Melissa Welch, Select One

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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

Lectures of Opportunity: "Nuclear North Korea, Rising China, and Japan's Response"

Sep. 23, 2019
12:00 p.m.
Conolly Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

The Iraq Survey Group: From Weapons of Mass Destruction to Counterinsurgency

Feb. 20, 2019
Journal of Strategic Studies
Article Publication

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