Sean P. Henseler, J.D.

Cmdr. (ret.), U.S. Navy

Professor College of Maritime Operational Warfare
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Professor Henseler is the Director of Operations for the College of Maritime Operational Warfare. While serving on active duty Henseler made multiple combat deployments to include Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired in 2009 as the Howard S. Levie Military Chair of Operational Law at the Naval War College.

Areas of Expertise

  • International Law
  • Military Planning
  • Operational Warfare
  • Rules of Engagement


J.D., Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law

M.A., Naval War College, National Security Studies, President’s Honor Graduate

M.A., Georgetown University, National Security Studies

B.S., Babson College, Business Management

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Awards and Decorations

Bronze Star

Meritorious Service Medal
3 awards

Navy Commendation Medal
3 awards

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Navy Achievement Medal

News, Media, & Events


U.S. Naval War College Graduation: November 2018

Nov. 14, 2018
12:00 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

The Year of the Gray Wolf: The Rise of Turkey’s New Ultranationalism

Jul. 16, 2018
War On The Rocks
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