Joint Military Operations
Professor Ivan Luke is a faculty member in the Joint Military Operations Department and teaches in both of the department’s resident core courses. Professor Luke also teaches an elective course in Maritime Homeland Security and Defense. In addition, he coordinates and teaches in the department’s two-week course for reserve officers, offered annually. His research interests include maritime history, maritime security, homeland security, and the military’s role in domestic incident response.
Professor Luke’s interest in maritime topics springs from his time in the U.S. Coast Guard where he served for more than twenty-nine years, retiring as a Captain in 2003. While in the service, he was a seagoing officer, serving at sea for more than fourteen years, including seven years in command. Much of his experience while in uniform was in the law enforcement field, including significant time conducting counter-narcotics and migrant-interdiction operations in the Caribbean. His most memorable assignment, however, was his four years in command of the Coast Guard’s sail training ship, USCGC EAGLE.
Professor Luke graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He earned Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 1998, and most recently a PhD in Humanities from Salve Regina University in 2012. His interdisciplinary dissertation had a dual focus in maritime history and philosophy. Professor Luke holds a merchant mariner’s license in the grade of Unlimited Ocean Master, Steam, Motor or Sail.
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