As a career U.S. Navy surface warfare officer, Professor McClurg served on warships deploying to the Indo-Pacific and Middle Eastern theaters where he gained experience in a wide variety of joint maritime missions. He also participated in extensive multilateral crisis response and contingency planning efforts while assigned to carrier strike group and fleet staff duty. Professor McClurg is a U.S. Naval Academy alumnus and a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. He currently teaches joint military operations in the College of Distance Education.