Walter Berbrick

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Walter Berbrick is an Associate Professor in the War Gaming Department at the U.S. Naval War College. He is also the founding director of the Naval War College’s Arctic Studies Group (ASG) and curriculum. Under his leadership, the ASG serves as a focal point, stimulus, and major source of strategic and operational thought on U.S. Arctic policy and military strategy within the Navy, joint, and interagency communities – to include playing a major role in shaping the revised Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Sea Power and the Navy’s Arctic Roadmap 2014-2030. 

His research, writing, and contributions focus on national security, Russia, the Arctic, and maritime strategy. His most recent publications include, Strengthening US Arctic Policy through US-Russia Maritime Cooperation in the Handbook of the Politics of the Arctic (2015) and the classified Maritime Homeland Defense War Game Report (2015). He also co-authored the three-game series of Global War Game Reports (2012-2014), the Proliferation Security Initiative Game Report (2014), the Fleet Arctic Operations Game Report (2011), Global Maritime Partnerships Game Report (2010), Maritime Domain Awareness Operational Game Report (2010), and the Global Shipping Game Report (2010). He is currently working on an edited volume about international strategies of the Arctic Ocean region. In addition, Berbrick has written, lectured, and presented on a variety of issues related to wargaming, social science research methods, and counter terrorism. His work appears and is cited in a variety of scholarly articles, edited volumes,  government reports, and media outlets including the Associated Press, Washington Times, Newsweek, New York Daily News, the Huntington Post, and National Public Radio.

Previously, he served on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a military and counterterrorism analyst and taught undergraduate courses on terrorism and WMD at Saint Peter's University. Berbrick holds a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University, MA in international relations from Salve Regina University, MA in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, and BA in criminal justice from Saint Peter’s University.  A native of Miami, Florida and an intelligence officer in the US Navy Reserves, Berbrick is an adjunct professor and faculty fellow with the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University and a 2016 International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations.

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