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Derek Reveron

Dr. Reveron is a professor of national security affairs and the EMC Informationist Chair at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He specializes in strategy development, non-state security challenges, intelligence, and U.S. defense policy. He has authored or edited seven books. The latest are Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the U.S. Military (Georgetown University Press, 2010) and Human Security in a Borderless World (Westview Press, 2011). Dr. Reveron has lectured on strategy and international security in more than twenty countries, primarily in South America and East and Southern Africa. As a serving officer in the Navy Reserves, he has served on the Joint Staff J2 as a desk officer in the Pentagon's National Military Command Center, served as second-in-command of a unit supporting special operations, and worked as a political-military analyst for NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Belgium.


Dr. Reveron serves as a senior editorial board member for the National Intelligence Journal, an editorial board member of the Naval War College Review, and is a contributing editor to the New Atlanticist, the blog for the Atlantic Council of the United States. A frequent commentator on international security issues, CBS, AP, Bloomberg, NPR, and other regional and national media outlets have interviewed him.


Before joining the Naval War College faculty, Dr. Reveron taught political science at the U.S. Naval Academy. During graduate school, he formulated, implemented and evaluated democracy promotion programs for the NGO Heartland International. He received a diploma from the Naval War College, an MA in political science and a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago..

Petraeus Demotion? Hardly

General David Petraeus has been confirmed as the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan and his acceptance as the new NATO ISAF commander should quickly follow. In this role, he will report both to NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Admiral Jim Stavridis and Central Command's new leader...

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Triumph for Civil-Military Relations?

Relieving General Stanley McChrystal could not have been an easy decision for President Obama. In this speech, he emphasized McChrystal's patriotism and accomplishments and thanked him for decades of service to the United States. However, he was relieved for poor judgment and not competence....

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Civ-Mil Crisis

As we wait for President Obama's decision on how to deal with General McChrystal's civ-mil gaffe, James Joyner at the Atlantic Council has a good summary caused by the Rolling Stone profile of McChrystal. He concludes: "'Thirteen months ago, when General David McKiernan was fired...

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