R. Hank Donnelly, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Wargaming Department
Hank Donnelly faculty photo


Dr. Donnelly's work focuses on designing, developing, executing, and analyzing wargames to help senior decision makers understand and assess alternative courses of action and innovative solutions. He has developed wargames for OPNAV, INDOPACOM, the Joint Staff, USTRANSCOM, and DLA. Much of his work has centered around operational logistics during both competition and conflict. Prior to joining the U.S. Naval War College, Dr. Donnelly spent nearly twenty years working as a Defense Analyst. Before that, he worked as a Research Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise

  • China
  • Joint Operations
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Planning
  • Wargaming

Professional Highlights


U.S. Naval War College

Associate Professor of Wargaming

OSD-Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation

Embedded Analyst, Naval Forces Division

Institute for Defense Analyses

Research Staff Member, Naval Forces Group

Center for Naval Analyses

Principal Research Scientist

Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL)

Embedded Analyst, Technology Division

Director of Naval Operations- Assessments Division (OPNAV N81)

Embedded Analyst

Center for Naval Analyses

Research Scientist

Launch of CHANDRA X-ray Observatory

On-Orbit Calibration Scientist

CHANDRA High Resolution Camera

Calibration Scientist


Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz, 1994, Astronomy and Astrophysics

M.S. University of California, Santa Cruz, 1989, Astronomy and Astrophysics

B.S. Haverford College, 1986, Physics

B.S. Haverford College, 1986, Astronomy

External Memberships and Associations

American Astronomical Society (AAS)

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