Walter A. Berbrick, DLP

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Biography

Dr. Berbrick is an associate professor in the War Gaming Department and founding director of the Arctic Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College. He has led more than 20 major research projects and authored or co-authored more than a dozen reports and publications on joint and naval warfare, national security, strategy, and the Arctic region. Previously, he served as senior adviser to the special representative for the arctic region at the Department of State, was awarded an International Affairs Fellowship with the Council on Foreign Relations, and served more than 10 years in the U.S. Navy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Arctic
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • Leadership
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Planning
  • National Security
  • Policy
  • Wargaming

Professional Highlights

2017

Associate Professor and Director of the Arctic Studies Group , U.S. Naval War College

Since 2009, Berbrick has led over 20 cross-disciplinary research teams and authored or co-authored 15 major reports on maritime affairs, defense strategy, and military operations. Since 2013, he has led the development and execution of academic and research programs for the Arctic region.
2016

Senior Policy Adviser, Department of State

Principal adviser on national security to the Special Representative for the Arctic during the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Led Arctic policy transition at State and represented the department in National Security Council and Arctic Executive Steering Committee deliberations.
2010

Counter Terrorism Analyst/Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Joint Intelligence Center, U.S. Central Command (JICCENT) 0597

Planned and directed all-source intelligence analysis and assessments for USCENTCOM Afghanistan and Pakistan Center of Excellence while developing the command’s first occupational health and safety program, leading to an “Outstanding” rating during its first Operational Readiness Inspection.
2009

Director of Intelligence for United States Forces Korea Reserve Detachment 102

Developed the command’s first intelligence program and integrated intelligence support to military plans and operations involving the defense of the Republic of Korea.
2008

Special Assistant to the President for Intelligence/Special Security Officer (Acting), U.S. Naval War College

Oversaw 8 Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) programs, 4 facilities, and 750 staff, faculty, and students; provided intelligence consultation and key leadership to advanced research programs involving hundreds of faculty and students
2007

Strategic Intelligence Analyst, Office of Naval Intelligence Detachment Newport

As the liaison to the U.S. Naval War College and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Northeast Regional Field Office, he developed dozens of advanced analytic assessments used by today’s leaders while completing his first master’s degree.

Education

DLP, Northeastern University, Law and Policy

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

M.A., Salve Regina University, International Relations

B.A., Saint Peter's University, Criminal Justice

Publications

Make the Arctic great again
2016

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