In Memoriam

Colleagues: It is with much sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our friend and colleague Dr. Will Bundy on Sunday, December 15th.

William F. Bundy, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Warfighting Research and Development Office of the Provost
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Dr. Bundy served in the Navy for more than 30 years prior to returning to the Naval War College as a Center for Naval Warfare Studies (CNWS) faculty member. He has led warfighting concept development and advanced research projects that have been deployed in the Fleet and the Joint Force. Dr. Bundy created the initial concept of operations for Navy Ballistic Missile Defense, warfighting concepts for the Ohio Class Guided Missile Submarine and recently contributed to introduction of Distributed Lethality in the Navy. He has mentored more than 330 war college graduate research students.

Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Air Defense
  • Command and Control
  • Joint Operations
  • Military Technology
  • Nuclear
  • Operational Warfare
  • Submarine Warfare
  • Wargaming

Professional Highlights


Director, VADM Samuel L Gravely, Jr. Naval Warfare Research Group

Assumed the position of Director of the Halsey CHARLIE Research Group that was later named after VADM Samuel L Gravely, Jr.

Vice President, FleetBoston Operations and Technology

Directed technology adoption across the FleetBoston enterprise along with introducing formal Project Management education and certification

Director, Rhode Island Department of Transportation

Introduced RIDOT to the Transportation Information Age and established the RIDOT Transportation Operations Center. Established the Freight Rail Project that opened rail access to the port at Quonset Point.

Submarine Officer, U.S. Navy

Served as a Submarine Officer through Command of Submarines and Senior Staff assignments at the Squadron, Group and Fleet levels. Served in seven submarines. Served as Director, Naval Officer Candidates School, Newport Entered Enlisted service in 1963.


Ph.D., Salve Regina University, 2005

M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 1993, With distinction

B.A., University of Hawaii, 1973, With distinction

A.A., Leeward Community College, 1970

Baltimore City College, 1964

C.V. or Resume

Related Credentials

Military-Political (Nuclear) Strategists

Joint Service Officer

Research Contributions and Publications

Halsey CHARLIE Research Mentor and Principle Investigator - Navy Ballistic Missile Defense and OHIO-Class SSGN Concept of Operations

Gravely Research Group graduate research mentor and Communities of Interest/Warfare Research Project leader, Mentor and Principle Investigator

Awards and Decorations

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Navy Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star

Navy Commendation Medal with Silver Star indicating six awards

Twelve other personal awards, campaign medals, unit commendations and service awards including the Navy Expeditionary Medal, Navy Unit Commendations and Meritorious Unit Commendations

Navy Superior Civilian Service Award

The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara

Other Honors

Black Engineer of the Year for Achievement in Government

U.S. Navy League Dalton L. Baugh Award for Inspirational Leadership

Honor Society in business, management, and administration

Sigma Beta Delta

External Memberships and Associations

U.S. Naval Institute
Life Member

National Naval Officers Association
Life Member

Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni
Life Member

The Historymakers
History Maker

Submarine Skippers
Centennial Seven

Naval Order of the United States
Life Member

News, Media, & Events

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Jan. 13, 2020
News Publication

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

America Cannot Afford to Leave The Open Skies Treaty

Dec. 19, 2019
The National Interest
Article Publication

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