Melissa Welch, Select One

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Chair National Security Affairs
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Biography

Melissa Welch serves as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Faculty Representative and George H. W. Bush Chair of National Intelligence at the U.S. Naval War College. She began her assignment in August 2016 and teaches Security Strategies in the National Security Affairs Department. Within CIA she has served mainly in the Directorate of Operations (DO) specializing in intelligence collection and reporting, culminating in a Senior Executive position overseeing all aspects of DO intelligence reporting. Ms. Welch has served overseas in Southeast Asia, Central Eurasia, Western Europe, and the Middle East. Ms. Welch is married and is a native of Middletown, Rhode Island.

Areas of Expertise

  • Intel

Professional Highlights

2016

George H. W. Bush Chair of National Intelligence

Education

M.A., US Naval War College, College of Naval Command and Staff, 2002, With distinction

B.A., Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, 1987

B.A., United World College of the Atlantic, Wales, UK, 1983, International Baccalaureate

Awards and Decorations

Presidential Rank Award
2016

CIA Intelligence Commendation Medal
2012

News, Media, & Events

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U.S. Naval War College Graduation: November 2018

Nov. 14, 2018
12:00 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841
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The Year of the Gray Wolf: The Rise of Turkey’s New Ultranationalism

Jul. 16, 2018
War On The Rocks
Article Publication

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