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Defense Analysis Department Chair
Dr. John Arquilla

Dr. John ArquillaJohn Arquilla is professor and chair in the department of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School. His research interests extend from explorations of the history of irregular warfare to studies of the complex strategic implications of the information revolution. His books include In Athena’s Camp (1997), Networks and Netwars (2001), The Reagan Imprint (2006), Worst Enemy (2008), Insurgents, Raiders, and Bandits (2011), and Afghan Endgames (2012). From time to time, Dr. Arquilla has acted as consultant to military commanders in conflicts ranging from Operation Desert Storm to the Kosovo War and the Afghan campaign. His attention at present – in and out of the classroom – is focused on the great war underway between nations and networks, in particular on the need for nations to develop networks of their own to combat the terrorists and armed insurgents who bedevil our world.

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Laura Adame

M.A., Georgetown University, 1986; M.S., National War College, 2006.

Mark T. Berger

Visiting Professor (2006)
Ph.D., University of New South Wales, 1992.

Research Interests

U.S. Foreign Policy; Security-Development and State-Building; Counter-Insurgency/Insurgency; Illegal Drug Trade; especially the Americas, with a second regional specialty in Asia and the Middle East

Leo Blanken

Associate Professor (2008)
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2006

Research Interests

International Relations Theory; Conflict Processes; National Security Policy

Douglas A. Borer

Associate Professor (2004)
Ph.D., Boston University, 1993

Research Interests

Strategy; Political Legitimacy; Irregular Warfare

Robert Burks

Assistant Professor (2017)
Air Force Institute of Technology, 2006

Daniel Cunningham

Lecturer (2010)
M.S., Monterey Institute of International Studies, 2009

Research Interests

Visual Analytics and Social Network Analysis

Dr. Zachary S. Davis

Research Professor
PhD, International Relations, University of Virginia, 1989

Research Interests

Examining the security implications of emerging technologies and WMD-E

Dorothy Denning

Distinguished Professor (2002)
Ph.D, Purdue University

Research Interests

Conflict in Cyberspace; Cyber Security; Trust, Influence and Networks


Jennifer J. Duncan

Program and Research Manager (1992)
M.S., City University of New York, 1985

Sean Everton

Associate Professor (2007)
Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Interests

Social Network Analysis; Political Sociology; Social Movements; Sociology of Religion

William P. Fox

Professor (2006)
Ph.D., Clemson University, 1990

Research Interests

Mathematical Modeling; Combat Modeling; Modeling Terrorism; Decision and Risk Analysis

Michael Freeman

Associate Professor (2005)
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Research Interests

Terrorism; Counterterrorism; Foreign Policy; Political Theory

Scott Gartner

Visiting Professor (2015)

Brian Greenshields

Senior Lecturer (2009)
M.A., Naval Postgraduate School

Research Interests

Air power, strategy, irregular warfare

Heather Gregg

Associate Professor (2006)
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003.

Research Interests

Religiously motivated violence; Countering ideologies; Non-kinetic means for fighting counterinsurgencies; long term goals of COIN

Jesse Hammond

Assistant Professor, 2016
Ph.D., political science, UC Davis 2016

Research Interests

Political violence, applied statistics, GIS, network analysis, machine learning and text-as-data

Doowan Lee

Visiting Professor (2008)
ABD, University of Chicago

Research Interests

Social Movement Theory; Radical Movements; International Relations Theory; Research Design; Network Analysis


George Lober

Emeritus (1998)
M.A., California State University at Fresno, 1986.

Ryan Maness

Assistant Professor (2017)
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Gordon H. McCormick

Professor (1992)
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1986

Research Interests

Terrorism; Sub-State Conflict; Irregular Warfare; Formal Modeling

Siamak Naficy

Senior Lecturer (2013)
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2010

Research Interests

Anthropology of Conflict; War & Society; Moral/Sacred Values; Media & War; Cognitive Science

Robert O'Connell

Visiting Professor (2004)
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1976

Wayne Porter

Senior Lecturer (2015)
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 2014

Nancy C. Roberts

Professor Emeritus (1986)
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1983

Research Interests

Complex Networks; Problem Solving; Social Network Analysis; Strategic Management; Organization Theory; "Wicked Problems"; Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Elizabeth Robinson

Visiting Professor (2011)
M.A., The George Washington University, 1985

Glenn Robinson

Associate Professor (1991)
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1992

Research Interests

Political Violence; Islamic Fundamentalism; Political Economy; Middle East

Hy Rothstein

Senior Lecturer (2002)
Ph.D., Tufts University, 2003

Research Interests

Security Strategy; Irregular Warfare; Military Deception; Psychological Warfare

Kalev (Gunner) Sepp

Senior Lecturer (2003)
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1992

Research Interests

National Security Policy; National Strategy; National Military Strategy; Special Operations; Irregular Warfare; Counter-Terrorism; Counter-Insurgency

Anna Simons

Professor (1998)
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1992

Research Interests

Anthropology of Conflict; Military Culture; Methods of Social Control; Africa; Military Advising (advisory assessment and selection)

Bradley J. Strawser

Associate Professor (2012)
Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2012

Research Interests

Philosophy and military ethics

Kristen Tsolis

Lecturer (1999)
M.S., Monterey Institute of International Studies, 1999

Research Interests

Geospatial Analysis; Computer Security

Tristan Volpe

Assistant Professor (2017)
Ph.D., George Washington

Camber Warren

Assistant Professor (2012)
Ph.D., Duke University, 2008