Ronald A. Route

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Ronald A. Route
Born c. 1949
Denver, Colorado
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy (alternate).svg United States Navy
Years of service 1971–2008
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Commands held

Ronald A. Route (born c. 1949) is a retired Vice Admiral and former Naval Inspector General of the United States Navy and a former President of the Naval War College.[1] On July 16, 2013, Vice Admiral Route was named President of the Naval Postgraduate School.[2]

Naval career[edit]

A native of Denver, Colorado, Route graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1971, and subsequently completed a series of command and leadership assignments both within the Navy and in the Joint Service arena. He commanded the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-45), the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70), Cruiser-Destroyer Group Two, and the USS George Washington (CVN-73) Carrier Battle Group. In addition to his afloat commands, he served at sea with Cruiser-Destroyer Group Two and Destroyer Squadron Four, and aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Halsey (CG-23), the frigate USS Roark (FF-1053), the guided-missile cruiser USS Wainwright (CG-28), and the destroyer USS Barry (DD-933).

Ashore, Route commanded the Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC).[3][4] From 9 July 2003 to 12 August 2004, he was the 50th officer to serve as President of the Naval War College since the college's founding in 1884. During his tour as president, he sharpened the college's focus on mission and relevance; initiated research, analysis, and wargaming to address key operational concerns of the U.S. Navy such as ballistic missile defense and antisubmarine warfare and established the Halsey Scholars, an advanced research program for selected students; and facilitated discussions between retired Soviet Navy officers and their American counterparts on Cold War naval history.[5] Route assumed his duties as Naval Inspector General in August 2004 after leaving the presidency of the Naval War College. His other flag assignments included two tours on the Chief of Naval Operations staff, first as Director, Politico-Military Affairs Division (N52) and later as Director, Navy Programming Division (N80), where he developed and prioritized a multi-year spending plan for the Navy's $80–$100 billion annual budget.

Route's Pentagon assignments also included Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) for three assistant secretaries in two presidential administrations, Long-Range Planner and Surface Ship Readiness analyst in the Chief of Naval Operations's Program Resource Appraisal Division (now N81), and Naval Warfare Analyst in the Joint Analysis Directorate (now part of J8), within the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Route retired from the Navy in January 2008 after more than 36 years on active duty.[6]


Route holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. Selected for a Navy Federal Executive Fellowship in 1996, he completed a year-long assignment as a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City and subsequently was invited to become a Council member in June 1998.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Route's personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (six awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards).

See also[edit]


This article includes public domain text produced by the United States Navy.

  1. ^ "General/flag officer announcements". M2 Presswire. June 16, 2004. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs (July 16, 2013). "SECNAV Names New Naval Postgraduate School President". Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Route takes over Navy Warfare Development Command". Providence Journal. September 17, 2002. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ E. Jackson, John; Jondavid DuVall; Kimberly Rhoades (2009). Naval War College Illustrated History and Guide. Government Printing Office. p. 27. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Past Presidents" page at the Naval War College Web site. Archived 2010-11-08 at WebCite
  6. ^ "StillSecure Announces Federal Advisory Board with Representatives from Military Branches and Civilian Agencies"

Military offices
Preceded by
Rodney P. Rempt
President of the Naval War College
July 9, 2003–August 12, 2004
Succeeded by
Jacob L. Shuford
Preceded by
Albert T. Church
Naval Inspector General
August 2004–November 2007
Succeeded by
Anthony L. Winns