Dr. Heath Brightman

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B.S. in recreation and resource management, University of Massachusetts Amherst
MCJ in criminal justice administration, Boston University
M.A. in holistic leadership, Salve Regina University
M.A. in holistic counseling, Salve Regina University
Ed.D. in educational administration and leadership, Seton Hall University

Professional Experience:

In my full-time civilian capacity, I am the director of the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program and a professor in the College of Maritime Operational Warfare at the U.S. Naval War College. I also serve as the distinguished EMC Informationist Chair, an eight-year endowed appointment. From 2008-2016, I served as an associate professor, professor and director of applied research and analysis in the War Gaming Department of the War College. From 2000-2008, I served as a tenured associate professor and chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Saint Peter’s University. I also spent 10 years prior in federal law enforcement (1990-2000) with the U.S. Department of the Interior (National Park Service) and U.S. Secret Service (Newark, New Jersey field office).

As a fully-qualified cryptologic warfare officer, in my Navy Reserve career, I serve as commanding officer of the Navy Reserve, Tenth Fleet, Cryptologic Warfare Group Six (Fort Dix, New Jersey). I previously served as commanding officer of the Navy Reserve, Tenth Fleet, Cryptologic Warfare Group Six (Fort Devens, Massachusetts); as executive officer of the Navy Information Operations Command – Texas (Minneapolis Unit); and as a future operations planner (theater nuclear operations) and the Unit J7 (training officer) at Navy Reserve, U.S. European Command J3 Operations located at Fort Dix. I also served twice as commanding officer of Navy Reserve Security Force units located at Weapons Station Earle (Colts Neck, New Jersey) and Submarine Base New London (Groton, Connecticut).