Rebecca Russo

Military Professor & Senior Service Advisor National Security Affairs
Col., U.S. Air Force
Rebecca Russo faculty photo


Col. Russo is a command pilot with over 3,000 hours in the C-17A and T-1A. She most recently served as a strategist on the Joint Staff J7 and as a liaison to DARPA's Adaptive Capabilities Office. Previous to that position, she commanded the 691st Cyber Operations Squadron and served in staff positions at USTRANSCOM and Air Mobility Command. Col. Russo graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College in June 2021.

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Command and Control
  • Cyber Warfare
  • HA/DR
  • Information Operations
  • Joint Operations
  • Leadership
  • National Security
  • Wargaming

Professional Highlights


Military Professor, NSA

Joined the U.S. Naval War College staff in Newport, RI.

Strategist, Joint Staff Development Team, Joint Staff J7

Developed and analyzed future joint CONOPS/CONEMPs. Developed analytically based alternative concepts/theories of victory driving globally integrated service & OSD investment. J7 lead DARPA liaison integrating $14.1B of Assault Breaker II technologies into the Joint Warfighting Concepts.

Student, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI

Student, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI

Commander, 691st Cyberspace Operations Squadron

Commanded 186 cyber operators to operate/maintain/defend CSCS weapon sys IAW 16 AF/AFCYBER DCO/DoDIN ops. Orchestrated 24/7 NIPR/SIPR legacy enterprise services for 116 GSUs/7 MOBs/1 AOC within USAFE-AFAFRICA.

Executive Officer and Joint Transportation Staff Officer, USTRANSCOM


Student, Air Command and Staff College


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2021, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.A., Air University, 2015, Military Operational Art and Science

M.B.A., Trident University, 2011, Strategic Leadership

B.S., Boston University, 2002, Mechanical Engineering

Research Contributions and Publications

Other Honors

Distinguished Graduate
U.S. Naval War College

Distinguished Graduate
Air Command and Staff College

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