William G. McDonald
Professor | Emory S. Land Chair
Joint Military Operations
William McDonald is a professor in the School of Joint Military Operations at the U.S. Naval War College and holds the Emory S. Land Chair in Merchant Marine Affairs at NWC. An official of the U.S. Maritime Administration
(MARAD), he served as Deputy Senior Transportation Counselor, U.S. Embassy, Iraq
, from December, 2007 to March, 2009. In that post, he worked closely with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of State, and Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I)
to oversee American and Coalition programs to assist the Government of Iraq in developing a modern port and intermodal transportation system and ensure the secure, efficient movement of U.S. military sustainment and retrograde cargoes. Mr. McDonald previously served as deputy to the director of MARAD’s North Atlantic Gateway Office in New York City, with responsibility for co-management of agency operations throughout a busy, 11 state region. This included the development and implementation of concepts to strengthen the U.S. Marine Transportation System
and military sealift
capacity. Prior to joining MARAD, Mr. McDonald served as a Director of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York, as Director-Corporate Communications for Motorola’s Symbol Technologies subsidiary, and as Manager-Press Relations for Naval Aviation and Combat Systems at Northrop-Grumman, Inc.
Mr. McDonald served with the 101st Airborne Division
in Vietnam. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, NDSM, and two Presidential Unit Citations. His professional awards and commendations also include: U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Certificate of Appreciation: U.S. Secretary of Transportation War on Terrorism Award, 2005 and 2008; Republic of Iraq Transportation Achievement Medal; Iraq Ministry of Transportation Award, 2009; U.S. Embassy, Baghdad Certificate of Service, 2009; Nutmegger Award from Business Press Advertising Association; and Matrix Award from Women in Communications, Inc. Mr. McDonald is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, where he earned an MA degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.