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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.


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.


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.