A native of Toms River, New Jersey, CDR Sharif H. Calfee graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1996 with a B.S. in Computer Science. CDR Calfee currently serves as the U.S. Navy Federal Executive Fellow at the national security/defense policy think tank, Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments (CSBA).
Afloat, CDR Calfee served as the Commanding Officer in USS McCAMPBELL from July 2013 to December 2014 and Executive Officer from January 2012 to July 2013 during which the command executed numerous real world operational missions; conducted a nighttime rescue of five Filipino fishermen from a sinking boat in the South China Sea; participated in over fifteen maritime exercises with international partners/allies to include Japan, South Korea, India and Australia; and conducted high profile, diplomatic port visits to Chennai, India for the MALABAR Exercise and Ishinomaki, Japan to commemorate the third anniversary of the 2011 Great Northern Japan Earthquake & Tsunami. From February 2004 to October 2006, he served as Combat Systems Officer & Weapons Officer in USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52) during which the command earned three Battle “E” awards, the Golden “E” for five consecutive Battle “E” awards, Unit Tactics Award and Spokane Trophy. During his tour, BUNKER HILL conducted humanitarian relief operations in Indonesia in the aftermath of the tsunami; and during maritime operations, captured nearly three tons of illegal hashish valued at $50 million, then the largest drug seizure in COMFIFTHFLT history. He served in USS ELROD (FFG 55) from February 1997 to February 1999 as the Communications Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant. From May 1999 to December 2000, he was assigned to USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64) as the Fire Control Officer.
Ashore, CDR Calfee previously served as the Executive Assistant to the Commander, Naval Surface Forces from December 2014 to June 2017. He served from March 2009 to April 2011 as a Political-Military Action Officer for counterterrorism security assistance issues on The Joint Staff, J-5 Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate and is a Joint Qualified Officer. From January 2007 to February 2009, he served as the Surface Warfare Junior Officer Sea & Shore Assignments Coordinator at the Navy Personnel Command (PERS-41). He attended the Naval Postgraduate School, where he graduated with a M.S. in Computer Science in March 2003, receiving the George Philips Academic Excellence Award. In 2002, he completed the U.S. Naval War College Joint Professional Military Education program, graduating with distinction. He is a graduate of the Joint & Combined Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) and was selected as the Fall 2010 winner of the JFSC Transformation Writing Award. CDR Calfee has authored or coauthored five previous articles for publication in professional journals and magazines.
CDR Calfee has been selected for admission to the Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs for the 2018-19 Master in Public Policy program and will commence studies in the Summer of 2018. He has been selected for Major Command Afloat and for promotion to the rank of Captain.
Fellowship Research Interests: U.S. National Security/Defense Strategy, Pacific/South China Seas Naval Strategy, Future Navy/Fleet Design Architecture, Future Naval Capabilities/Warfare, Artificial Intelligence/Autonomous Systems Applications to Current & Future Naval Systems, Naval/Military Leadership, Fleet Readiness (Maintenance, Training, Manning).
B.S. in Computer Science
United States Naval Academy