Peter Haynes

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Dr. Peter Haynes is a Senior Fellow at CSBA specializing in grand strategy, maritime and naval strategy, the development of strategy and operational concepts, naval and air warfare, the future of conflict, special operations, and irregular warfare.

Prior to retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2016 as a captain, he served as the Deputy Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy (J5) at U.S. Special Operations Command. He served in other strategy-related positions, which include: the Director, Strategy and Plans (J5) for Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa (2012); Branch Chief, Advanced Concepts, (N511), OPNAV (2010-11); Branch Chief, Strategy and Concepts (N513), OPNAV (2006); and Desk Officer, Russia and Ukraine, Joint Staff J5 (2001–2002). Operationally, he flew the E-2C Hawkeye carrier-based command and control aircraft with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, including deployments to the Western Pacific/Indian Ocean (1989) and to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations Desert Storm (1991) and Southern Watch (1999), and with VAW-112 as the commanding officer and executive officer, which included deployments to the Western Pacific (2003) and the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2005).

He is the recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal with Combat “V” and the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, among others, as well as the 2009–2010 Naval History and Heritage Command’s Samuel Eliot Morison Naval History Scholarship.

He is the author of Toward a New Maritime Strategy: American Naval Thinking in the Post-Cold War Era (U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2015).


B.A.s in History and the Arts and Letters Program for Administrators
University of Notre Dame

M.A. in National Security Affairs (with distinction)
Naval Postgraduate School

Ph.D. in Security Studies
Naval Postgraduate School

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