Commander Justin Harts
Originally from San Diego, California, Justin is a career naval officer who most recently served as Commanding Officer of the Guided Missile Destroyer USS BENFOLD (DDG 65), forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.
Commissioned from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1998 with a B.S. in Marine Transportation and Logistics and an unlimited 3rd Mate’s License in the American Merchant Marine, Justin also holds an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and undergraduate credentials in National Security Affairs from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
His sea duty assignments include tours in Communications, Engineering, Operations, and Human Resources aboard three Destroyers, a Cruiser, and three Aircraft Carriers, making numerous deployments throughout the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Gulf in support of United Nations sanctions enforcement, stability operations, anti-piracy operations, and humanitarian assistance - disaster response. Ashore, Justin served as an Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School, as an Associate Fellow with the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, and as a Legislative Liaison to the U.S. Congress. With more than 20 years of operational U.S. foreign policy experience in the Western Pacific and Middle East, Justin hopes to gain a much deeper appreciation of European affairs while in residence at Oxford.
Some of Justin’s personal interests including flying, high-power rocketry, and cooking. He is also an avid home brewer and enjoys experimenting with new types of beer.