Matthew J. Acanfora, Select One

Cmdr., U.S. Navy

Military Professor Joint Military Operations Department
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Biography

Cmdr. Matt Acanfora is a career Navy intelligence officer. He has spent his career operating in, studying, or supporting operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. His specialties include Chinese strategy and operations, Chinese People’s Liberation Army (Navy) operations, operational intelligence, leadership and education.

Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Geopolitics
  • Information Operations
  • Intel
  • Military Planning
  • National Security
  • Operational Warfare
  • South China Sea
  • Taiwan

Professional Highlights

2018

U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI

Military Professor for Joint Military Operations
2014

U.S. THIRD Fleet, San Diego, CA

Department Head, Intelligence Planner and Senior Watch Officer
2011

U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, HI

Department Head, Intelligence Watch Captain, Intelligence Planner
2010

U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI

Student at College of Naval Command and Staff, and the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS)
2008

Combined-Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, Djibouti

Senior Analyst for East Asia
2005

Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, Virginia Beach, VA

Lead Instructor for Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course and Center for Naval Intelligence Requirements Officer

Education

M.A., College of Naval Command and Staff, 2010, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.S., Old Dominion University, 2008, Education

B.A., Wagner College, 2000, Sociology

Awards and Decorations

Rear Adm. Edwin T. Layton Award for Leadership and Mentorship in the Naval Intelligence Community
2015

Instructor of the Year
2006 Center for Naval Intelligence

News, Media, & Events

Rochefort Group Workshop Series: Workshop One

Mar. 19, 2019
8:00 a.m.
Sims Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

What World War I Tells Us About a China-Japan War Today

Nov. 24, 2018
The National Interest
Article Publication

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