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The Naval War College Subcommittee is a ten member federal advisory subcommittee providing guidance on matters pertaining to the NWC and its Navy’s Professional Military Education Continuum; Leadership Development & Professional Ethics Education Programs; and Combat Readiness Education.  The Subcommittee, comprised of senior defense, intelligence, academia, and strategists reports to the Education for Seapower Advisory Board.


Non-Federal Membership

The non-federal membership composition of the Subcommittee has been carefully selected to ensure balanced, independent perspectives representing several relevant communities, including Academia, the Armed Forces, National Security, International Relations, and Operational Research.


Dr. David S.C. Chu David S.C. Chu, Ph.D. is President and CEO for the Institute for Defense Analyses, directing over 1,000 scientists and technologist conducting and supporting research requests by federal agencies involved in advancing national security and advising on science and technology issues. Dr. Chu is the former Undersecretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) and earlier as Assistant Secretary of Defense and Director for Program Analysis and Evaluation. He also served as Assistant Director of the Congressional Budget Office for National Security and International Affairs. Dr. Chu is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran discharged as Captain in 1970. He earned a BA in economics and mathematics, and his doctorate in economics from Yale University.

Dr. Craig E. College Dr. Craig E. College is Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at CALIBRE in Alexandria, VA and is responsible for industry analysis and preparing strategies for corporate capabilities, client development, internal tools and processes, and cost management across the company. He serves as subject matter expert in several functional areas including organizational redesign, strategic planning, and installation policy. He has served in the positions of Senior VP, Strategy Development; and Division VP of both Performance & Cost Management and Energy, Environment, & Infrastructure. Dr. College was formerly employed by the Department of the Army where he served as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management responsible for 450-member and $120 million annual budget headquarters organization. Dr. College served for 13 years in the U.S. Army and received a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

Honorable Christopher Jehn Honorable Christopher Jehn is an Independent Consultant specializing in the fields of corporate management; military affairs; strategic human resources management; and federal government relations.   He served previously as the Vice President of government programs for Cray, Inc. and was the Assistant Director for National Security of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office.  During the Bush Administration, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management and Personnel responsible for policy and oversight of the recruiting, training, compensation, support, and management of the then more than three million military and civilian personnel in the Department.   Prior to this appointment, he was Vice President and Director of the Marine Corps Operations Analysis Group at the Center for Naval Analyses.  Honorable Christopher Jehn was educated at Beloit College and the University of Chicago and was a National Merit Scholar.  He was a University Fellow at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Joseph J. McCarthy Dr. Joseph J. McCarthy is an Independent Consultant providing services to institutions and individuals on education both domestically and internationally. Dr. McCarthy held several positions in his 26+ year career at Harvard University, including Assistant Dean for Academic Planning and Executive Assistant to the Dean (Chief of Staff). He recently retired as the Senior Associate Dean and Director of Degree Programs at the Kennedy School. Dr. McCarthy earned his Ed.D. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy; C.A.S. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy both from Harvard University and M.A. and B.A. in English Language and Literature from Boston College.

Lt Gen (Ret) Willie J. Williams Lt Gen (Ret) Willie J. Williams is an Independent Consultant providing expert advice on supply and logistics management; strategic planning; strategic warehousing; and inventory management. General Williams retired from the United States Marine Corps after over thirty-nine years of service in leading and managing diverse organizations in areas of financial management, world-wide transportation and distribution of goods and services. Assignments included Director, Marine Corps Staff; Commanding General, Marine Corps Logistics Command; Assistant Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Facilities; Commanding General Third Force Service Support Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force Okinawa, Japan. General Williams earned an MA in Strategic Resource Management from Industrial College of Armed Forces; an MBA in Human Resource Management from National University; and a BA in Business Admin (cum laude) from Stillman College.


Federal Membership

There is one Federal member of the Naval War College Board of Advisors Subcommittee.  This is the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) (N1).


Vice Adm. John Nowell, USN

Vice Adm. John Nowell, USN assumed duties as the Navy’s 59th Chief of Naval Personnel May 24, 2019.  Serving concurrently as the deputy chief of naval operations (manpower, personnel, training and education) (N1), he is responsible for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training and education resources for the U.S. Navy.  He leads more than 26,000 dedicated professionals engaged in the recruiting, talent management, training and development of Navy personnel. is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering and holds a Master of Science in Weapons Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.  His operational tours have spanned the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets to include forward deployed naval forces in Europe and the Western Pacific. His staff assignments included tours on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Surface Warfare Directorate (N86), and executive assistant to the Director of Theater Air Warfare (N865); chief of the Theater Air and Missile Defense Branch (J-38); head of the Washington Placement Branch (PERS-441), executive assistant to the Commander, Navy Personnel Command/Naval Personnel Development Command, and director, Surface Warfare Distribution Division (PERS-41).  Nowell also served as director of the Navy Senate Liaison Office in Washington D.C.  As a flag officer, Nowell has served as chief of staff and director, Strategy, Resources, and Plans (N5/8) on the staff of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy; Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet/Expeditionary Strike Group Seven/Task Force 76 in Okinawa, Japan, and most recently as director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy (OPNAV N13).