Sam J. Tangredi, Ph.D.

Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department
CAPT, U.S. Navy, Retired
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Dr. Tangredi accepted the position of Professor of National, Naval and Maritime Strategy in the Strategic and Operational Research Department of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies in October 2016. In May 2017, he took on additional responsibilities as head of the Institute for Future Warfare Studies. He has published 5 books, over 150 journal articles and book chapters, and numerous reports for government and academic organizations. He is a retired Navy Captain and surface warfare officer and naval strategist who held command at sea and directed several strategic planning organizations.

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Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Cold War
  • Deterrence
  • Geopolitics
  • International Relations
  • Maritime History
  • Maritime Strategy
  • National Security

Professional Highlights


Director of Institute for Future Warfare Studies


Professor of National, Naval and Maritime Strategy, Center for Naval Wafare Studies


Executive Director, Aegis Institute

Founding Executive Director of a start-up "think tank" focusing on naval program management, acquisition and shipbuilding.

Editor of U.S. Naval Institute on Naval Cooperation

(Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2015)

Author of Anti-Access Warfare: Countering A2/AD Strategies

(Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2013)

Author of Futures of War: Toward a Consensus View of the Future Security Environment, 2010-2035

(Newport, RI: Alidade Press, 2008)

Director, San Diego Operations, Strategic Insight LTD

Director of San Diego Operations for Strategic Insight, a planning-consulting firm headquartered in Arlington, VA specializing in projects of high risk and uncertainty. Areas of expertise at SI include long-range planning, international business development, and strategic communications.

Director, Strategic Planning and Business Development, Navy International Programs Office

Established the Directorate responsible for initial planning and prioritizing Department of the Navy security cooperation efforts with allies and partner nations. Developed a quantitative planning methodology that links international programs to policy requirements.

U.S. Defense and Naval Attache to the Hellenic Republic of Greece


Head, Strategy and Concepts Branch, OPNAV (N513)


Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1989, International Relations

M.A., Naval Postgraduate School, 1985, National Security Affairs, With distinction

B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, 1978

Awards and Decorations

Numerous personal awards campaign and service medals
U.S. Naval

14 professional literature awards

U.S. Naval Institute Arleigh Burke Prize

U.S. Navy League Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement

News, Media, & Events


Breaking the Mold Workshop: October 2018

Oct. 24, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Rhode Island Sound at Times Square

May. 24, 2019
8:00 p.m.
Times Square, Theater District, New York, NY

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