Matthew Sweeney

Military Professor Strategy and Policy Department
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
Matthew Sweeney faculty photo


Cmdr. Sweeney is a native of Dayton, Ohio. A career submariner, he served his first 10 years as an enlisted nuclear-trained Machinist Mate. He graduated from Auburn University with a master's degree in mechanical engineering and business administration. As a student at the Naval War College, he was a Mahan Scholar and graduated with an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2017. He has deployed experience on both SSN and SSBN-type submarines, was an action officer on the OPNAV Staff (N97) and most recently served on the staff of Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eleven embarked on USS Nimitz.

Areas of Expertise

  • Deterrence
  • Military Planning
  • Submarine Warfare

Professional Highlights


N35 - Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN

Battle Watch Captain and Future Operations Officer during deployed operations to the FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet AORs aboard USS NIMITZ.

Student US Naval War College

Mahan Scholar


Oversaw daily operations and orders execution during two Strategic Deterrent Patrols.

Action Officer - OPNAV N97

Action Officer for Director Undersea Warfare (OPNAV N97).

Navigator/Operations Officer - USS NORTH CAROLINA (SSN-777)

Navigation Department Head. Responsible for preparation and execution of the submarine's operational schedule. Completed EUCOM Deployment aboard sister submarine while NCA in maintenance period.

Junior Officer - USS JACKSONVILLE (SSN-699)

Reactor Controls Assistant, Damage Control Assistant, Assistant Weapons Officer, Assistant Engineer. Completed Submarine Warfare Qualification.


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, National Security and Strategic Studies

MBA, Auburn University

M.M.E, Auburn University

B.S., Auburn University, Mechanical Engineering

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