Milan Vego, Ph.D.

University Professor Joint Military Operations Department
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Milan Vego profile


Vego has been a professor of joint military operations at the college since 1991. A native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, he obtained political asylum in the United States in 1976. He served for 12 years as a naval officer and four years as 2nd officer in the merchant marine. Vego holds a Ph.D. in Modern European History from George Washington University and is a licensed master mariner. He is the author of four books — “Soviet Navy Today”; “Soviet Naval Tactics”; “Austro-Hungarian Naval Policy, 1904–1914”; and “Naval Strategy and Operations in Narrow Seas” — and the textbook “Operational Warfare.” He has also published numerous articles and essays in various professional journals.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Cold War
  • Command and Control
  • Europe
  • Geopolitics
  • Joint Operations
  • Leadership
  • Littoral Warfare
  • Maritime History
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Planning
  • Military Theory
  • Operational Warfare
  • Russia
  • Surface Warfare
  • Wargaming
  • WWI
  • WWII

Professional Highlights


ADM R. K. Turner Professor of Operational Art


3rd/2nd Mate of the Deck

Freighters/bulk carriers, West German Merchant Marine (1973-1976)

Line Officer

Former Yugoslav Navy (1961-1973)

Torpedo Specialist

Torpedo-Tactical School, Divulje/Split


Ph.D., George Washington University, 1981, Modern European History

M.A., Philosophic Faculty, Belgrade University, 1973, U.S./Latin American History

B.S., Former Yugoslav Naval Academy, Divulje/Split, 1961, Naval Science

B.A., Philosophic Faculty, Belgrade University, 1970, Modern History

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External Memberships and Associations

Master Mariner’s License
Harbor Office, Split, Croatia (1973); validated in Hamburg, Germany (1973)

News, Media, & Events

VIDEO: 45 Seconds on Honor, Courage and Commitment

Jul. 08, 2019
News Publication

Starship Poseidon Summer STEM Camp

Jul. 14, 2019
3:00 p.m.
Naval Station, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Ukraine Protests as Russia Returns to the Council of Europe

Jun. 26, 2019
The National Interest
Article Publication

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