Derek Reveron, PhD

Lecturer in Extension and Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval War College
Dr. Derek S. Reveron is chair of the National Security Affairs Department at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and is a faculty affiliate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. He specializes in strategy development, non-state security challenges, and US defense policy. He served as a governor-appointed commissioner on the Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission and is a member of the Board of Thinkers for the Boston Global Forum. He has authored or edited 13 books that include Human and National Security, the Oxford Handbook of U.S. National Security, and Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the US Military. As a serving officer in the Navy Reserves, he has served with the Joint Staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. He has commanded units in support of US Southern Command, Naval Forces Central Command, and US Pacific Command. Before joining the Naval War College faculty in 2004, Reveron taught political science at the US Naval Academy. During graduate school, he formulated, implemented and evaluated democracy promotion programs for the NGO Heartland International. He graduated from the College of Naval Command Staff through the College of Distance Education Fleet seminar program and completed the maritime staff operators course at the Naval War College. He received an MA in political science and a PhD in public policy analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


  • PhD University of Illinois at Chicago