Michael McGauvran, Ed.D.

Col. (ret.), U.S. Air Force

Professor Joint Military Operations Department
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Dr. Michael McGauvran joined the Naval War College as an active duty Air Force Colonel in July 2006, following a tour as the Chief of Plans at U. S. Strategic Command. A command pilot with 4,100 hours in B-1, T-38, and B-52 aircraft, he has
led as an instructor pilot, Operations Officer, Squadron and Deputy Group Commander. Col McGauvran was the B-1 Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron Commander for Operation DESERT FOX and flew combat sorties in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE. Col McGauvran retired from the U. S. Air Force after 27 years of service and joined the NWC faculty as a civilian in 2009.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aerospace
  • Air Defense
  • Air Warfare
  • COIN
  • Command and Control
  • Counterterrorism
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Joint Operations
  • JPME
  • Military Planning
  • Military Theory
  • Mine Warfare
  • Operational Warfare
  • Space


Doctorate, Johnson & Wales University, Educational Leadership

M.S., National Defense University, National Resource Strategy

M.A., Naval Command and Staff College, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.A., Midwestern State University, Public Administration

B.S., Stony Brook University

Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit

Distinguished Flying Cross w/Valor
1 Oak Leaf Cluster

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal
1 Oak Leaf Cluster

Meritorious Service Medal
4 Oak Leaf Cluster

AF Commendation Medal

AF Achievement Medal
2 Oak Leaf Cluster

News, Media, & Events


U.S. Naval War College Graduation: June 2019

Jun. 14, 2019
10:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

The Corridor of Power

Oct. 17, 2018
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