Capt. Peter Swartz, (retired)
Adjunct Principal Research Scientist

BIOGRAPHY

Peter Swartz is an expert on Navy strategy, policy and operations, and on military history, organization, culture. His recent work examines Navy strategy, the organizational history of the Navy and OPNAV, U.S. Navy international relationships, and U.S. inter-service relationships, policies and doctrine. He has analyzed alternative Navy global fleet deployment models, lessons learned from past Navy operations in homeland defense, counter-piracy and irregular warfare; the Navy's role in the Unified Command Plan; and the relationships between Navy strategy, programming and budgeting.

Prior to joining CNA, Swartz served for 26 years as a Navy officer, primarily in the areas of strategy, plans and policy. He served two tours in South Vietnam during the war, as an advisor to the Republic of Vietnam Navy, and on the staff of Vice Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. He played a leading role in conceptualizing and drafting the Navy's Maritime Strategy of the 1980s, serving on the staff of successive Chiefs of Naval Operations and of Secretary of the Navy John Lehman. He was Director of Defense Operations for the U.S. Mission to NATO as the Berlin Wall was coming down, and served as Special Assistant to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell during the First Gulf War.

Swartz holds an M.Phil. in Political Science from Columbia University, an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University. He is conversant in French and understands Vietnamese.


RECENT NEWS

May 1, 2019

Peter Swartz says, "Part of the reason I don't finish is because I read something else that gets me mad, and causes me to reflect, and I charge off researching that instead of finishing up the last piece."

Proceedings: "A Naval Strategist Speaks"

May 1, 2019

Peter Swartz says, "The CNA guys were using open sources, Russian open sources, and pooh-poohed for that. And it turned out that the Russian open sources, for the very reasons that they had always argued, turned out to be the most accurate place to go for your stuff."

U.S. Naval Institute: "Proceedings Podcast Episode 78 - Peter Swartz Talks Naval Strategy" [36:33]

May 1, 2019

Peter Swartz writes, "While Mobley unearths more fascinating early war plans, and Hone gives us more at-sea combat actions, both books are really about the development of the thinking of previous generations of U.S. Navy officers."

Proceedings: "Progressives in Navy Blue and Learning War Book Reviews"

April 19, 2019

The author describes Peter Swartz's long career in service to our nation, "Joining CNA in the early 1990s, Swartz earned a reputation as an expert on Navy strategy, policy, and operations and on military history, organization, and culture."

Pull Together: "Peter M. Swartz: Using Naval History to Develop Maritime Strategy"

October 22, 2018

Based on data from CNA Report, The Navy at a Tipping Point: Maritime Dominance at Stake?, "From 2008-2011, carrier strike group deployments averaged 6.4 months, which then climbed to 8.2 months in the next three years."

CIMSEC: "How the Fleet Forgot to Fight, Pt. 5: Material Condition and Availability"

September 25, 2018

Paul Schwartz says, “I don't think you can definitively say that the program has been canceled.”

NPR: “Russia's Nuclear Cruise Missile Is Struggling To Take Off, Imagery Suggests”