Adjunct Senior Fellow
Expertise: National Security Strategy, Future Security Environment, Strategic Objectives
Eric Gunn is an Adjunct Senior Fellow for the American Security Project, specializing in national security strategy, the future security environment, and the definition of strategic objectives by the military and civilian leadership. He is the President of The Gunn Group, a consulting firm focused on organizational strategy and policy definition, and the intersection between national security and the environment. He is also a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, having served more than 24 years in active duty and reserve capacities.
Before starting his consulting group, Mr. Gunn was a Department of the Navy civilian on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV), serving in the Strategy and Policy Division for more than seven years. While on the OPNAV Staff he managed various portfolios, including the CNO’s warfighter talks series, Navy and Joint wargames, Irregular Warfare strategy and policy, Navy and Joint concept development, Navy’s strategy and policy-related studies, and leading the Naval Strategy community.
Mr. Gunn has accumulated more than 11 years of active duty over five different periods during his 24 years of service. He has held command of three commissioned units, including Navy Operational Support Center Port Hueneme, Inshore Boat Unit 25, and Maritime Expeditionary Command and Control Division 64. He also held command of three Navy Reserve augment units, including Assault Craft Unit ONE (Port Hueneme detachment), Expeditionary Port Unit 107, and his current command of the reserve forces of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan.
Mr. Gunn earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of San Diego, a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.