Robert Wayne Tomlinson, Ph.D.

Associate Dean College of Distance Education
Col., U.S. Air Force, Retired
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Professor Tomlinson, Ph.D., is the associate dean of the U.S. Naval War College at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is also an associate professor in the National Security Affairs Department for the College of Distance Education. He received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross. He holds master’s degrees from Golden Gate University, San Francisco in public administration and California State University, Northridge in modern Middle Eastern history, and a Ph.D. in modern Middle Eastern history and national security policy from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. His area of study is national security affairs and the modern Middle East.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Middle East
  • National Security
  • Special Operations

Professional Highlights


Associate Professor, National Security Affairs

Conducts seminars in Theater Security Decision Making at Naval War College ant Naval Postgraduate School. Ensures student requirement are met for Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) I certification.

Director, Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program (ASLSP) School of Advanced Military Studies

Directed ASLSP, a two year academic program for senior service college selected military officers and inter-agency partners administered by the School of Advanced Military Studies. Led 16 senior service college military officer students and three faculty members in a yearlong academic program.

Assistant Professor, Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program

Conducted seminars for a Master Degree granting program and Senior War College course on national Security Structures, Civil Military Relations, Regional Studies and Strategic Leadership

Adjunct Professor Naval War College, College of Distance Education

Facilitated National Security Decision Making curriculum for Fleet Seminar Program. Conducted program with Joint Active Duty and Reserve Officers and and Inter-agency students in national security decision making, planning and regional studies.

Deputy Commander 611 Air Operations Group

Commanded and directed administration, training and employment of 360-member Operations Group: Coordinated operational analysis, multi-source intelligence inputs, communication architecture and regional air defense under North American Air Defense (NORAD) Alaskan Region.


Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, 2012, History, Middle East

M.A., California State University, 2003, Modern Middle Eastern History

Professional, Air War College, 1994, Military History & Evolution of Strategic Thought; Regional Studies; Defense ResourceManagement; Defense Policy/National & International Security

Professional, Air Command & Staff College, 1989, Military History and Evolution of Strategic Thought; Regional Studies; Defense Resource Management; Defense Policy/National & International Security

M.P.A., Golden Gate University, 1980, Public Administration

B.A., College Of The Holy Cross, 1974, History

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