Dr Kalev (Gunner) SeppDefense Analysis Department Chair
Dr. Kalev Sepp

Dr. Kalev I. Sepp is presently Chair of the Defense Analysis Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Counterterrorism (2007-9).  Earlier, he was an analyst and strategist in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an expert member of the Baker-Hamilton Bipartisan Commission on Iraq, a.k.a. the Iraq Study Group.  A former U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret) officer, he earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University, and his Combat Infantryman Badge in the Salvadoran Civil War.  Dr. Sepp also graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College with a Master's degree in Military Art and Science, and taught military and world history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  While assigned in Iraq, Dr. Sepp wrote "Best Practices in Counterinsurgency," later published in Military Review, and reprinted in Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese.  He is co-author of Weapon of Choice: U.S. Army Special Operations in Afghanistan, and wrote the chapters "NATO Special Forces in Future Operations" and "Assessing Counterinsurgency" (with Maj. Gen. William Hix) in recently published books, along with other articles, essays, reviews and studies.  Dr. Sepp was named one of "The Ten Most Influential Counterinsurgency Thinkers" in the United States by Foreign Policy magazine (2009).  He has appeared on PBS Newshour, CNN, CNNi, BBC, Fox Business News, MSNBC, CBS, C-Span, NPR, and various national news programs.  His sons – a Marine and an Army paratrooper – both served in Iraq.



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John Arquilla

Distinguished Professor

Leo Blanken

Associate Professor

Douglas A. Borer

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

Research Interests

Strategy; Political Legitimacy; Irregular Warfare

Robert Burks

Assistant Professor (2017)
Air Force Institute of Technology, 2006

Daniel Cunningham

Lecturer (2010)
M.S., Middlebury Institute of International Studies, 2009
ABD, Naval Postgraduate School

Research Interests

Information Science; Visual Analytics; Social Networks Analysis

Dr. Zachary S. Davis

Research Professor
PhD, International Relations, University of Virginia, 1989

Research Interests

Examining the security implications of emerging technologies and WMD-E

Dorothy Denning

Emeritus Distinguished Professor (2002)
Ph.D, Purdue University

Research Interests

Conflict in Cyberspace; Cyber Security; Trust, Influence and Networks


Jennifer J. Duncan

Program and Research Manager (1992)
M.S., City University of New York, 1985

Sean Everton

Professor (2018)
Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Interests

Social Network Analysis; Political Sociology; Social Movements; Sociology of Religion

Michael Freeman

Associate Professor (2005)
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Research Interests

Terrorism; Counterterrorism; Foreign Policy; Political Theory

Scott Gartner

Visiting Professor (2015)

Frank Giordano


Brian Greenshields

Senior Lecturer (2009)
M.A., Naval Postgraduate School

Research Interests

Air power, strategy, irregular warfare

Ryan Maness

Assistant Professor (2017)
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Interests

Cyber Conflict and Strategy, International Relations, Quantitative Methods

Gordon H. McCormick

Professor (1992)
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1986

Research Interests

Terrorism; Sub-State Conflict; Irregular Warfare; Formal Modeling

Siamak Naficy

Senior Lecturer (2013)
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2010

Research Interests

Anthropology of Conflict; War & Society; Moral/Sacred Values; Media & War; Cognitive Science

Robert O'Connell

Visiting Professor (2004)
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1976

Wayne Porter

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

Nancy C. Roberts

Professor Emeritus (1986)
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1983

Research Interests

Complex Networks; Problem Solving; Social Network Analysis; Strategic Management; Organization Theory; "Wicked Problems"; Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Glenn Robinson

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

Research Interests

Political Violence; Islamic Fundamentalism; Political Economy; Middle East

Anna Simons


Barry Strauss

Visiting Distinguished Professor

Bradley J. Strawser

Associate Professor (2012)
Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2012

Research Interests

Philosophy and military ethics

Kristen Tsolis

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

Research Interests

Geospatial Analysis; Computer Security

Tristan Volpe

Assistant Professor (2017)
Ph.D., George Washington

Research Interests

Nuclear Proliferation and Counter-Proliferation, Politics of Emerging Technology, Regional Security Strategy

Camber Warren

Associate Professor

Matt Zefferman

Assistant Professor (2019)
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2013

Research Interests

Cooperation and conflict, cultural evolution, institutions for warfare