Political Science

Daniel Post

Commander, U.S. Navy, Permanent Military Professor, Strategy and Policy Department, U.S. Naval War College


Daniel Post is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate studying International Relations.  He holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy (with Honors), an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and an M.A. in Political Science from Brown University. Dan is an active duty Commander in the U.S. Navy and is in his 21st year of naval service, currently assigned to the U.S. Naval War College as a Military Professor. His dissertation focuses on escalation dynamics in potential limited nuclear wars and the prospects of keeping nuclear wars limited. The research involves the study of past wargames and crisis simulations, conducting his own survey experiments and conducting elite interviews. He is also interested in international security studies, conflict, organizational structures, decision-making, foreign policy analysis, and has a particular interest in nuclear deterrence and other nuclear security issues.  


January 2023 The Value and Limits of Nuclear Deterrence, U.S. Naval Institute

May 25, 2021 The Prospects For Limiting Nuclear War And The Strategy Of “Escalate To De-escalate” – A Research Note, The Ratty

January 29, 2021 Deterring North Korea, War on the Rocks