Dr. John R. Ballard, a member of the Senior Executive Service, assumed responsibilities as the Academic Dean and Provost at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in September, 2018. He earned his B.S. at the United States Naval Academy, his M.A. at California State University, Dominquez Hills, and his Ph.D. at The Catholic University of America.
Dean Ballard began his professional life as a Marine infantry officer. He commanded at the platoon, company, battalion and group levels, in both the active and reserve components, served in peace operations in Haiti, and commanded Marines, Soldiers and Sailors in combat during the Iraq War. As an academic, he initially served as an Associate Professor and then Professor of History at the Joint Forces Staff College before he was selected as the foundation Chair and Professor of Defence Studies at New Zealand’s Massey University. Later he served as Professor of Joint Military Operations at the Naval War College, as Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College, as Academic Dean at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, as Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs at the National War College, and as the founding Dean of the National Defense College in the United Arab Emirates. Most recently, he served as the Vice President for Veteran’s and Military Partnerships and Director of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Dean Ballard has published articles in Joint Force Quarterly, the Marine Corps Gazette, Military Review, theU.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Terrorism and Political Violence, Small Wars and Insurgencies, and Nation Shield; he has presented papers and conducted seminars worldwide on national security, leadership and military history. His published books include: Upholding Democracy: the U.S. Military Campaign in Haiti 1994-1997(Praeger, 1998), Continuity during the Storm (Greenwood, 2000), Fighting for Fallujah (Praeger Security International, 2006), Triumph of Self-Determination, Operation Stabilise and United Nations Peacemaking in East Timor (Praeger Security International, 2008), From Storm to Freedom, The Long American War with Iraq(Naval Institute Press, 2010), and From Kabul to Baghdad and Back, the U.S. at War in Iraq and Afghanistan(Naval Institute Press, 2012). His forthcoming co-authored book, National Security Education: Developing Strategic Leaders for 21st Century Security Challenges, is pending publication by The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research.
Dean Ballard is married to Dr. Rose Cardarelli, an international humanitarian and NGO Representative to the United Nations in New York City; they have one daughter and one granddaughter. He has been recognized with a Distinguished Writing Award from the Army Historical Foundation, a Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and various military decorations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star medals for service in combat during the Iraq War. He was named the recipient of the Society of the Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century Award and the General Horace Porter Award in History at the U.S. Naval Academy.