Craig R. Wonson, Select One

Col., U.S. Marine Corps

Military Professor Strategy and Policy Department
Craig R. Wonson Photo


Infantry officer with extensive leadership, training, and operational planning experience.

Areas of Expertise

  • Afghanistan
  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Asymmetrical Warfare
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • COIN
  • Command and Control
  • Counterterrorism
  • Ethics
  • Ground Warfare
  • GWOT
  • HA/DR
  • Information Operations
  • Iraq
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Joint Operations
  • Leadership
  • Littoral Warfare
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Middle East
  • Military Planning
  • Military Technology
  • Military Theory
  • NATO
  • Operational Warfare
  • Security Cooperation
  • Special Operations
  • Wargaming
  • Weapon Systems

Professional Highlights


Military Professor, Strategy & Policy Department, Naval War College


Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group, MCB Twenty-nine Palms, CA


Deputy, Amphibious Warfare Branch, N-95, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington D.C.


Marine Corps Fellow, International Security Studies Program, Yale University, New Haven, CT


Future Operations Officer, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA


Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, CA


Joint SOF Assessments Branch Chief, U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, FL


Future Operations Planner, G3, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA


Student, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA


Company Commander and Battalion Operations Officer, Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, CA


M.A., Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting, 2005, Operational Studies

M.A., Marine Corps Command & Staff College, 2004, Military Studies

M.A., National University, 1998, Public Administration

B.A., University of Connecticut, 1992, History & Political Science

Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit

Bronze Star
With combat distinguishing device

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal
4 Medals

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Combat Action Ribbon

Presidential Unit Citation

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Navy Unit Commendation Medal
2 Medals

Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal
2 Medals

National Defense Service Medal
2 Medals

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Navy Sea Service Ribbon
7 Ribbons

NATO Medal

Drill Instructor Ribbon

News, Media, & Events


U.S. Naval War College Graduation: November 2018

Nov. 14, 2018
12:00 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

The Year of the Gray Wolf: The Rise of Turkey’s New Ultranationalism

Jul. 16, 2018
War On The Rocks
Article Publication

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