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David Polatty

David Polatty

Associate Professor
College of Operational and Strategic Leadership
(401) 841-3769


Professor Dave Polatty has served as a civilian faculty since 2008 and teaches the Maritime Staff Operators Course (MSOC) and Executive Level Operational Level of War Course (ELOC), lecturing on military strategy, joint/Navy concepts and doctrine,  the Navy's planning process, operational art and design, operational command and control, maritime security, humanitarian assistance/disaster response, noncombatant evacuation operations, operational assessment, and joint fires/targeting.  He also teaches an elective on corporate/enterprise strategic planning for the NWC in-residence programs. 

His research interests include:

  • Command and Control (C2)
  • Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response
  • Strategic and operational leadership
  • Maritime Security
  • Technology innovation 
Dave graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1992, earning a BS in History.  He graduated with highest distinction from the U.S. Naval War College in June 2006, earning a MA in National Security Strategic Studies and receiving the Navy League William S. Sims Award.  He is also a graduate of the U.S. Joint Forces Staff College’s Advanced Joint Professional Military Education program and numerous other interagency and U.S. military education programs.

He is a fourth generation Naval Officer and in addition to his civilian faculty position, serves as a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. While on active duty from 1992 to 2003, he served as both a Surface Warfare Officer onboard USS TARAWA (LHA-1) and Naval Flight Officer in the P-3 Orion community. 
Since 2003, Dave has served in a number of operational and strategic level staff assignments during his reserve career, including:
  • NR Naval Cooperation and Guidance of Shipping Detachment Bravo (Operations Officer)
  • U.S. Naval War College (Operational Support Officer and Executive Assistant to the President, NWC)
  • NR U.S. Forces Korea Detachment 102 (Executive Officer and Commanding Officer)
  • U.S. Fleet Forces Command (Director, N1 Global Force Management Requirements Validation)
  • NR U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet (Commanding Officer)
In December 2012 Dave was assigned as Commanding Officer of NR U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (SCC-WMD)/Standing Joint Force Headquarters - Elimination of WMD (SJFHQ-E). SCC-WMD, located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, synchronizes the efforts to combat WMD across the U.S. military's geographic combatant commands and leverages the people, programs, and interagency relationships of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) at the strategic level.  Dave's unit supports SCC-WMD's Chief of Staff, Global Synch Office, Plans and Operations Directorates, and the SJFHQ-E during routine and crisis operations.

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