Paul A. Povlock, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Joint Military Operations Department
Cmdr., U.S. Navy, Retired
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Associate Professor Paul A. Povlock joined the Naval War College faculty in 2004 following command of USS SAN FRANCISCO (SSN-711). He retired from active service in 2009 at which time he joined the faculty as an Associate Professor. His sea tours included duty on USS LAFAYETTE (SSBN-616) (GOLD), USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687), USS ALBUQUERQUE (SSN-706), and USS PHILADELPHIA (SSN-690). Significant shore tours included service on the Joint Staff as the Navy Branch Chief of the Reconnaissance Operations Division (J38), at Central Command Headquarters as the Chief of Effects Synchronization & Plans of the Strategic Effects Division (J5), and as an Instructor at the U. S. Naval Academy

Areas of Expertise

  • Operational Warfare
  • Submarine Warfare

Professional Highlights


Associate Professor, Joint Military Operations Department


Ph.D., Salve Regina University, 2016, Humanities

M.S., University of Maryland, 1985, Mechanical Engineering

US Naval War College, 1997, National Security and Strategic Studies

B.S., US Naval Academy, 1984, Marine Engineering

Related Credentials

“A Guerilla War at Sea: The Sri Lankan Civil War,”
Small Wars Journal, last modified September 9, 2011

“Ostkrieg: Hitler's War of Extermination in the East,”
Global War Studies 11 (3), 81-85

“Terror in the Balkans: German Armies and Partisan Warfare,”
Global War Studies 11 (2), 106-111

“The Coming Maritime Insurgent Century,”
US Naval Institute Proceedings 138 (12), 28-32

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

Let Me Tell You About the Worst Submarine of All Time

May. 18, 2019
The National Interest
Article Publication

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