Sean M. Mahoney

Military Professor National Security Affairs
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
Sean M Mahoney faculty photo


Cmdr. Sean Mahoney joined the National Security Affairs Department after earning a Master's Degree (with distinction) from NWC in June 2020. Additional degrees include an Executive Master of Business Administration (with distinction) from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2017 and a B.A. from the University of Washington. A career E-2C/D naval flight officer, his operational tours include deployments in support of multiple global war on terror operations, and he most recently deployed as the assistant air officer aboard CVN-74. His shore assignments include the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School and VAW/VRC requirements officer at Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic.

Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Air Defense
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Command and Control

Professional Highlights


Assistant Air Officer - CVN-74

Deployed as the Mini Boss with USS John C. Stennis for an around-the-world combat deployment in support of FIFTH, SIXTH and SEVENTH Fleet operations.

VAW/VRC Requirements Officer - COMNAVAIRLANT


Department Head - VAW-126

Served as Administrative and Safety Officer. Deployed as squadron Operations Officer aboard USS Harry S Truman in 2014.

ACTC Curriculum Developer and SME - E-2D Fleet Introduction Team

Member of initial training cadre for Fleet integration of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.

Weapons and Tactics Instructor - VAW-121

Deployments aboard USS George Washington for a Partnership of the Americas around the horn trip and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

WTI Program Manager - Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School - Fallon, NV

Graduate of TOPGUN Air Intercept Controller Course
Graduate of CAEWWS WTI Program

VAW-112 - First Operational Tour

Two deployments aboard USS Carl Vinson to the SEVENTH and FIFTH Fleet AORs.


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, National Security and Strategic Studies

E.M.B.A, Naval Postgraduate School

B.A., University of Washington, English

External Memberships and Associations

Beta Gamma Sigma - International Business Honor Society

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