James P. Murray
Director of Operations, Operational Level Programs
Maritime Staff Operators Course
Professor James P. Murray attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned upon graduation on 27 May 1981. Professor Murray commenced flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1983.
Professor Murray has served with several Patrol Squadrons, stationed primarily on the east coast, and completed deployments to various sites in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean.
Professor Murray served aboard USS AMERICA (CV-66) as the Assistant Air Operations Officer where he qualified as Air Operations Watch Officer during deployments to the Mediterranean/Indian Ocean, OPERATION DESERT SHIELD, OPERATION DESERT STORM, and EXERCISE NORTHSTAR-91.
He reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned his Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies upon graduation in June 1995. His next assignment was to the United States Central Command at Macdill AFB, Tampa, Florida in the Operations Directorate, Plans Division, Strategic Deployments Branch. Serving as the Crisis Action and Contingency Operations Action Officer, he assisted in the enforcement of United Nations and Coalition sanctions against Iraq, participating in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, OPERATION VIGILANT SENTINEL, and OPERATION DESERT STRIKE.
Professor Murray completed his command tour in Training Squadron THIRTY-ONE and served for the Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE as Chief Staff Officer. Professor Murray next reported to Commander, Second Fleet in Norfolk Virginia where he served as the Assistant Fleet Operations Officer, Fleet Operations Officer and Assistant Chief of Staff, for Experimentation and Innovation (N9). Professor Murray reported to the Naval War College in February 2004 where he served as the Dean of Students until November 2007. Following retirement, Professor Murray accepted his current position in the Naval War College, College of Operational and Strategic Leadership, Operational Level Programs.
As Deputy Director for Operational Level Programs, his primary focus is supporting the management of Operational Level Programs which includes the C/JFMCC Flag Officer Course, Maritime Staff Operators Course (MSOC), the Assist and Assess Team (AAT), Maritime Operational Planners Course (MOPC), and other operational level of war activities.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (Gold Star), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal (two awards).