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Derek S. Reveron is the Chair of the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval War College and a Lecturer in Extension and Faculty Affiliate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. He specializes in strategy development, non-state security challenges, and U.S. defense policy. He has authored or edited eleven books. The latest are Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the US Military (Georgetown University Press, 2016), China and Cybersecurity (co-edited by Oxford University Press, 2015), and US Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy (co-authored by Georgetown University Press, 2015).
In 2015, Governor Raimondo appointed him to the first-ever Rhode Island State Commission on Cybersecurity. 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 with the Joint Staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. He has commanded units in support of U.S. Southern Command and Naval Forces Central Command.
Before joining the Naval War College faculty in 2004, 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 graduated from the College of Naval Command and Staff through the College of Distance Education Fleet Seminar Program and completed the Maritime Staff Operators Course at the Naval War College. He received an MA in political science and a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago.