Leonard Walter Wildemann

Dean College of Distance Education
Wildemann Portrait Photo


Professor Walt Wildemann is a retired Surface Warfare Officer who first served as NWC faculty from January 1997 through September 2000 in the JMO Department where he taught both the Intermediate and Senior level courses. Upon retirement from active duty in September of 2000, he was hired as civilian faculty as a Professor of Strategy and Policy in the College of Distance Education. In 2002 he was named the Deputy Director of CDE, where he was instrumental in the expansion and transition of CDE programs, faculty, staff, and student body to the size and scope that exists today. In 2015 he was named the Director, CDE; and in 2017 appointed Dean of of CDE upon the College's elevation.

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Areas of Expertise

  • JPME
  • Maritime History
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Revolutionary War
  • Surface Warfare
  • Vietnam War
  • WWII

Professional Highlights


Dean, NWC College of Distance Education

July: Named Dean of the College of Distance Education upon elevation of CDE to Deanery

Director, CDE

July: Named Director, CDE

Deputy Director, CDE

May: Named Deputy Director, CDE

Professor Strategy and Policy

September: Retired from active duty on NWC JMO faculty
Named as Professor of Strategy and Policy on CDE civilian faculty

Military Faculty NWC JMO

January: Reported as military faculty in NWC JMO Department

Commanding Officer, USS STUMP (DD-978)


COMUSNAVCENT Staff (N3A), Bahrain


M.A., U.S. Naval War College

JPME I, U.S. Naval War College, College of Distance Education

M.A., (IR) Villanova University, Political Science

B.A., Villanova University, Political Science

Awards and Decorations

Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Superior civilian Service Award

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