Todd M. Clawson

Military Professor Strategy and Policy Department
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
Todd Clawson faculty photo


Cmdr. Todd Clawson is a military professor in the Strategy and Policy Department. Most recently, he served as the NATO operations chief in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy’s Europe and NATO Policy. A career naval flight officer and a joint qualified officer, he has deployed to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf. His combat tours include Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. He earned his M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 2017 (distinguished graduate). He has degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University and Troy State University. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1995.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Foreign Policy
  • GWOT
  • Information Operations
  • Joint Operations
  • Military Planning
  • NATO
  • Operational Warfare
  • Policy

Professional Highlights


U.S. Naval War College

Military Faculty, Strategy & Policy Department

Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy

International Security Affairs, Europe/NATO Policy

U.S. Naval War College

Student in the College of Naval Warfare (Distinguished Graduate) and Advanced Research Program Halsey Alfa.

Commander, Seventh Fleet

Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategy and Plans (N5)

Joint Forces Staff College

Student in the Joint and Combined Warfighting School

Defense Information Systems Agency

Chief of Cyber Plans

Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan / NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan

Deputy Chief of Afghan Training Police Advising

Navy Legislative Fellow

Military Legislative Fellow assigned to the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Legislative Affairs

Tactical Air Control Squadron TWO TWO

Operations Officer

Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa

Director Future Operations (J-35)


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2017, National Security and Strategic Studies (Distinguished Graduate)

Diploma, U.S. Naval War College, 2014, Executive Level Operational Level of Warfare Course (ELOC)

Joint Command and Staff College, 2012, Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS), JPME Phase II

Certificate, George Washington University, 2010, Legislative Affairs

Diploma, U.S. Air Command and Staff College, 2005, Air Command and Staff Course

M.S., Troy State University, 2003, Business Management

B.B.A., Stephen F. Austin State University, 1991

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