Matthew Alan Tattar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Wargaming Department
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Dr. Tattar is a research professor in the War Gaming Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies. His research interests include military innovation, strategic deterrence, national security policy, military history, and bureaucratic politics. He earned a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and received a commission through Navy ROTC in 1996. After active duty, he pursued a career in higher education. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire in 2002, and a Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University in 2011. Prior to joining the War College, Dr. Tattar was a research fellow at the Belfer Center.

Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Cold War
  • Deterrence
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • Maritime History
  • Maritime Strategy
  • National Security
  • NATO
  • Nuclear
  • Vietnam War
  • Wargaming
  • WWI
  • WWII

Professional Highlights


Associate Professor, War Gaming Department


Military Professor, War Gaming Department


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs


Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2011, Political Science

M.A., University of New Hampshire, 2002, Political Science

B.A., Boston University, 1996, International Relations

News, Media, & Events

Contemporary Air Wars Workshop

Oct. 17, 2019
8:30 a.m.
Mahan Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

China’s Energy Strategy: The Impact on Beijing’s Maritime Policies

Sep. 13, 2019
Naval Institute Press
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