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  LCDR Ian Nesbitt

   Military Professor
   War Gaming

        Phone: (401) 841-3225

(401) 841-6960



Lieutenant Commander Nesbitt serves as a Game Director at the U.S. Naval War College, War Gaming Department in Newport, Rhode Island which is tasked to study a wide range of operational and strategic war fighting issues.

At sea, Nesbitt has served on a Destroyer, a Cruiser and a Carrier Strike Group Staff. Assigned to USS Hopper (DDG 70) as Strike Officer, Nesbitt served during her Arabian Gulf maiden deployment and led her Tomahawk Team as Engagement Control Officer during Operation DESERT FOX in 1998. While assigned to Hopper, he was a 1999 winner of the Hawaii Navy League's annual leadership award. Selected as an Early Roller, he graduated from Department Head School with distinction and was frocked to Lieutenant. Detailed to USS San Jacinto (CG 56) Nesbitt served as Weapons Officer then Combat Systems Officer. Twice deployed in San Jacinto, he served as a Tomahawk Tactical Action Officer during the opening salvos of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as well being the Special Evolution Officer of the Deck for nearly a year. While onboard San Jacinto, Nesbitt was awarded the 2003 Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic's Junior Officer Award for Excellence in Tactics. From 2005-2006, Nesbitt served as the Flag Secretary for Commander, Carrier Strike Group NINE on board Abraham Lincoln where he deployed to the Western Pacific in support of Theater Cooperation and Security and participated in exercises RIMPAC and FOAL EAGLE.

From June 2008 to February 2009, he deployed to Iraq and served with the 555th and 20th Engineering Brigades (U.S. Army) as their Brigade Electronic Warfare Officer as part of Joint Composite CREW Squadron ONE (JCCS-1), a Navy and Air Force unit supporting Army Electronic Warfare.

Ashore, Nesbitt received his Masters of Arts in National Security Affairs (Middle Eastern Studies) from the Naval Post Graduate School (NPS) in Monterrey, California.  His thesis: "The Instrument-Element Model" provided a framework to analyze and plan war at the grand strategic level and describes why the ethical use of force is so important. While attending NPS, he was selected to present a paper to the University of Calgary's 2005 War and Security academic conference. Between 2008 and 2009, Nesbitt was assigned to the Chief of Naval Operation's staff as the Missile Defense Policy Officer for the Assistant Deputy for Policy and Strategy (OPNAV N5), during the Navy's critical decision to fully field the maritime Ballistic Missile Defense capability. From 2009-2011 Nesbitt served as the Air and Missile Defense cell lead at the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) where he taught shipboard tactics.  After SWOS he reported to the CNO Strategic Studies Group, an operational research and concept generation center tasked to develop revolutionary war fighting concepts.

Nesbitt graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelors of Science (Physics) in 1997. He has been personally decorated with the Bronze Star, six Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy Achievement Medals. Teams he's been a part of have been recognized with the Navy Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Unit Commendation (with the Operational Distinguishing Device), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (twice) and the Battle Efficiency E.