Nicholas A. Kristof

Military Professor Joint Military Operations Department
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
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Cmdr., U.S. Navy Kristof is a submariner. He reported to the college’s Joint Military Operations Department as a military professor in July 2017, following graduation from the School of Strategic Landpower at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. He has served at three afloat commands and a variety of shore commands in the U.S. and abroad.

Areas of Expertise

  • Koreas
  • Submarine Warfare

Professional Highlights


Graduated, United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, MD

USS Chicago (SSN 721)

Pearl Harbor, HI

17th Company Officer, United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, MD

Navigator/Operations Officer, USS West Virginia (GOLD)(SSBN 736)

Kings Bay, GA

Personnel Exchange Program, Northwood, United Kingdom

Deputy SSN Operations Officer, CTF 311, Royal Navy

Director, Submarine Surveillance Equipment Program

Pearl Harbor, HI

Korea Plans and Exercises Officer, CCSG FIVE (CTF 70)

Yokosuka, Japan

Military Professor, Naval War College

Newport, RI


M.S., Army War College, 2017, Strategic Studies

M.S., Air Command and Staff College, 2011, Military Operational Art and Science

M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2002, Leadership and Human Resources

B.S., United States Naval Academy, 1996, Aerospace Engineering

Awards and Decorations

Meritorious Service Medal

Navy Commendation Medal

Navy Achievement Medal

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