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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..

Cyber Attack: Stuxnet Worm

During the past week there was been much speculation about a cyber attack in the form of the Stuxnet worm. It is remarkable for a number of reasons. It is the first known worm to target exclusively industrial control systems that are used in factories,...

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On Foreign Military Sales

The Obama administration is expected to request Congressional approval for the sale of $60 billion of military aircraft to Saudi Arabia. Stephen Kurczy writing in the Christian Science Monitor reports that the largest weapon sale in history is unlikely to invoke much criticism given U.S....

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The Cyber Challenge

US Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn offers a sketch of defense thinking about cyber issues in the current issue of Foreign Affairs. The article has generated much buzz because of reference to a 2008 compromise of classified military networks that began with malicious...

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