Nicholas Murray, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor Strategy and Policy Department
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Dr. Murray received his doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford. He is the author of "The Rocky Road to the Great War", and is currently working on his second book, "Clausewitz’s Campaign in Italy in 1796" with commentary. He is the author of numerous articles, and has also been working on policy and providing for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (P&R) on professional military education. In addition, he also teaches an elective using wargaming as an aid to understanding strategy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Command and Control
  • Europe
  • Ground Warfare
  • Military Theory
  • Wargaming
  • WWI
  • WWII


Ph.D., University of Oxford, 2007, Modern History (British and European)

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Awards and Decorations

2017, Awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award for my role in shaping defense education policy since 2013. This is the highest award offered by the OSD to non-career civilian employees.

2014, Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award for excellence in teaching, supervising multiple award winning student theses, and for my work reforming Army Professional Military Education to improve the development of strategists.

2013, Educator of the Year for History in 2013, and nominees for educator of the year for US Army CGSC

2013, Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in 2013 for my role in successfully turning around and revising the Master’s Degree Program in History.

External Memberships and Associations

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Royal United Services Institute

Society for Military History

News, Media, & Events

Former Naval War College president passes away

Jan. 19, 2018
News Publication

Humanities Class Visits Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Jan. 16, 2018
News Publication

Issues in National Security: Looking Outward to the Future

Jan. 23, 2018
4:30 p.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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