Michael P. O'Hara, CDR
Permanent Military Professor
Strategy and Policy
Commander Michael O’Hara, U.S. Navy is a Permanent Military Professor in the Department of Strategy and Policy. He is a Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University in Political Science (International Relations and Comparative Politics). He is a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the 2010 honor graduate of the Naval War College (highest distinction). He also holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Rhode Island. His operational experience includes carrier-jet aviation (S-3B Viking NFO) and naval intelligence with flying and staff deployments in three aircraft carriers and in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is currently writing a dissertation examining five decades of Freedom of Navigation operations. His research interests include coercion, the use of militaries for diplomatic signaling, and decisionmaking.
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