Thomas A. Heaney, Jr., Select One

Col. (ret.), U.S. Army

Associate Professor College of Maritime Operational Warfare
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Colonel Heaney graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1981 and served for the next 30 years in Infantry and staff positions in tactical and operational headquarters. Colonel Heaney retired in June 2011 and is an Associate Professor at the U.S. Naval War College. He’s currently an instructor in the College of Maritime Operational Warfare; Maritime Operational Planner’s Course.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Counterterrorism
  • Ground Warfare
  • Homeland Security
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Latin America
  • Leadership
  • Military Planning
  • Military Theory
  • Operational Warfare
  • Peace Operations
  • Revolutionary War
  • Special Operations

Professional Highlights


Associate Professor, Maritime Operational Planners Course

Faculty lead for Operational Design and Elements, Operational design, and Course of Action Development in the MOPC program of instruction.

Operations Specialist, COSL Assist and Assess Team

Provided direct support to the U.S. Navy Maritime Operation Centers (MOC) at Navy Service component and numbered fleet commands. Conducted tailored on-site educational and training visits to improve MOC processes and procedures to improve operational level command and control.

Senior Army Adviser to the U.S. Naval War College

Responsible for leading and providing all administrative support the U.S. Army faculty and students assigned to the U.S. Naval War College. Also, taught Joint Military Operations to the ILE and SLE courses at the U.S. Naval War College.

Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Command

Responsible for leading U.S. Army Recruiting for the Western United States; the recruiting mission cover accessions for all U.S. Army Military Occupation Specialties across the force.

Deputy Commander, Operation U.S. Army South

Responsible for leading all of the commands combined and joint operations and exercises in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean for USSOUTHCOM's land component, U.S. Army South (USARSO).


B.A., University of Rhode Island, History

M.B.A., Central Michigan University, Business Administration

M.A., U.S.Naval War College, National Security Strategy

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