Walter A. Berbrick, DLP

Associate Professor Wargaming Department
Walter Berbrick photo


Walter Berbrick is as an associate professor in the War Gaming Department, founding director of the Arctic Studies Group and co-lead scholar of the Newport Arctic Scholars Initiative. He has authored many reports and publications on defense and foreign policy issues and is the co-author of the forthcoming book “Newport Manual on Arctic Security.” Most recently, he served as the senior arctic policy advisor to the Secretary of the Navy and special representative for the Arctic region at the U.S. State Department. He is an international affairs fellow and member with the Council on Foreign Relations, holds a doctorate from Northeastern University and has served 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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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

Research Contributions and Publications

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