William A. Adler

Military Professor College of Leadership and Ethics
Lt. Col., U.S. Army
William A Adler photo


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.

Areas of Expertise

  • COIN
  • Foreign Policy
  • Ground Warfare
  • Military Planning
  • Security Cooperation

Professional Highlights


Battalion Commander

Battalion Commander for a Combined Arms Battalion composed of two Mechanized Infantry Companies, two Armor Companies, a Forward Support Company and a Headquarters Company. Responsible for training, readiness, and welfare of over 650 soldiers and their families.

Chief of Plans and Exercises-1 Armored Division

Manage planning efforts with organizational, national, and international performance objectives. Support Army senior leader objectives for unit readiness and manage the progress of simultaneous planning efforts for the division.

Chief of Plans- National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Ca.

Develop training scenarios to meet tactical and operational requirements. Manage long term exercise design and near term planning with a focus on delivering high quality, multi-echelon, realistic scenarios for the force involving Army, Joint, and Interagency partners.

Brigade Operations Trainer

Observe, Coach, and Train Brigade level operations officers and their staffs; provide feedback on performance and training objectives to facilitate after action reviews, and support the execution of complex exercise events involving Army, Joint, and Interagency partners.

Executive Officer

Second in Command and chief of staff for a Stryker Battalion Task Force deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Responsible for operation of alternate command posts and coordination with joint, multinational, and interagency partners to achieve mission objectives.

Battalion Operations Officer

Operations officer for a Stryker Infantry Battalion, forward deployed in the EUCOM AOR. Responsible for the training management, plans and operations, unit readiness, and training deployments within the EUCOM AOR.


Student at the Army's Command and General Staff College graduating with a degree in Military Arts and Sciences (MMAS) with an emphasis in Military History.

Battalion Task Force Staff Trainer-Joint Multinational Readiness Center

Observe, Coach, and Train Task Force level executive officers and their staffs; provide feedback on performance and training objectives to facilitate after action reviews, and support the execution of complex exercise events involving Army, Joint, and Multinational partners.

Combat Advisor-OIF

Train and coach leaders in an Iraqi Army Infantry Battalion; deploy and conduct combat operations with Iraqi military and security forces; coordinate training and operations with other coalition forces.

Rifle Company Commander

Company Commander of a Stryker Rifle Company. Responsible for the training, readiness, employment of a Stryker infantry company. Responsible for the welfare of 173 soldiers and their families.

News, Media, & Events

U.S. Naval War College Faculty Convocation: August 2020

Aug. 03, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Spruance Auditorium, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Has Donald Trump Learned on the Job as Commander in Chief?

Jan. 05, 2020
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