Department of Defense Analysis


John Arquilla, Ph.D.

Code DA, Root Hall, Room 214

(831) 656-3691, DSN 756-3691

FAX (831) 656-2649

Associate Chairman, Instruction

William P. Fox, Ph.D.

Code DA, Root Hall, Room R-103J

(831) 656-2709, DSN 756-2709

Associate Chairman, Operations

Brian Greenshields

Code DA, Root Hall, Room 209


Associate Chairman, Research

Bradley Strawser, Ph.D.

Code DA, Root Hall, Room 201I

(831) 656-3754, DSN 756-3754

* The year of joining the Naval Postgraduate School faculty is indicated in parentheses.

John Arquilla, Chairman, Defense Analysis Department and Professor (1993); Ph.D., Stanford University, 1991.

Mark T. Berger, Visiting Professor (2006); Ph.D., University of New South Wales, 1992.

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

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

Robert Burks, Assistant Professor (2015); Ph.D., AFIT, 2006.

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

Dorothy Denning, Distinguished Professor Emeritus (2002); Ph.D., Purdue University, 1975.

Jennifer Duncan, Program and Research Manager (1992); M.A., City University of New York, 1985.

Sean Everton, Associate Professor (2007); Ph.D., Stanford University, 2007.

William P. Fox, Professor (2006); Ph.D., Clemson University, 1990.

Michael Freeman, Associate Professor (2005); Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2001.

Frank Giordano, Professor Emeritus (2002); Ph.D., University of Arkansas, 1975.

Brian Greenshields, Senior Lecturer (2009); M.A., Naval Postgraduate School, 1989.

Heather S. Gregg, Associate Professor (2006); Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003.

Jesse Hammond, Assistant Professor (2016); Ph. D, University of California, Davis, 2016.

Erik Jansen, Senior Lecturer (1994); Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1987.

Doowan Lee, Visiting Lecturer (2008); ABD, University of Chicago.

Ryan C. Maness, Assistant Professor (2017); Ph.D., 2013. 

Gordon H. McCormick, Professor (1992); Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1986.

Siamak Naficy, Visiting Professor (2011); Ph.D., UCLA, 2010.

Guillermo Owen, Professor (1983); Ph.D., Princeton University, 1962.

Robert O'Connell, Visiting Professor (2004); Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1976.

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

Ian Rice, COL, USA, Military Instructor (2017); ABD, University of California Los Angeles. 

Michael Richardson, COL, USA, Chair of Special Operations (2016); M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2001.

Nancy C. Roberts, Professor Emeritus (1986); Ph.D., Stanford University, 1983.

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

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

Kalev (Gunner) Sepp, Senior Lecturer (2003); Ph.D., Harvard University, 1992.

Anna Simons, Professor (1998); Ph.D., Harvard University, 1992.

Bradley J. Strawser, Associate Professor (2012); Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2012.

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

John Tullius, National Intelligence Chair (2016); Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1997.

Tristan A. Volpe, Assistant Professor (2017); Ph.D., George Washington University, 2015. 

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

Brief Overview

The Department of Defense Analysis is an interdisciplinary association of faculty, representing a wide range of academic and operational specialties. The Department has two curricula: the Special Operations/Irregular Warfare curriculum and the Information Strategy and Political Warfare curriculum.

The Special Operations/Irregular Warfare curriculum provides a focused course of instruction in irregular warfare, sub-state conflict, terrorism and counterterrorism, and other "high leverage" operations in U.S. defense and foreign policy. The core program also provides every student with a strong background in strategic analysis, decision modeling, organization theory, and formal analytical methods. The student's program is built around a common set of core courses and a selected specialty track. Currently the tracks offered are: Irregular Warfare, Information Operations, Terrorist Operations and Financing, Strategic Forecasting and Decision making, Operations Analysis, Combat Systems, Financial Management, C4I Systems, and National Security Affairs (Regional Studies). The individual student, depending on his or her interests and academic background, chooses the specialty track. In selected cases, students are also able to develop a tailored area of specialization to satisfy a particular interest or requirement. Graduates are awarded a Master of Science in Defense Analysis, with their specialty track so specified.

While the Special Operations/Irregular Warfare curriculum is sponsored by U.S. Special Operations Command, the curriculum actively solicits student participation from across the services, regardless of branch or specialty code. International students are an important element of the program. Students are encouraged to apply for the Winter or Summer Quarter, permitting them to take maximum advantage of the program's sequenced course of instruction. Exceptions are approved by the Academic Associate. The program is 18 months long and requires a completed thesis.

The goal of the Information Strategy and Political Warfare curriculum is to educate military personnel and civilian officials of the United States and its Allies in the strategic and operational dimensions of information relative to the use of force as an instrument of statecraft.

The curriculum is designed for both the specialist who will be assigned to an information operations position and the generalist who will be assigned to an operations directorate. The curriculum includes a core of military art and operations, the human dimension of warfare emphasizing psychological warfare and military deception, analytical methods, and a technical sequence customized for each student that may include concentrations in cyber systems and operations, electronic warfare, intelligence support to Information Strategy and Political Warfare and computer network operations. Additional areas of concentration are available to meet specific student and organizational requirements. Finally, each student will write a thesis relevant to the field of information operations. The Information Strategy and Political Warfare curriculum is designed to develop the following competencies in its graduates:

  • Analyze the global information environment and assess its impact on national security strategy.
  • Analyze the role of information operations in national military strategy and maximize it contributions to national military power.
  • Analyze information operations’ role in national information strategy and maximize its contributions to the non-military elements of national power.
  • Evaluate the relationships, linkages and dependencies between intelligence and information operations.
  • Analyze the contributions of the interagency community to information operations and vice versa.
  • Analyze non-US approaches to, capabilities, and doctrines for information operations.
  • Analyze the use of information operations to achieve desired effects across the spectrum of national security threats.
  • Analyze how information operations are integrated to support the national military and security strategies and the interagency process.
  • Analyze how information operations apply at the operational and strategic levels of war and how they support the operations of a networked force.
  • Evaluate the national security technological environment as an enabler for current and future competitive advantage.
  • Detect enemy cyber fires and plan defensive and offensive cyber operations.
  • Analyze the principles, capabilities and limitations of information operations across the range of military operations, to include pre and post-conflict operations.

This program is open to all branches of the military, federal employees, international military officers and government sponsored civilians.

Army, Air Force, Navy, and USMC graduates who also complete the approved 4-course Naval War College JPME curriculum also receive credit for JPME 1 and their Service-particular Intermediate Level Education (ILE/IDE).


Master of Science in Defense Analysis

Master of Science in Information Strategy and Political Warfare

Defense Analysis Course Descriptions

DA Courses