Ross M. Coffey

Adjunct Professor College of Distance Education
Lt. Col., U.S. Army, Retired
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Adjunct Professor Ross Coffey starting teaching College of Distance Education coursework in the fall of 2022 following his terminal assignment as USNWC Military Professor. Commissioned in 1994 as an infantry officer, he is the veteran of combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan and operational deployments in Kosovo and Mali. He has commanded multiple infantry formations as a company grade officer and as a lieutenant colonel. Later, he has served as a Joint Operations Planner in the U.S. Africa Command Directorate of Strategy, Engagement and Programs, earning joint qualification. Post-military, Ross contractually supports the State Department in its management of foreign assistance.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
  • COIN
  • Ethics
  • Ground Warfare
  • International Relations
  • Joint Operations
  • JPME
  • Peace Operations
  • Security Cooperation
  • United Nations

Professional Highlights


Military Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College

Taught Theater Security Decision Making/JPME I and National Security Decision Making/JPME II. Served as a plankholding co-chair of the USNWC Women, Peace, and Security General Committee.

Joint Operations Planner, U.S. Africa Command

Orchestrated security cooperation planning in 30+ countries and synchronized 15+ recurring resource allocation processes. While seconded to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Security Mission in Mali as the Deputy Chief U5, oversaw the military component's coordination with UN Headquarters.

Chief of Military Training, U.S. Military Academy

Coordinated and resourced the summer military training of the U.S. Corps of Cadets. Gained Academic Board approval of the academy's Military Program. Promoted international outreach via the annual Sandhurst Competition.

Centrally-selected Transition Team Commander, 2d Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division

Generated and deployed ten military and police transition teams to Southern Afghanistan. Assisted and advised the Kandahar City Police.

Regimental Executive Officer/Deputy Commander, Third U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard)

Principal assistant to the commander of the U.S. Army’s memorial affairs and ceremonial unit in Washington, D.C. Integrated Army operations with the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard honor guards.


Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Emerging Technology, U.S. Naval War College, 2021, AI-enabled Autonomous Weapons

M.M.A.S., U.S. Command and General Staff College, 2006, Military Arts and Sciences

M.S., Central Michigan University, 2004, Administration and Human Resources

B.S., U.S. Military Academy, 1994, Mathematics & Electrical Engineering

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Research Contributions and Publications

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