Lt. Col. Adler joined the faculty at the U.S. Naval War College in 2016. He holds a bachelor’s in political science, a master’s in military arts and science (history) and a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies. He was originally commissioned as an infantry officer through the Army's Officer Candidate School in 1996. His assignments include service in Germany, Washington, Texas, Georgia and California. He has operational and combat deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. His most recent assignment was as a Combined Arms Battalion Commander with the 1st Armored Division in Fort Bliss, Texas.