Naval War College Partnership & JPME


Dr. Robert W. Tomlinson

Associate Professor

Halligan Hall Room 239


DSN 756-3708

Associate Chair

Dr. J. Scott McPherson

Associate Professor

Halligan Hall Room 241


DSN 756-3719

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

Yvonne Chiu, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley (2008); M.A. University of California at Berkeley (1999); A.B. Stanford University (1998).

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

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

Samuel Helfont Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Princeton University; M.A., Princeton University; M.A., Tel Aviv University (Israel); B.A., University of Maryland.

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

J. Scott McPherson, Associate Professor; CAPT USN (Ret.); Ph.D., Salve Regina University (2009), M.A., Naval War College, (2000); B.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1985).

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

Dayne E. Nix, Professor; CDR USN (Ret.) 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).

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

Paul E. Rasmussen, Associate Professor; CDR USN (Ret.); M.A., U.S. Naval War College (2012); M.B.A., University of Nebraska (2009); B.S., University of California at San Diego(1993).

Gregory D. Reilly, Associate Professor; 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 University (1984).

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

John M. Sheehan, Associate Professor; 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; Col USAF (Ret), Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University (2012), MA, California State University Northridge (2003); MPA, Golden Gate University (1981); BA, College of the Holy Cross (1974).

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

Professional Military Education (PME) and Joint Professional Military Education (JPME)

The U.S. Naval War College curricula offered at NPS fully meets the requirements for Navy PME as established by the Chief of Naval Operations and for JPME Phase I qualification as established by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff for Intermediate Level Professional Military Education.

In 1999, NPS partnered with the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI (NWC) to provide NPS students a tailored program leading to a Naval War College diploma and JPME phase I certification. From this beginning, the Naval War College JPME courses at NPS have been taught by highly qualified NWC-at-NPS faculty who reflect the high standards of NWC content, teaching methodology, and program management.

The NWC-at-NPS JPME curriculum mirrors the NWC resident program in Newport while tailoring it to the NPS program and constructs.  It provides instruction in three core courses at NPS: Strategy and War (1 Quarter in length), Theatre Security Decision Making (1 Quarter in length), and Joint Maritime/Military Operations (one course covered over two quarters).

Of Note: Students should take the courses in the order listed above: Strategy and War; Theater Security Decision Making, then Joint Maritime Operations parts I and II (consecutively) in order to effectively participate in the final exercise that will demonstrate the holistic nature of the three courses. Relatedly, only those students who complete the entire sequence (S&W, TSDM and JMO) will earn JPME phase I certification. Transcripts of those students who complete all NWC courses (S&W, TSDM and JMO) through other methodologies (i.e., Fleet Seminar, correspondence,) will be annotated to verify their JPME phase I certification.

Naval War Course Descriptions

NW Courses

Marine Corps Professional Military Education at NPS

Marine Corps officers selected to attend NPS through the Commandant’s Career-Level Education Board (CCLEB) or the Commandant’s Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board (CPIB) can participate in Marine Corps PME seminar programs for captains and majors. The Marine Corps' College of Distance Education and Training (CDET) designs, develops, and delivers both of the Marine Corps' officer distance education programs (DEP): the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWSDEP) and the Command & Staff College (CSCDEP). Interested officers may contact the CDET MCAS Miramar Campus at or call 858-307-1373.

NPS JPME Requirement. Resident DON students shall have the opportunity to participate in the strategy and naval warfare focused courses embedded within their respective curricula, as well as in Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) offered through the Naval War College program at NPS. JPME provides courses in strategy and war, theater security decision making, and joint maritime operations. Curriculum sponsors and community managers shall determine the requirement for JPME for DON students at NPS.

Naval War College C & S option. Marine Corps officers attending NPS may enroll in the Naval War College Command and Staff program in lieu of the Marine Corps Command and Staff DEP. The Naval War College courses needed to complete the Navy C & S requirement while at NPS are: NW3230 (Strategy and War - one quarter), NW3275 and NW3276 (Joint Maritime Operations - two consecutive quarters), and NW3285 (Theater Security Decision Making - one quarter).

Air Force Intermediate Development Education (IDE) at NPS

Air Force officers selected for IDE programs at the NPS are managed by the Air Force Institute of Technology, Civilian Institution Programs (AFIT/CI) office at Wright-Patterson AFB OH. Selected officers complete a master's degree program at NPS in a field of study appropriate to their careers.