Paul Eliot Rasmussen

Associate Professor College of Distance Education
Cmdr., U.S. Navy, Retired
Paul Rasmussen faculty photo


Professor Paul Rasmussen joined the U.S. Naval War College at Monterey faculty in 2022 after a 28-year military career. During his career, he served as a naval aviator flying primarily the F/A-18C Hornet, as well as the Super-Etendard Modernized (SEM) with the French Navy embarked on the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. After receiving a degree in national security and strategic studies in 2012, he served on the faculty in Newport teaching National Security Affairs in both the junior and senior courses. He also has taught an elective in Newport on Southeast Asia security.

Areas of Expertise

  • Air Warfare
  • Asia-Pacific
  • National Security
  • Southeast Asia

Professional Highlights


Dean of Students, Naval Postgraduate School

Commanding Officer, Student Military Element. Responsible for health, welfare, student conduct and student affairs related to discipline, academic standing, accountability, travel, and military administrative matters for over 1500 U.S. and international students.

Military Professor, U.S. Naval War College

Taught graduate level accredited curriculum to US and international officers in National Security Affairs to include topics of Strategy, Policy Analysis, Leadership, and Southeast Asia Regional Studies.

Assistant Air Officer, USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)

Led a department of five divisions and 620 sailors responsible for all aspects of flight operations to include fueling, aircraft movement, catapulting/takeoffs, recovery/landings, air traffic control, and airspace management.


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2012, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.B.A, University of Nebraska, 2009, Business Administration

B.S., University of California at San Diego, 1993, Mechanical Engineering

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