William Lawler, CAPT
Deputy Director, Operational Level Programs
College of Operational and Strategic Leadership
Captain Bill Lawler is a member of the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership Faculty supporting the combat readiness of the Navy's Numbered Fleets. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Marquette University and was commissioned in 1985. He also has a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
A career naval aviator he served in numerous squadrons including operational command of an EA-6B squadron, and participation in the opening stages of OIF with VAQ 130 embarked on USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75). His joint tour was as a military assistant in the Office of Secretary of Defense's Operational Test and Evaluation. During a previous tour at the Naval War College, he helped the Navy reinvigorate operational level command and control across the numbered fleet staffs. His most recent assignment was as Chief of Staff to Commander Expeditionary Strike Group FIVE during operations in both the U.S. Central and Africa Commands’ AORs, including support of Operation ODYSSEY DAWN (Libya).
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