Michael Petersen, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department
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Michael Petersen is the Director of the Russia Maritime Studies Institute and an Associate Professor at the United States Naval War College. His work focuses on researching high-intensity maritime warfare. Prior to his appointment, he served in a variety of advisory and policy positions in the U.S. Government. He is the author Missiles for the Fatherland: Peenemuende, National Socialism, and the V-2 Missile (Cambridge University Press, 2009, 2011) as well as articles, essays, and book chapters on military intelligence and strategic weapons history. He has also published in outlets such as The National Interest and War on the Rocks.

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Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Cold War
  • Deterrence
  • Europe
  • Intel
  • Operational Warfare
  • Russia
  • WMD

Professional Highlights


Director, Russia Maritime Studies Institute


Associate Professor, Center for Naval Warfare Studies, U.S. Naval War College


Ph.D., University of Maryland, History

News, Media, & Events


Former Naval War College president passes away

Jan. 19, 2018
News Publication

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

Blue Hair in Gray Zone

Jan. 10, 2018
War on the Rocks
Article Publication

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