Alan J. Neff

Alan J. Neff

Asst. Director for Technology & Innovation
Associate Professor
College of Distance Education | NSA
(401) 841-6439
(401) 841-2457


Professor Alan J. Neff is the Assistant Director for Technology & Innovation in the College of Distance Education. The T&I Division exercises technical oversight of the College's course management and student information systems and facilitates the development and delivery of curricula to our learners and faculty in distance programs. His teaching responsibilities are with the National Security Affairs Division and in teaching an online elective in Southeast Asia Security and co-teaching an elective on that topic in the resident program.

Professor Neff's 28 years of active duty as a Marine helicopter pilot included assignments in Hawaii, North Carolina, Okinawa, Japan; California; Quantico, Virginia; and at sea. His collateral and temporary duties included Operational Test Director, Marine One Advance Officer, and as a staff officer with 3d Marine Division, 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Marine Forces Southwest Asia, and Coalition Forces Support Team, Marine Forces Somalia. He served as executive officer of Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1, Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 302, and Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465, and commanded Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico, Virginia from July 1997 to July 1999.

Professor Neff joined the NWC faculty as a military professor in 2000. He retired from the Marine Corps and accepted a civilian appointment in 2004. He holds a BA in International Studies from The Ohio State University, an MBA from Webster University, and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from NWC.

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