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Political Science Department

Captain Matthew A. Testerman, PhD, Department Chair

Captain Matthew Testerman is a Permanent Military Professor and chair of the political science department at the United States Naval Academy. The son of a career US Air Force officer, he graduated with distinction from the Naval Academy in 1993. After designation as a Naval Flight Officer, he served as an EP-3E electronic warfare mission commander, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, with reconnaissance tasking throughout the European area of operations and combat operations against Yugoslavia. He returned to Annapolis in 1999 and taught as an instructor in Political Science.
 
In July 2002, he deployed as a Tactical Action Officer on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, entering Fifth Fleet on the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and returning to the AOR six months later for the invasion of Iraq. He then returned to flying EP-3E’s in Whidbey Island, Washington, serving as a mission commander, Southwest Asia detachment officer-in-charge, and squadron maintenance officer. He was next assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency on the staff of JFCC- Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance as the liaison to Pacific Command for intelligence collection capabilities and requirements.
 
Captain Testerman was then selected for a four year fellowship to earn his Ph.D. in political science. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester before returning to his current assignment at the US Naval Academy.
 
Captain Testerman’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various service and campaign awards. 
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