Dr Paul T. Mitchell

Department of Defence Studies

Dr Paul T. MitchellContact
Tel: 416-482-6800 ext 6867
Fax: 416-482-6802
Address:  Canadian Forces College
215 Yonge Blvd
Toronto ON M5M 3H9

Areas of Interest

  • Naval Strategy
  • American Defence Policy 
  • Modern Military Operational Theories
  • Revolution in Military Affairs
  • Network-Centric Warfare

Educational and Professional Background

Dr Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Master of Arts in War Studies from King’s College London, and a Doctorate from Queen’s University at Kingston. Following the completion of his doctoral studies, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax in the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, where he assisted with the production of the Canadian Navy’s “Adjusting Course” strategy. He also worked as Directing Staff at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre on their Maritime Peacekeeping course in 1996 and 1997. He has worked at the Canadian Forces College since 1998, first as the Deputy Director Academics, and later as its first Director of Academics (DAcad). As DAcad, Dr Mitchell oversaw the development of the Master of Defence Studies degree following accreditation of the Command and Staff Course by the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies in 2001. Between 2005 and 2007, Dr. Mitchell was an Associate Professor at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University and also taught at the Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute’s Command and Staff College. He served again as Director of Academics between 2015 and 2021.

Dr Mitchell was awarded the Literary Award by the United States Naval Institute and the Surface Naval Association for his paper on Network-Centric Warfare and Small Navies in 2003, the first non-American and the first civilian to be so recognized. He was published in the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ prestigious Adelphi Paper series with his Network-Centric Warfare: Coalition Operations in the Age of US Military Primacy. He was made an “honorary graduate” of the National Security Programme in 2016. In 2018, he was recognized for his efforts to integrate design thinking into Professional Military Education by the International Military Design Conference.

Current Research and Projects

Dr. Mitchell is currently working on a history of the RCN’s Victoria-class submarines. He also publishes on the issue of Professional Military Education.

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