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Fred Drake
Professor (1999), CDR USN (ret)
C.A.G.S. North Central University (2009); M.A., U.S. Naval War College (1996); M.S. Troy State University (1988); B.S., University of Idaho (1979),

J. Scott McPherson
Associate Professor (2017)
CAPT USN (ret); Ph.D., Salve Regina University (2010); M.A., U.S. Naval War College (2000); B.A., University of Arkansas, Little Rock (1985).,

Patricia J. Blocksome
Assistant Professor (2018)
Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2017, MA, Kansas State University (2010); BA, University of Missouri-Kansas City (2005)

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Dr. Blocksome is an assistant professor in the National Security Affairs department of the Naval War College at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. She received her BA from the University of Missouri.

Gregory D. Reilly
Associate Professor (2017), COL USA (ret)
M.A., U.S. Naval War College (2007); MMAS School of Advanced Military Studies (1997); MMAS Fort Leavenworth (1996); B.A. Economics, Sacramento State (1984),

Joyce Sampson
Professor (2001)
Ph.D., Florida State University (2001); M.A., Kent State University (1992); B.A., Kent State University (1989).,

John M. Sheehan
Associate Professor (2018), CDR USN (ret)
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School (2013); M.A., George Mason University (2007); M.A., U.S. Naval War College (2004); M.B.A. Columbia College (2003); B.S. California State University, San Jose (1988).,

Robert W. Tomlinson
Associate Professor (2016), COL. USAF, (Ret)
PhD, Claremont Graduate University, (2012); MA, California State University, Northridge, (2003); MPA Golden Gate University, (1981); BA, College of the Holy Cross, (1974),

Karl F. Walling
Professor (2000)
B.A. Liberal Arts, St. John's College (Annapolis) 1984; M.A. Political Science, University of Chicago, 1987; Joint Ph.D. Social Thought and Political Science, University of Chicago, 1992,

Thomas P. Moore
Professor (2001), COL (ret) USAR
Ph.D., Virginia Tech (1986); M.S., Stanford University (1975); B.A., Northeastern University (1974).,

R. Mitchell Brown III
Professor (1999), CDR USN (ret)
MA, Naval Postgraduate School, (1980), C&S Naval War College (2002); M.A., Naval Postgraduate School, (1980); MBA Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) (1976); B.S., U.S. Naval Academy (1968)

Dayne E. Nix
Professor (2009)
Ph.D., Salve Regina University (2007); M.A., Naval War College (2004); Th.M., Duke University (1993); M.Div., Denver Seminary (1983); B.A., University of Colorado (1974).,

Michael W. Jones
Professor (2000), CDR USNR
Ph.D., Florida State University (2004); M.S., B.A., University of New Orleans (1993),

Samuel Helfont
Assistant Professor (2018)
PhD, Princeton University; MA, Princeton University; MA, Tel Aviv University (Israel); BA, University of Maryland,

Jonathan E. Czarnecki
Professor (2001)
Ph.D., M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, COL USA, ARNG (ret); Ph.D., M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo (1979, 1976); B.S. Clarkson University (1970)

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Professor Jon Czarnecki has taught Joint Maritime Operations for thirteen years in the U.S. Naval War College program at the Naval Postgraduate School.  Prior to that, he served as Senior Army National Guard Advisor to the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.  Dr. Czarnecki has taught and conducted research at State University of New York at Buffalo, State University of New York at Albany, American Military University, National Louis University and the National Defense University.

Dr. Czarnecki holds a M.A and Ph.D. in political science and applied statistics from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a B.S. in social science and industrial management from Clarkson University.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Signal School, the Army War College Defense Strategy Program, the Joint Forces Staff College, the Defense Resources Management Institute, and the Naval War College.  He holds certification in strategic planning, facilitation, quality management, and business reengineering.   He has taught courses on Legislative Affairs, Systems Theory, Social Statistics, Public Policy Analysis, Environmental Politics, Strategic Planning, International Relations, Globalization and Governance, Resource Management and Joint Operations at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Czarnecki has published over 30 articles on various professional subjects.  His research interests involve the role of information in operational warfare, explaining the success and failure of joint operations, and the implementation of the new science as foundations of operational art.

Colonel Czarnecki retired in 2001 after 27 years of active and reserve duty.  He commanded signal units at the tactical level and served as staff officer on intelligence, personnel and logistics staffs at the group level. He has served as staff chief of long range planning and intelligence for the National Guard Bureau and secretary to the general staff of the same organization.   His last major staff assignment was chief of the Army National Guard Program, including the force structure of 400,000 soldiers and $36 billion worth of pay, training, operations and maintenance, construction, and procurement.    

Colonel Czarnecki’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, two awards of the Army Commendation Medal, four awards of the Army Achievement Medal, and several campaign and unit awards.  Professor Czarnecki is married with five (grown) children.

Craig A. Whiteside
Associate Professor (2013), LTC USA (ret)
Ph.D. (2014); M.A. (2011) Washington State University; C&GS College (2004); B.S., U.S. Military Academy (1991),

James Adams
Associate Professor (2019), COL USA (Ret.)
M.S., National War College (2009); B.S. Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Martin (1984)

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James Adams joined the JMO faculty in 2019 after retiring with over 29 years of service in the United States Army as an Armor officer. After retirement, James worked with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State for 4 years. Key assignments include Deputy Brigade Commander, 2nd Brigade, 3rdInfantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Commander, 3rdSquadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment; Brigade Executive Officer, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division; and Strategic Planner in the Office of the Chief of Staff, Headquarters Department of the Army.

Key awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (5th award), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Army Staff Badge.

James received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Martin and a M.S. degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, D.C. He is also a resident graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College.

David F. Overton
Professor (2007); LtCol USMC (ret);
M.S., Naval Postgraduate School (2003); B.S., East Carolina University (1994),

Richard B. Grahlman
Professor (1999), CDR USN (ret)
M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, B.S., Oregon State University,
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