Thomas J. Culora

Dean Center for Naval Warfare Studies
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Dean Culora is a retired Navy captain and naval aviator with over 2500 flight hours. He has served in numerous operational billets including commanding officer of a helicopter maritime strike squadron (HSM-47), air boss on USS Peleliu (LHA-5) and executive officer then commanding officer of USS Boxer (LHD-4), an amphibious assault carrier. His staff tours include the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he helped shape and coordinate national and military policy during the groundwork initiatives to expand NATO in the mid-1990's and as flag secretary to the chief of naval education and training. He also served as both acting director and deputy director for Strategy and Policy on the Navy staff.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Arctic
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Deterrence
  • HA/DR
  • International Relations
  • Joint Operations
  • Leadership
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Policy


M.A., Naval War College, Strategic Studies, With Distinction

M.A., Naval Postgraduate School, National Security Affairs

B.F.A., School of Visual Arts in New York

Related Credentials

Dean Culora was a Federal Executive Fellow at Harvard University's Olin Institute from 2001-2002 during which time he focused primarily on leadership issues. From 2005 to 2007 he was a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York where his work examined global leadership, humanitarian assistance and U.S. maritime strategy.

External Memberships and Associations

Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, New York
Life Member

Rhode Island Chapter of the International Red Cross
Board of Directors

Herresoff Maritime Museum, Bristol, Rhode Island
Board of Directors

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