32 years. He teaches Decision Making and Strategic Leadership. His expertise lies in the areas of decision processes and leadership, as well as in the ways national security policy making is influenced. He has developed and executed educational programs on national security for the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and for the U.S. Partnership for Peace, teaching in over 15 countries.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership
  • National Security

Professional Highlights


Professor, National Security Affairs

Develop curriculum and teaches the Leadership Concepts portion of the National Security Affairs course for both the senior and intermediate courses.

Fellow, George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies

Developed curriculum and taught courses in Garmisch, Germany and throughout Europe and Central Asia in support of the Partnership for Peace Program.

Fellow, Senior Executive Leadership Course

Served as a Fellow in a year-long education program intended to prepare participants for Senior Executive Service positions.

Executive Assistant and Professor, National Security Decision Making Department

Served as the deputy chair for the National Security Decision Making Department.

Executive Assistant and Military professor, National Security Decision Making Department

Served as the deputy chair for the National Security Decision Making Department.

Ensign to Commander, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy

Served as a Supply Corps Officer including tours as Supply Officer, Naval Air Station, Brunswick, Officer-in-Charge, Commissary Store Region, United Kingdom, and as Supply Officer, USS Butte (AE-27).


MBA, New Hampshire College, 1982

B.A., Holy Cross College, 1969, Economics

College of Naval Warfare, Naval War College, 1984, Distinguished Graduate

Fellow, Department of Defense 1995, Executive Leadership Development Program

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Research Contributions and Publications

Meaningful Metrics for Professional Military Education 
Co-authored with Joan Johnson-Freese 
Joint Forces Quarterly, Issue 84, 1st Quarter 2017

Getting to the Goal in Professional Military Education 
Co-authored with Joan Johnson-Freese 
Orbis, Winter 2014

Awards and Decorations

Designated as a Professor Emeritus of National Security Affairs

Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Numerous Military Medals and Awards

News, Media, & Events

VIDEO: 45 Seconds on How Maps Inspire us to Learn

Jan. 13, 2020
News Publication

War Gaming Introductory Course

Jan. 13, 2020
1:00 p.m.
McCarty Little Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Has Donald Trump Learned on the Job as Commander in Chief?

Jan. 05, 2020
Article Publication

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