Melissa Welch, Select One

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Chair National Security Affairs
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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


George H. W. Bush Chair of National Intelligence


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

CIA Intelligence Commendation Medal

News, Media, & Events


23rd International Seapower Symposium

Sep. 18, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

NATO’s Achilles Heel: Russian Political Warfare

Mar. 21, 2018
The National Interest
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