Commander Stephen R. Woodall

Commanding Officer, 19 July 1985 to 26 June 1987

CDR S. R. Woodall


Bronze Star


Commander Stephen R. Woodall, USN, was born in Washington, D. C., on October 6, 1945. He attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1967.

At sea, Commander Woodall has served on the USS LYNDE McCORMICK (DDG-8) as Main Propulsion Assistant, USS ENDURANCE (MSO-435) as Executive Officer and Navigator, USS SEMMES (DDG-18) as Operations Officer and Senior Watch Officer, USS LUISENO (ATF-156) as Commanding Officer and USS AYLWIN (FF-1081) as Executive Officer.

Ashore, Commander Woodall has attended the Naval War College, where he graduated with highest distinction. He also studied at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he earned the Master of Science Degree in both Operations Research and Applied Mathematics, and was the first recipient of the Military Operations Research Society Graduate Research Award for outstanding achievements in graduate research directed toward improving military force utilization. Commander Woodall has also earned the Master of Arts degree in Politics, and a Doctorate in World Politics from the Catholic University of America.

Other assignments ashore include duty as a Special Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and as the Assistant Branch Head and Long-Range Resources Analyst in the Extended Planning Branch (OP-965) of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Prior to reporting to USS KING, Commander Woodall served as the Navy Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D. C.

Personal Awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V” and Gold Star in lieu of a second award, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Commander Woodall is married to the former Nancy Lori Mauldin of Virginia Beach, Virginia. They have one son, John.

Commander Woodall was promoted to the rank of Captain after leaving the USS KING and went on to command the AEGIS Cruiser USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53), serving as Battle Force ZULU Anti-Air Warfare Commander during the Gulf War in the Northern Arabian Gulf.

Upon retirement from the Navy, Dr. Woodall became the founding President and CEO of Strategic Synthesis, Ltd. (LLC). Additionally, he is a Consulting Senior Systems Engineer and Systems Analyst for a number of major defense and consulting firms.

His experience in strategic planning and vision development includes support of the Army Digitization Office (ADO), the future of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) for the Vice Chairman of the Joint Staff, and related work for OSD(C3I), BMDO (MDA), JTAMDO, Navy PEO IT and IWS, the DoN Secretariat, CNET, Navy SEALs, Army SMDC, ONR, and many others. Professionally, Dr. Woodall has supported the analysis and development of such C4ISR-related systems and capabilities as Athena (the Navy's revolutionary approach to Theater Command and Decision), the Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO) capability, Y2K testing and analysis, the Area Air Defense Commander (AADC) capability, Land Attack and NSFS, TAMD, JBMC2, Joint Fires, the Navy Distributed Engineering Plant (DEP), Common C&D, and Open Architecture. He has also supported the New Design SSN, CVN-76, CV(X), DD-21, DD(X), and the LCS.

In addition to his consulting work, he is active with the Executive Committee of the Strike, Land Attack, and Air Defense (SLAAD) Division of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), including service as Study Director on a number of influential Industry-Government study efforts, such as “AADC Joint Air Defense Firepower Coordination,” “Integration, Control, and Deconfliction of Joint Fires,” “Roadmap to the Single Integrated Picture (SIP),” and “FORCEnet, the Naval Component of the GIG — Enabling the Joint Warfighter through Network Centric Warfare.” He recently completed a new NDIA study for the Navy entitled “The Future of the Navy in Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense (JIAMD)” on 25 March 2005. He also supports the NDIA Systems Engineering, Undersea Warfare, C4ISR, Missile Defense, and Expeditionary Warfare Divisions. Dr. Woodall is the author of the book “Strategic Forecasting in Long-Range Military Force Planning,” and numerous strategic plans, articles and papers. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, since 1994.


PhD, World Politics Catholic University of America 1985

MA, World Politics Catholic University of America 1984

Federal Executive Fellow The Brookings Institution 1983-1984

MS, Applied Mathematics Naval Postgraduate School 1978

MS, Operations Research Naval Postgraduate School 1978

MS Equivalent Naval War College 1976

BS, Mathematics United States Naval Academy 1967