Michael P. O'Hara, Ph.D.

Cmdr., U.S. Navy

Military Professor Strategy and Policy Department
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Biography

Commander Michael O’Hara, U.S. Navy is a Permanent Military Professor. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Political Science. In 2015-16, he was an appointed National Security Fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. His operational experience includes carrier-jet aviation (S-3B Viking) and naval intelligence with flying and staff deployments in three aircraft carriers and in Kabul, Afghanistan. His research interests include coercion, diplomatic signaling, and decisionmaking.

Areas of Expertise

  • Deterrence
  • International Relations
  • Maritime Strategy

Professional Highlights

2017

Director, Future Warfighting Symposium

2015

Military Fellow, Watson Institute of International & Public Affairs, Brown University

2014

Permanent Military Professor, Strategy & Policy Department

2011

Ph.D. Columbia University (Political Science)

Education

Ph.D., Columbia University, Political Science

M.A., U.S. Naval War College, National Security and Strategic Studies, Highest Distinction

M.A., University of Rhode Island, English

B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, English

News, Media, & Events

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Former Naval War College president passes away

Jan. 19, 2018
News Publication
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Current Strategy Forum: Technology, Innovation and Strategy

Jun. 12, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841
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Blue Hair in Gray Zone

Jan. 10, 2018
War on the Rocks
Article Publication

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