Steven Wills is an expert in U.S. Navy strategy and policy, and U.S. Navy surface warfare programs and platforms. His research interests include the history of U.S. Navy strategy development over the Cold War and immediate, post-Cold War era, and the history of the post-World War II U.S. Navy surface fleet.
Prior to joining CNA, Wills completed a Ph.D in military history from Ohio University, and had a 20 year career as an active duty U.S. Navy officer. He served on a variety of small and medium surface combatants including an assignment as the executive officer (XO) of a Mine Countermeasures ship (MCM), and held shore-based billets at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD), and at NATO Joint Forces Command, Naples, Italy (JFCNP.)
Wills' articles have appeared in the United States Naval War College Review, the United States Naval Institute News, realcleardefense.com, cimsec.org, warontherocks.com, and informationdissemination.net. He has delivered presentations at Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) events. Wills holds a Ph.D and M.A. in History from Ohio University, an M.A. in National Security Studies from the United States Naval War College, and a B.A. in History from Miami University, Oxford, OH.