Faculty Bios

Dr. Mary Bell

Dr. Mary Bell
Professor, Joint Advanced Warfighting School


Dr. Bell is a Professor at the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS), serving as the faculty chair of the Operational Art and Campaign Planning Field of Study for four years. She also created an elective on cyberspace, intelligence, information, and space considerations. She has twelve years of teaching experience, including ten years at the graduate level and two at the undergraduate level. She has over 20 years of service in the U.S. Army with experience in Aviation and Intelligence. 

Dr. Bell holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from Old Dominion University, an M.A. in International Relations from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and a B.A. in International Business from New Mexico State University. She flew the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in South Korea, Hawaii, throughout the U.S., and Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy. She also flew the C-12 Huron and EO-5B/C Airborne Reconnaissance Low (ARL) to support Operations Palmetto Ghost and Palmetto Shield, Counter Drug operations for U.S. Southern Command. She flew missions on the ARL as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, collecting real-time full-motion video for the Joint Special Operations Command. She then served as a Mission Commander for the Open Skies Treaty, negotiating with diplomats from 33 nations, including Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Sweden, Georgia, Italy, and France.

Besides operational and planning experience, she was an Assistant Professor of Military Strategic Studies at the Air Force Academy (2001 – 2003) and military faculty and Assistant Professor at the Joint and Combined Warfighting School (2010 – 2017). She has expertise in U.S. energy policy and Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific relations. She also has experience lecturing and building curriculum to support Women, Peace, and Security initiatives. Dr. Bell is a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is the proud parent of a 14-year varsity soccer player and hosts three international students from Kenya and Germany.


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