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Directors of War Gaming

In 1886 Lt William McCarty Little first introduced war gaming to the Naval War College. He remained the major factor in War College gaming until 1915. After a break from 1917 to 1919, war gaming resumed uninterrupted to this day.
                       

1886 1915
Lt (Captain) William McCarty Little

1916
Captain W.B. Fletcher

1919
RADM A.H. Robertson (Tactical 1st course)
Captain L. McNamee (Tactics)
Captain Phelps (Strategy)

1920
Captain L. McNamee (Tactics)
Captain Phelps (Strategy)

1921
Captain J.R. Pringle (Tactics)
Captain M.M. Taylor (Strategy)

1922
Captain D.W. Blamer (Tactics)
Captain R.R. Belknap (Strategy)

1923
Captain H. Laning (Tactics)
Captain R.R. Belknap (Strategy)

1924
Captain H. Laning (Tactics)
Captain J.K. Taussig (Strategy)

1925
Captain J.M. Reeves (Tactics)
Captain J.K. Taussig (Strategy)

1926
Captain J.K. Taussig (Operations)

1927
Captain J.W. Greenslade (Operations/Movement)
Captain B.B. Wygant (Operations/Communications & Training)

1928
Captain J.W. Greenslade (Operations/Movement)
Captain W.N. Vernon (Operations/Communication & Training) 

1929 1930
Captain S.W. Bryant (Department of Operations)

1931 1933
Mr S.C. Rowan (Department of Operations)

1934
Captain R.B. Coffey (Department of Operations)

1935
Captain R.A. Dawes (Education Department)
Captain G.B. Wright (Senior Strategy)
Captain R.C. Macfall (Senior Tactics)

1936
Captain R.A. Dawes (Education Department)
Captain R.A. Theobald (Senior Strategy)
Captain M.F. Draemel (Senior Tactics)

1937
Captain J.W. Wilcox, Jr. (Education Department)
Captain R.A. Theobald (Senior Strategy)
Captain R.A. Spruance (Senior Tactics)

1938
Captain R.A. Spruance (Education Department)
Captain R.K. Turner (Senior Strategy)
Captain E.F. Cutts (Senior Tactics)

1939
Captain G.H. Bowdey (Education Department)
Captain E.F. Cutts (Senior Strategy)
Captain A.H. Dresel (Senior Tactics)

1940
Captain H.H. Mc Kitterick ( Head, Department of Operations)
Captain J.H. Hall, Jr. (Senior Strategy)
Captain H. Gibson ( Senior Tactics)

1941
Captain H.H. McKitterick (Head, Department of Operations (to June))
Captain H. Crosby (Head, Department of Operations (June to Dec))
Captain P.L. Carrol (Head, Department of Operations (after Dec))
Captain P.L. Carrol (Senior Strategy (to Dec))
Captain E.L. Woodside (Senior Strategy (after Dec))
Captain H. Gibson (Senior Strategy)
Captain L.T. DuBose (Senior Tactics (after Dec))

1942
Captain E.L. Woodside (Department of Strategy (to Dec))
Captain R.H. Cruzer (Department of Strategy (after Dec))
Captain J.J. Brown (Senior Tactics (after Dec)) 

1943
Captain R.H. Cruzer (Department of Strategy (to Jun))
Captain R.W. Bates (Department of Strategy (to Dec))
Captain S. Umsted (Department of Strategy (after Dec))
Captain J.J. Brown (Department of Tactics)

1944
Captain S. Umsted (Department of Strategy)
Captain J.J. Brown (Department of Tactics)

1945
Captain S. Umsted (Department of Strategy)
Captain J.J. Brown (Department of Tactics (to Jun))

1946
Captain S. Umsted (Department of Strategy)
Captain I.R. Chambers ( Department of Tactics (to Jun))
Captain C.M. Sullivan (Department of Tactics (after Jun)) 

1947
Captain S. Umsted (Department of Strategy)
Captain J.H. Sweeney (Department of Tactics)

1948
Captain R.E. Dees (Department of Strategy & Tactics)
Captain H.E. Eccles (Department of Strategy & Logistics)
 

1949 1950
Captain B. Anderson (Department of Strategy & Tactics)
Captain H.E. Eccles (Department of Strategy & Logistics)


1951
Captain F.N. Kivette (Department of Strategy & Tactics)
Captain E.T. Schreiber (Department of Strategy & Logistics)


1952
Colonel J.P. Berkeley (Department of Strategy & Tactics)
Captain J.M Sweeney (Department of Strategy & Logistics)

1953
Captain C.H. Lyman (Department of Strategy & Tactics)
Captain O. Pederson ( Department of Strategy & Logistics)


1954
Captain J.H. Mills (Department of Strategy & Tactics)
Captain G.A. Uehling (Department of Strategy & Logistics)


1955
Captain F.B. Miller (Department of Strategy & Tactics)
Captain G.A. Uehling (Department of Strategy & Logistics)


1956
Captain T.W. Hogan (Department of Strategy & Tactics)
Captain K.E. Jung (Department of Strategy & Logistics)


1957
Captain H. Payson, Jr. (Department of Strategy & Tactics)
Captain J. Roudebush (Department of Strategy & Logistics)


1958
Captain R.P. Beebe (Department of Strategy & Tactics)
Captain M.F. Bowman (Department of Strategy & Logistics)


1959
Commander C.C. Sapp (Naval Electronic Warfare Simulator Section)


1960
1961
Captain C.T. Fritter (War Gaming Department)

1962 1964
Captain C.W. Swanson (War Gaming Department)

1965
Captain H.F. Fischer, Jr. (War Gaming Department (to Oct))
Captain R.S. Guy (War Gaming Department (after Oct))

1966
Captain H.F. Fischer (War Gaming Department)

1967 August 1969
Captain E.A. Smiley (War Gaming Department)

1969 August – 1971 April
Captain C.H. Smith (War Gaming Department)

1971 April – 1973 July
Captain F.N. Quinn (War Gaming Department) 

1973 July – 1975 April
Captain D. Henderson (War Gaming Department)

1975 April – 1975 October
Captain F.R. Bartlett (War Gaming Department)

1975 October – 1981 April
Captain H.A. Cherrier (War Gaming Department)

1981 April – 1983 June
Captain R.C. Kemper (War Gaming Department)

1983 June – 1986 April
Captain M.B. Brisbois (War Gaming Department)

1986 April – 1988 June
Captain J.S. Hurlburt (War Gaming Department)

1988 April – 1992 June
Captain J.H. Heidt (War Gaming Department)

1992 June 1994
Captain S.M. Buescher (War Gaming Department)

1994
1995
Captain J.I. Dow (War Gaming Department)

1995 – 1997 June
Captain T.J. Pudas (War Gaming Department)

1997 June – 1998 June
Captain F.G. Orchard (War Gaming Department)

1998 June – 2000 May
Captain W.O. Cooke (War Gaming Department)

2000 June – 2001 June
Captain George Kindel (Acting Director, War Gaming Department)

2001 July – 2004 October
Dr Kenneth Watman (Chairman, War Gaming Department) 

2004 October – 2006 August
Prof Barney Rubel (Chairman, War Gaming Department)

2006 August – 2007 December
CAPT Mark Seaman (Acting Chairman, War Gaming Department)

2008 January – Present 
Prof Dave DellaVolpe (Chairman, War Gaming Department)