Paul B. Sierleja

Military Professor National Security Affairs
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
Paul Sierleja faculty photo


Cmdr. Paul ‘Princess’ Sierleja is a Naval flight officer with 1700 flight hours in the EP-3 sensitive reconnaissance aircraft. He has held positions overseas in Germany, Spain, Japan, Italy, Malaysia and China. Previously, he was an U.S. Army infantryman and served in combat supporting Operations Desert Shield and Storm. His most recent assignment in the Navy was as the Naval Attaché in Hong Kong. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and the Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College. He also holds an M.A. in history from Sam Houston State University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Air Warfare
  • China
  • Desert Storm
  • Deterrence
  • Diplomacy
  • Ethics
  • Geopolitics
  • Intel

Professional Highlights


Graduated from the Naval War College

Graduated from the Naval War College with an additional certificate for completing the Ethics and Emerging Military Technology program. Upon graduation, joined the faculty of the Naval War College.

Naval Attache to Hong Kong, People's Republic of China

Served as the Naval Attache to Hong Kong from 2018-2021. Witnessed a crucial period in that city's history as the sharp protests of 2019 gave way to a crackdown by Mainland China that resulted in the imposition of a National Security Law that had a profoundly negative impact on that wonderful city.

Graduated from the Malaysian Armed Forces Defense College

Successfully completed a year of study in Kuala Lumpur as the first US military officer to attend the Malaysian Armed Forces Defense College.


U.S. Naval War College, 2022, National Security Studies

Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College, 2015, Security and Defense Studies

Sam Houston State University, 2014, History

Awards and Decorations

Air Medal

Combat Infantry Badge

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