William G. Glenney, IV, Select One

Capt. (ret.), U.S. Navy

Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department
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Biography

In January 2017, Mr. Glenney became the Founding Director, Institute for Future Warfare Studies (IFWS) at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, RI, and in July 2017 transitioned to Research Professor of IFWS. IFWS serves as the focal point for NWC actions to support identifying and defining warfare trends for the future Navy force. From December 1998 to December 2016, Mr. Glenney was the Deputy Director of the CNO's Strategic Studies Group, guiding the group in the study of strategy and the development of innovative naval warfare concepts. Mr. Glenney has been involved in naval innovation drawing on the experience of the CNO SSG.

Areas of Expertise

  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Technology
  • Military Theory
  • National Security
  • Operational Warfare
  • Submarine Warfare
  • UAVs/Drones
  • Wargaming

Professional Highlights

2017

Research Professor, Institute for Future Warfare Studies

Conducting research on potential future warfare for the U. S. Navy focusing on 1) seabed warfare; 2) metrics for Navy power in the future; 3) synthetic biology; and 4) innovation.
2017

Founding Director, Institute for Future Warfare Studies

January - July 2017 - Founding Director for the U. S. Naval War College Institute for Future Warfare Studies serving as the focal point for NWC actions to support defining the future U. S. Navy.
1998

Deputy Director, Chief of Naval Operations' Strategic Studies Group

December 1998 through December 2016 - Deputy Director of the CNO's Strategic Studies Group with the sole mission of generating revolutionary operating and warfighting concepts for the future Navy. Responsible for guiding the Group in the study of strategy and generating innovative naval concepts.
1986

Partner and Vice President, Sonalysts Incorporated, Waterford, CT

From August 1986 to December 1998, worked at Sonalysts, Inc., a high-technology firm, becoming a Vice President in 1996. Worked primarily on submarine real-world operations and intelligence matters.
1984

Executive Officer, Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, Windsor, CT/Senior Evaluation Officer, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Windsor, CT

1981

Engineer Officer and Senior Watch Officer, USS DACE (SSN 607)

1978

Division Officer, USS ETHAN ALLEN (SSBN 608)(BLUE)

Education

M.A., U. S. Naval War College, 2006, National Security and Strategic Planning with Distinction

M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1986, Mechanical Engineering

B.S., U. S. Naval Academy, 1976, Mechanical Engineering with Distinction

Related Credentials

Mr. Glenney has conducted doctoral studies in international relations and national security affairs at the University of Connecticut (1988-1995). He was a Business Network Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute from 2007 to 2011. He retired from the Navy and Navy Reserve in July 2006 after 30 years of commissioned service including four tours as Commanding Officer.

Other Honors

Business Network Fellow
Santa Fe Institute, 2007-2011

Retired from the Navy and Navy Reserve in July 2006 after 30 years of commissioned service including four tours as Commanding Officer.

External Memberships and Associations

Association of Professional Futurists (APF)
Member

World Futures Society
Member

Military Operations Research Society (MORS)
Member

News, Media, & Events

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23rd International Seapower Symposium

Sep. 18, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841
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Cheer Up Admiral Sims!! There Still is No Naval War College

Apr. 20, 2018
U.S. Naval Institute
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