The Indian Ocean Studies Group studies the Indian Ocean as a whole, with a maritime focus that crosses U.S. government organizational and traditional land-centric geographic seams.
The goal of the Indian Ocean Studies Group is to closely examine issues and areas that may be relatively understudied, and bring a uniquely maritime point of view to the region to provide valuable insights to policy makers and analysts in accordance with the educational mission of the Naval War College.
The Indian Ocean Studies Group (IOSG) serves as the Naval War College’s principal forum for addressing the full range of Indian Ocean strategy and policy issues. The IOSG sponsors a broad range of activities, including group meetings, a vibrant visiting speakers’ program, as well as workshops and conferences. Finally, The IOSG coordinates the dissemination of current research and publication of final research results to inform the Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense and the broader U.S. Government community of interest, especially in the realms of strategy, policy and planning.
Professor Sexton began teaching for the College of Distance Education after her military career and her final military assignment as a military professor. She teaches the Theater Security Decision Making Web-Enabled Course online and develops new Competency-Based Influenced curriculum. She manages the actions of ten web adjunct professors, including the scheduling and execution of their contracts and their professional development through a faculty website. In addition, she teaches Leadership Concepts sub-course to the Fleet Seminar Program students. Professor Sexton also teaches modules in the CDROM-Based Course. Finally, she adapts curriculum for CDE students.
Professor Charbonneau is a professor of National Security Affairs (NSA) currently teaching Policy Analysis in the College of Distance Education. He joined the NSA resident faculty in 2009 and taught Security Strategies, with a focus on Central Command, national security strategies and the Middle East. He retired from the United States Air Force in 2012. He supported the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq from 2012 to 2013 as the Raytheon Team Lead for PME and as a Senior Advisor to the Iraqi National Security Advisor’s Al Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies, working closely with OSC-I leadership, Iraqi senior leaders, UN Development Programme personnel, and the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.