Sam J. Tangredi, Ph.D.

Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department
Capt., U.S. Navy, Retired
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Professor Tangredi was appointed as the Leidos Chair of Future Warfare Studies in March 2019 and since May 2017, has served as the director of the Institute for Future Warfare Studies. He initially joined the Naval War College as a professor of national, naval and maritime strategy in the Strategic and Operational Research Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies in October 2016. He has published five 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 specializing in naval strategy. He held command at sea and directed several strategic planning organizations.

Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Asymmetrical Warfare
  • Cold War
  • Deterrence
  • Diplomacy
  • Geopolitics
  • Maritime History
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Security Cooperation

Professional Highlights


Leidos Chair of Future Warfare Studies

Chair established through generosity of the Naval War College Foundation and the science and technology company Leidos.

Director, 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


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

Research Contributions and Publications

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

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