Robert (''Barney'') C. Rubel
Center for Naval Warfare Studies
Professor Rubel, a retired Navy captain, is currently Dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies. Prior to assuming this position, he was Chairman of the Wargaming Department of the Naval War College. In 2006 – 2007 he directed the Naval War College’s research and gaming project that led to the current national maritime strategy “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower” for which he received the Superior Civilian Service Award.
A thirty-year Navy veteran, he received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Illinois. He subsequently became a light attack naval aviator, flying the A-7 Corsair II and later the F/A-18 Hornet. He commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 131 and also served as the Inspector General at U.S. Southern Command.
Professor Rubel’s shore assignments were principally involved with professional military education. He is a graduate of the Spanish Naval War College in Madrid and the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI. He completed three separate faculty tours at the U.S. Naval War College as a joint military operations instructor and ultimately as the Deputy Dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies. During these tours he served as the William F. Halsey Chair of Air Strike Warfare and later the Colin Powell Chair of Joint Warfare. He gained extensive experience with service and joint education policy through his participation as an accreditation team member on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Process for the Accreditation of Joint Education (PAJE) Team. He also served as the special assistant for joint education to the Dean of Academics. After retiring from the Navy, he became director of the Research and Analysis Division within the Naval War College’s Wargaming Department, and in 2004 became Chairman of the Department. In addition, he has been a visiting lecturer at a number of international professional military education institutions, including the German Armed Forces Staff College, the Mexican Naval War College, the British Joint Services Staff College and the Colombian Senior War College.
Professor Rubel has earned master’s degrees from Salve Regina University and the Naval War College. He has published a number of articles on a variety of subjects including security engagement strategy, joint operational art, advanced wargaming and air warfare.
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