Melissa A. Harvison, LL.M.

Military Professor Joint Military Operations Department
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
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Cmdr. Melissa Harvison is an assistant professor for the Joint Military Operations department. She most recently received a master’s degree from the U.S. Naval War College. During her career, she has served as the legal advisor at various levels of command both at sea and shore, joint and multinational commands. Serving more than 10 years overseas and at sea, including a deployment to Iraq and an assignment to NATO, Harvison gained significant expertise in operational, international and administrative law.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ethics
  • International Law
  • Joint Operations
  • Military Planning
  • National Security
  • NATO
  • Operational Warfare
  • Piracy
  • Policy
  • Rules of Engagement
  • South China Sea

Professional Highlights


Military Professor, U.S. Naval War College, Joint Military Operations Department


Student, U.S. Naval War College, College of Naval Warfare


Legal Advisor, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, Portugal


Legal Counsel, Naval Personnel Command


Staff Judge Advocate, Carrier Strike Group TWELVE/USS ENTERPRISE Strike Group


Student, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School


Chief Detention Operations, Multinational Corps Iraq


Department Head, Administrative Law Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General


Trial Counsel, Trial Service Office Europe and Southeast Asia, Italy


Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas Support Activity, Guam


LL.M., The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School, Law (focus International/Operational Law)

J.D., Mercer University, Law

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

B.A., Kennesaw State College, Business Administration

Related Credentials

Georgia Bar, Member

Awards and Decorations

Bronze Star

Various military awards and decorations

External Memberships and Associations

Georgia Bar Association

News, Media, & Events

NBNE Marching Band at Newport Columbus Day Parade

Oct. 14, 2019
12:00 p.m.
120 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

A confused US plan in Syria hurts our friends — again

Oct. 09, 2019
The Hill
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