Matthew J. Acanfora

Military Professor Joint Military Operations Department
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
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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


U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI

Military Professor for Joint Military Operations

U.S. THIRD Fleet, San Diego, CA

Department Head, Intelligence Planner and Senior Watch Officer

U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, HI

Department Head, Intelligence Watch Captain, Intelligence Planner

U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI

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

Combined-Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, Djibouti

Senior Analyst for East Asia

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


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

Research Contributions and Publications

Awards and Decorations

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

Instructor of the Year
2006 Center for Naval Intelligence

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