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NWC Subcommittee Members

The Naval War College Board of Advisors 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 Board, comprised of senior defense, intelligence, academia, and strategists reports to the Overarching Board.


Non-Federal Membership

The non-federal membership composition of the Board of Advisors 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.

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. Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr. Dr. Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr. is a Professor of International Security Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University in Medford, MA.  Dr. Pfaltzgraff has also held a visiting appointment as George C. Marshall Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, and as Professor at the National Defense College in Tokyo, Japan.  He has served as Honorary Professor, University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and has advised key U.S. government officials on military strategy, defense modernization, the future of Atlantic Alliance, proliferation and counter-proliferation issues, and arms control policy.  Dr. Pfaltzgraff is also the founder and President of the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis—an independent, nonpartisan organization whose major purposes are to conduct research, produce and publish studies in the form of reports, briefings, point papers, policy recommendations, monograph, and books.  Dr. Pfaltzgraff has earned his Ph.D. in Political Science and an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has an MBA in International Business from The Wharton School.

Ambassador (Ret) Nancy Soderberg Ambassador Nancy Soderberg is President and CEO of Soderberg Global Solutions and the Director of the Public Service Leadership Program at the University of N. Florida in Jacksonville, FL.  She has served in the White House as Deputy National Security Advisor, as an Ambassador at the United Nations, as an advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and on four presidential campaigns.  She was appointed by President Obama as Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board 2011-14.  She previously served as President of Connect U.S. Fund, as Vice President of the International Crisis Group, and on the Board of the Jacksonville Port Authority.  She publishes and speaks regularly on national security policy and is the author of two books on American foreign policy.

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. Robert Burke

Vice Adm. Robert Burke grew up in Portage, Michigan, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Western Michigan University and the University of Central Florida. He assumed duties as the Navy’s 58th chief of naval personnel, May 27, 2016. 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 manages an annual operating budget of $29 billion and leads more than 26,000 employees engaged in the recruiting, personnel management, training and development of Navy personnel. His responsibilities include overseeing Navy Recruiting Command, Navy Personnel Command and Naval Education and Training Command.