Joan Johnson-Freese

Joan Johnson-Freese

Formal First Name
1952 - present

Joan Johnson-Freese is a Professor and former Chair of the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval War College, with specializations in Women Peace & Security, Space Security and Professional Military Education. She is the author of multiple non-fiction books and articles, featured speaker at numerous national and international events, and experienced media consultant, considered as a recognized expert on space and security issues ranging from the future of human spaceflight to missile defense and anti-satellite weapons. Joan also teaches courses on Globalization & US National Security, Space & Security, and Leadership in War and Peace at Harvard Summer and Extension Schools. Previously, she was on the faculty of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, the Air War College, and the University of Central Florida. She has authored multiple books and articles on space security, as well as working on issues regarding women, peace, and security.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Women vs. Women: The Case of Cooperation

  • Women, Peace & Security: An Introduction

  • Space Warfare in the 21st Century

  • Educating America's Military



  • She is regularly interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, The New York Times and National Geographic.

  • She has also appeared in Xinhua News Agency, Reuters, and the BBC on space issues.

  • She has testified before Congress, and has extensive media interviews with national and international outlets.