Darren McClurg

Associate Professor College of Distance Education
Cmdr., U.S. Navy, Retired
Darren McClurg faculty photo


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.

Areas of Expertise

  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Ethics
  • Joint Operations
  • Maritime History
  • Military Planning
  • National Security
  • Operational Warfare
  • Surface Warfare

Professional Highlights


Professor of Leadership & Ethics

Participated in the development of the inaugural curriculum for the U.S. Naval War College's Leadership in the Profession of Arms course and taught it for two years.

Surface Operations, Carrier Strike Group Five

Helped coordinate the U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense response to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Eastern Japan.

Executive Officer, USS NEW ORLEANS (LPD 18)

Played a key role in guiding a new warship and crew through acceptance trials, first training & certification cycle, and maiden deployment with embarked Marines.


Ph.D. Candidate, Salve Regina University, Humanities

M.A., U.S. Naval War College, National Security Studies

B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, English

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