Michael J. Riordan, Select One

Military Professor Strategy and Policy Department
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
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Commander Michael J. Riordan is a Miliary Professor of strategy, policy, and ethics. A Surface Warfare, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), and Joint Officer, he has served tours in USS DETROIT (AOE 4), multiple EOD units, the Pentagon, Intelligence Community, IED Defeat Task Force, and CNO Strategic Studies Group. He previously served as senior Congressional advisor to Admiral James G. Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, following a Defense Legislative Fellowship in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate's Sea Power Subcommittee. He is a recipient of the VADM Thomas R. Weschler Award for Inspirational Teaching at the Naval War College.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asymmetrical Warfare
  • Counterterrorism
  • Ethics
  • International Relations
  • Joint Operations
  • Leadership
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Planning
  • Military Theory
  • National Security
  • NATO
  • Policy
  • Special Operations
  • Surface Warfare
  • WMD


Master's, International Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Master's, National Security & Strategic Studies (with Distinction), U.S. Naval War College

Master's, Business Administration, Salve Regina University

Bachelor of Science (with Honors), U.S. Naval Academy

Certificate, Legislative Studies, Georgetown University

Related Credentials

Naval Strategist (2300Q)

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Jun. 12, 2019
The National Interest
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