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Winford Gerald Ellis

Professor of the Practice
Undersea Warfare Academic Group
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Phone: (831) 656-2488


Naval Academy Grad-1964; spent 36 years active duty as a Nuclear Submariner retiring as a Rear Admiral; commanded two Nuclear Subs, commanded a Submarine Squadron of 10 Nuclear Attack Subs, commanded Submarine Group Ten which included all Nuclear Missile Submarines in the Atlantic, commanded all U.S. Submarines in the Pacific (COMSUBPAC 1996-1998), served as Oceanographer of the Navy. After retiring from active duty, became a member of the Navy's Senior Executive Service (SES-5) and served as director of a highly classified program for 8 years followed by serving as the Undersea Warfare Advisor for the Secretary of the Navy for two years, then came to NPS to be the Chair for Undersea Warfare (2009 to present).
  • BS - United States Naval Academy 1964
    Major: Nuclear Engineering and Science
    Dissertation Title: Not Required
NPS Experience
  • 2009 - current: AD - 7
Other Experience
  • U.S. Navy
  • 2002 CIA
  • 2002 Syracuse University
  • 2000 Brookings Institute
  • 1994 Maxwell AFB
  • 1991 National Defense University
  • 1983 Naval War College
Research Interests
Serves as the Director of the Undersea Warfare Research Center. Major efforts are being made to bring research projects from the Navy, other government agencies, industry, laboratories, and other academic institutions to NPS
Teaching Interests
Undersea Warfare - Teaches the course UW 2002 concerning Undersea Warfare - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - concentrating on the history of Submarine Warfare, Sub-Sea Warfare, and Anti-Submarine Warfare emphasizing how the warfare has changed over the years and where we are today in the Navy and what the challenges are.


  • Numerous Campaign and Unit Awards
  • 2009 - Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, Secretary of the Navy
  • 2009 - Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, Department of the Navy
  • 2007 - National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Director of National Intelligence
  • 1992 - Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Dept of Energy
  • 1985 - Legion of Merit(5 awards), CINCLANTFLT, COMSUBLANT(2), CNO(2)
  • 1981 - Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), COMSUBLANT(2 awards), NMPC
  • 1976 - Navy Achievement Medal, USS Billfish (SSN 676)
  • 1970 - Navy Commendation Medal, USS Snook (SSN -592)

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • 2009 Member, National Defense Industrial Association
  • 2009 Member, Navy Submarine League, Chairman's Advisory Council
  • 2007 Member, Georgia Tech Research Institute, External Advisory Council
  • 2000 - 2007 Board Member 7 years, Vice Chairman 2 years, Chairman 2 years, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Board of Trustees
  • 1991 National Director/Life Member, Navy League of the United States
  • 1972 Charter Member/Life Member/Board of Directors/Advisory Council, Navy Submarine League
  • 1964 Life Member, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association