Defense Analysis Department Chair
Douglas A. Borer, PhD

Douglas A. Borer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School. A native son on Montana, Dr. Borer received his B.A. in Psychology from Ripon College in 1985, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Montana in 1988, and his PhD in Political Science from Boston University in 1993. He has worked at a variety of academic postings, including the University of the South Pacific in Suva Fiji, the University of Western Australia in Perth, Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, the Universitii Kebangsaan in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, and the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. His scholarship focuses on the politics of legitimacy in times of war, with a regional focus on the Asia-Pacific. Over time, he has shifted from hunting bears to dragons. He is the author Superpowers Defeated: Vietnam and Afghanistan Compared (Frank Cass, 1999). He is co-editor with John Arquilla of Information Strategy and War: A Guide to Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2007); He is co-editor with Mark Berger of two books, The Long War-Insurgency, Counterinsurgency and Collapsing States (Routledge, 2008), and The Rise of East Asia: Critical Vision of the Pacific Century (Routledge, 1997). Borer has also authored or co-authored over 70 book chapters, professional articles, book reviews, and editorials. In 2007, he helped establish the Common Operational Research Environment (CORE) Lab at NPS and was named Acting Department Chair in 2020.



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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

Associate 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

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

Research Interests

Terrorism; Counterterrorism; Foreign Policy; Political Theory

Scott Gartner

Provost (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