Ward, Dr. Kelly J. - COL USA (Ret.)

Professor, National Security Strategy

National War College

Dr. Kelly John Ward Dr. Kelly J. Ward joined the faculty of the National War College in July 2014, 
and was immediately selected as Associate Dean of Academics that October. He teaches the 
“Foundations of Strategic Leadership” course, and the “U.S. Domestic Context” course, as well as 
electives in National Security Economics.  His regional study area for the upcoming academic year 
is Israel/Palestine.

Dr. Ward retired from the U.S. Army after a 26-year career as an Armor/Cavalry officer.  His final 
assignment was as the Director, Commander’s Action Group (CAG), for the Army Surgeon General and 
MEDCOM Commander. Ward served previously as a Professor of Economics and the Course Director for 
the “Economics of National Security Strategy” core course at The Eisenhower School, National 
Defense University. He also served previously as the Chief of Business Operations, Army Office of 
Business Transformation, Office of the Under Secretary of the Army. Colonel Ward was an Academy 
Professor of Systems Engineering and Acquisition Systems Management at the United States Military 
Academy from 2007-2010, and an Assistant Professor of Economics from 1998- 2000. COL(R) Ward’s 
overseas assignments include Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq. His civilian education includes a Masters 
of Business Administration (MBA) from Cornell University, and a PhD in Applied Economics from The 
Pennsylvania State University.

Functional Expertise:  Behavioral and Environmental Economics, Health Economics, and Bureaucratic 
Incentives and Stewardship.

Regional Expertise:  N/A

  EMAIL:   kelly.ward@ndu.edu