Shawn W. Burns, Ed.D.

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Biography

Shawn Burns collaborates with wargaming colleagues to design, execute and analyze war games. He served as a Marine lieutenant colonel CH-53E helicopter pilot, completing overseas shipboard deployments with the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, 22nd and 24th Marine Expeditionary Units, and the Second Air/Naval Gunfire Liaison Company.

Areas of Expertise

  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Command and Control
  • Wargaming

Professional Highlights

2019

Professor

Course Director, Wargaming Professional Development Course, 28 Jan - 1Feb 2019
Game Director, Combined Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Europe Logistics Wargame, 14 - 18 Jan 2019
2018

Professor

Course Director, International Wargaming Course, 18-19 Jun 2018
Game Director, Fleet Design Wargame , 19-23 March 2018
Course Director, Wargaming Professional Development Course, 16-19 Jan 2018
USNWC Delegate, Inter-American Wargame 2018, Argentine Naval War College, Buenos Aires
2017

Professor

Game Director, Distributed Maritime Operations Wargame, 24-28 Jul 2017
Course Director, Wargaming Professional Development Course, 9-13 Jan 2017
USNWC Delegate, Inter-American Wargame 2017, Dominican Republic Naval War College, Santo Domingo

2016

Associate Professor

Game Director, Global V Command and Control War Game, 20-24 Jun 2016
USNWC Delegate, Inter-American Wargame 2016, Mexican Naval War College, Mexico City
2015

Associate Professor

Game Director, Joint Staff Cyberspace Operations Command & Control Wargame, 2-6 March 2015
USNWC Delegate, Inter-American Wargame 2015, Peru Naval War College, Lima Peru
2014

Associate Professor

Game Director, Command and Control in a Denied/Degraded Environment Wargame, 26-27 Feb 2014
USNWC Delegate, Inter-American Wargame 2014, Brazilian Naval War College, Rio de Janeiro
WGD Lead, Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Course, Flag Officer Practical Exercise, 20-25 Jul 2014
2013

Associate Professor

Game Director, Inter-American Wargame 2013, held at U.S. Naval War College
2012

Associate Professor

Game Director, Indo-Pacific Wargame, 26-30 Mar 2012
Lead, Wargaming Course, Mexican Naval War College (CSENAV), Mexico City, 9-13 Jul 2012
USNWC Delegate, Inter-American Wargame 2012, Colombian Military College, Bogota
2011

Associate Professor

Lead, Wargaming Course, Mexican Naval War College (CSENAV), Mexico City, 20-24 Jun 2011
USNWC Delegate, Inter-American Wargame, Dominican Republic Naval War College, Santo Domingo

2010

Assistant Professor

Game Director, Multilateral War Game, 24-28 Jul 2010
USNWC Delegate, Inter-American Wargame, Mexican Naval War College, Mexico City

Education

Ed.D., Johnson and Wales University, Educational Leadership

M.A., Naval War College, 2004, National Security and Strategic Studies

B.A. Salem State College, History

Research Contributions and Publications

Combined Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Logistics War Game- Post-game Analytic Report (co-editor)
2019

Fleet Design Wargame- Post-game Analytic Report (co-editor)
2018

Distributed Maritime Operations Wargame- Post-game Analytic Report (co-editor)
2017

Joint Staff Cyberspace Operations Command and and Control Wargame- Post-game Analytic Report (co-editor)
2016

Global V Command and Control Wargame- Post-game Analytic Report (co-editor)
2015

Global V Command and Control Wargame- Post-game Analytic Report (co-editor)
2015

Command and Control in a Denied/Degraded Communication Environment Wargame-Postgame Analytic Report (co-editor)
2014

An Exploration of the Use of Reflective Practice Among Institutions of Higher Education Employing Multinational War Gaming.
New England Educational Research Organization 46th Annual Meeting, May 1, 2014, Grand Summit Hotel, Dover, VT. (presentation)
1 May 2014

War Gaming as Reflective Practice. Posted to U.S. Naval War College (author).
2014

War Gamers’ Handbook; A Guide for Professional War Gamers, in print 2013, edited by S. Burns.
Defense Automation and Production Service: Newport, RI.
2013

Promoting Multinational Cooperation Among Western Hemisphere Maritime Partners through War Gaming; Game Report of the 2013 Inter-American War Game.
Edited by Burns, Aug 2013. Defense Automation and Production Service: Newport, RI.
2013

Leading Change Through Professional Development; An Exploration of a New Faculty Professional Development Orientation Program, dissertation.
UMI, May 2013
2013

U.S. Strategic Rebalancing to the Asia Pacific: An Exploration of One Scenario; Game Report of the Indo-Pacific War Game.
Edited by S. Burns & J. Logel.
May 31, 2012 Defense Automation and Production Service: Newport, RI.

Multinational War Game Report, 17 Sept 2010.
Edited by S. Burns.
Defense Automation and Production Service: Newport, RI.
2010

Case Studies in Policy Making and Process, 2005, edited by S. Burns.
Defense Automation and Production Service: Newport, RI.
2005

News, Media, & Events

VIDEO: 45 Seconds on Honor, Courage and Commitment

Jul. 08, 2019
News Publication

Starship Poseidon Summer STEM Camp

Jul. 14, 2019
3:00 p.m.
Naval Station, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Special Operations: Out of the Shadows

Oct. 01, 2019
Lynne Rienner Publishers
Article Publication

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