Robert C. Ayer, Ph.D.

Capt. (ret.), U.S. Coast Guard

Managing Editor Naval War College Press
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Robert Ayer graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1979. He served as a deck watch officer on Coast Guard Cutter (CGC) Vigilant (WMEC 617) and subsequently as commanding officer on CGC Point Knoll (WPB 82364). He earned a master of arts in law and diplomacy, and a doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. From 1985-2011, he taught at the Coast Guard Academy and subsequently served in a variety of administrative positions there. As a technical writing editor, he worked for the Defense Security Service and the Food and Drug Administration. Since 2015, he has served as the Naval War College Press Managing Editor.

Areas of Expertise

  • None

Professional Highlights


Managing Editor, NWC Press

Publish NWC Review and books in various series.


Ph.D., Fletcher School, Tufts University, 1993

MALD, Fletcher School, Tufts University, 1985

B.S., USCG Academy, 1979

Awards and Decorations

Meritorious Service Medals

Multiple lesser awards

Other Honors

Alumni Assn Distinguished Faculty Award

Professor Emeritus

News, Media, & Events


Annual Naval War College Army-Navy Flag Football Game: 2018

Nov. 30, 2018
3:00 p.m.
Nimitz Football Field, Naval Station Newport, Newport, RI 02841

U.S. Military Strategy Must Return to the Basics

Nov. 16, 2018
The National Interest
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