James P. Butler is a retired Navy Captain with thirty years of extensive operational flying, and command experience. He commanded two aviation squadrons (HC-8 and HC-3) and a major shore command (the Naval Air Technical Training Center). Operational assignments include two pentagon tours, six flying tours, and two ship’s company tours (Second Division Officer onboard USS Kansas City during the Vietnam War and as Air Boss onboard USS Guadalcanal during Operations DESERT STORM and PROVIDE COMFORT). Captain Butler’s last active duty assignment was Dean of the Joint and Combined Warfighting School (teaching JPME Phase II) at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to returning to the Naval War College in November 2003, he served as the Northrop Grumman Reserve Component Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Project Manager, converting the Joint Forces Staff College, JPME Phase II core curriculum into a distance learning course for reserve officers. Professor Butler graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Analytical Management. He has a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Material Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, a M.S. degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota in Organization and Management (leadership).
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