Herman "Skeets" Meyer, Ph.D. (CAPT, USN, Ret.)
Dean of Students, College of International Security Affairs
National Defense University
As a CISA faculty member, Skeets Meyer created and taught core courses on democracy, leadership and civil-military relations. Meyer is often invited to speak on those subjects to military and government components across the United States, particularly in the context of his expertise in leadership and the Civil War. He has discussed those topics on many staff rides to key battlefields, especially at Gettysburg and several Virginia locations.
During his 33-year Navy career, Meyer served in a great variety of operational and staff roles which built his experience in the joint, policy, strategy, and operational arenas. First as a Captain in the Navy and then as a civilian, he used this experience while serving as an educator at NDU's Eisenhower School (formerly ICAF), where he developed and directed studies in military strategy, elements of national power, and joint military logistics.
Some of his significant tours in the military were as Executive Assistant to the Director and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs during the integration of the Goldwater-Nichols legislation into the military; Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Plans and Policy; Commanding Officer of the USS Havre (PCE-804), the USS McInerney (FFG-8), and the Commodore Destroyer Squadron 32; Chief Staff Officer to Destroyer Squadron 8; and homeported in Bahrain as Chief of Staff for the Commander, Middle East Forces, during the Iran-Iraq War and the reflagging of Tankers in the Persian Gulf.
Skeets received his Doctorate in Advanced Education through The George Washington University.Â His dissertation focused on the field of Reserve Officer Training Center (ROTC) and joint training.