James P. McGrath, Select One

Military Professor Joint Military Operations Department
Capt., U.S. Navy
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CAPTAIN JAMIE McGRATH, USN, joined the Naval War College, Joint Military Operations faculty in July 2017 following his tour as Chief, Joint Exercise Division, Joint Staff J7. His sea service includes tours on USS VALDEZ (FF-1069), USS MISSISSIPPI (CGN-40), USS HAYLER (DD-997), USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75), USS HALYBURTON (FFG-40), US SEVENTH Fleet, and MSRON SEVEN. His command tour at MSRON SEVEN saw his Sailors deployed in support of Task Force Commanders throughout FIFTH, SIXTH and SEVENTH Fleet Areas of Responsibility. His shore assignments include Division Director and Instructor at Naval Nuclear Power School, and Liaison for USNAVEUR to Commander, USEUCOM.

Areas of Expertise

  • Air Defense
  • Command and Control
  • Europe
  • Homeland Security
  • Joint Operations
  • JPME
  • Leadership
  • Maritime History
  • Military Planning
  • Military Theory
  • National Security
  • Operational Warfare
  • Security Cooperation
  • Surface Warfare
  • WWI
  • WWII

Professional Highlights


Military Professor, Joint Military Operations, Naval War College, Newport, RI

Reported as Military Professor in Joint Military Operations at Naval War College, Newport, RI

Chief, Joint Exercise Division

Reported as Chief, Joint Exercise Division, Joint Training, Joint Staff J7, Suffolk, VA. Lead planner for CJCS's Globally Integrated Exercise Program. Coordinated efforts with five (5) divisions within Joint Training Directorate to ensure integrated execution of Joint Exercise Program events.

USNAVEUR Liaison Officer to Commander, USEUCOM

Representative of the Commander, Naval Forces Europe to European Command. Responsible for coordinating actions between Combatant Commander (COCOM) staff and naval component staffs ensuring alignment of operations and planning. Ensured naval component concerns are addressed by the COCOM.

Assistant Reactor Officer, USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75), Norfolk, VA

Spearheaded Reactor Department process improvement analyzing compiled data from nine separate audit and surveillance programs and developing appropriate corrective actions where necessary, contributing greatly to the department’s superb performance on multiple Type Commander inspections.

Commanding Officer, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron SEVEN, Agana, Guam

Commanding Officer of the only all active duty, forward deployed MSRON. Provided expeditionary force protection detachments throughout Middle East and Asia to support task force commanders protection of logistics ships, airplanes and infrastructure.

Future Operations Branch Chief, US SEVENTH Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan

Coordinated future operations for the only Forward Deployed Naval Force, supervising 8 officers and coordinating staff preparation for command post exercise. Fleet BMD Officer, Lead Planner for Exercise Valiant Shield 2006 and JASAEX 2005, Exercises Ulchi Focus Lens, and Talisman Sabre 2005.

Executive Officer, USS HAYLBURTON (FFG 40), Mayport, FL

Responsible for coordinating and executing day to day operations of a 220 person US Navy warship both in port and underway on deployment during wartime operations. Directly supervised 6 department heads in the areas of Combat Systems, Operations, Engineering, Aviation, Supply and Training.

Student, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, RI

Presidential Honor Graduate

Reactor Electrical Assistant, USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75), Norfolk, VA

Supervised 5 divisions with 7 officers and over 200 enlisted Sailors in maintenance, training and operation of electrical and reactor controls electronic systems of 2 Naval Nuclear power plants to ensure continuity of operations aboard a US Navy Aircraft Carrier.

Operations Officer, USS HAYLER (DD 997), Norfolk, VA

Principle advisor to the Commanding Officer on ship’s operations and schedule. Supervised 4 shipboard divisions execution Communications, Operations, Deck Operations and Electronic Warfare consisting of 4 officers and over 100 enlisted personnel.


M.A., Norwich University, 2017, Military History

M.A., Naval War College, 2002, National Security and Strategic Studies

B.A., Virginia Tech, 2017, History

Awards and Decorations

Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit Meritorious Service Medal
Third Award

Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Fourth Award

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Second Award

Other Honors

Presidential Honor Graduate, Naval War College
Nov 2002

Navy League Award, Surface Warfare Officer Division Officer Course
Feb 1992

External Memberships and Associations

U.S. Naval Institute Surface Navy Association

Society of Military History

News, Media, & Events

VIDEO: 45 Seconds on Honor, Courage and Commitment

Jul. 08, 2019
News Publication

Starship Poseidon Summer STEM Camp

Jul. 14, 2019
3:00 p.m.
Naval Station, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Video: The Changing Nature of Warfare and Cyber Education

May. 06, 2019
Article Publication

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