Confirmed: Dr Kalav "Gunner" Sepp

Chair of the Defense Analysis Department, Naval Postgraduate School
United States

Confirmed Speaker

Dr. Kalev I. Sepp is Chair of the Defense Analysis Department at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Counterterrorism (2007-9).  Earlier, he was an analyst and strategist in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an expert member of the Baker-Hamilton Bipartisan Commission on Iraq, a.k.a. the Iraq Study Group.  A former U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret) officer, he earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University, and his Combat Infantryman Badge in the Salvadoran Civil War.  His unit assignments include the 82d Airborne Division, the 2d Ranger Battalion, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany, and the 2d Infantry Division in Korea, among others.  Dr. Sepp also graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College with a Master’s degree in Military Art and Science, and taught military and world history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.   He is co-author of Weapon of Choice: U.S. Army Special Operations in Afghanistan, and wrote the chapters “NATO Special Forces in Future Operations” and “Assessing Counterinsurgency” (with Maj. Gen. William Hix) in recently published books, along with other articles, essays, reviews and studies.  His sons – a Marine and an Army paratrooper – both served in Iraq.