Christopher J. McMahon

Professor Joint Military Operations Department
Rear Adm., U.S. Maritime Service
Rear Admiral McMahon photo


Master Mariner with extensive experience in seafaring, the global maritime industry, merchant marine and related activities. Specialized experience in maritime education and training. Rear Admiral, (Upper Half), U.S. Maritime Service.

Contact Information

Professional Highlights


Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation

Following the September 11th attacks on America, responsible for coordinating surface transportation security.

Tranportation Counselor, U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Director - Iraqi Reconstruction Management Office of Transportation

Promoted by Secretary of Transportation to Rear Admiral, USMS lower half (2004), then upper half (2005) and assigned U.S. Embassy Baghdad as noted.

Acting Director, USDOT Office of Intelligence, Security and Emergency Response


Deputy Superintendent, United States Merchant Marine Academy


Various Senior Executive Service Positions, U.S. Maritime Administration


MARAD Chair of Merchant Marine Affairs, U.S. Naval War College


M.S. Business, The American University

M.S. Counseling, Long Island University

MDiv. Starr King School

B.S. Marine Transportation, United States Merchant Marine Academy

C.V. or Resume

Related Credentials

USCG licensed master mariner of steam and motor vessels, unlimited tonnage with a master of sail endorsement

Research Contributions and Publications

Double Down on the Jones Act
Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, April 2018

Losing the Great Pacific War for Lack of Ships and Mariners
U.S. Naval Institute - Proceedings, January 2019

Awards and Decorations

USCG Search and Rescue

Maritime Administration
Bronze Medal

Secretary of Transportation 9-11-2001 Medal

Secretary of Transportation Gold Medal

President's Distinguished Service Medal

Other Awards and Decorations

External Memberships and Associations

New York Marine Society

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