Jeff DeMarco

Military Professor Strategy and Policy Department
Capt., U.S. Navy
Jeff DeMarco faculty photo


Capt. DeMarco, U.S. Navy, was commissioned through NROTC at The Citadel in 2000. His operational assignments include USS Cormorant (MHC-57), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Four, Naval Special Clearance Team One, EOD Mobile Unit One, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Arabian Peninsula, XO EOD Mobile Unit One, CO EOD Mobile Unit Eight and Commander Task Group 68.3/Sixth Fleet MCM Detachment Rota, Spain. His shore assignments include flag aide to commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command, aide-de-camp to Commandant of the Marine Corps and branch chief, J34, U.S Africa Command. He is a graduate of Naval Postgraduate School in homeland security and defense.

Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
  • Arctic
  • Counterterrorism
  • GWOT
  • Homeland Security
  • Leadership
  • Mine Warfare
  • NATO
  • Security Cooperation
  • WMD

Professional Highlights


Commander Task Group 68.3/SIXTHFLT MCM Det Rota

Led the development of a new capability for mine warfare for SIXTHFLT, providing both C2 of MCM forces and operational UUVs for the theater. Developed a plan to lead NATO's Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group ONE (SNMCMG1), a first for the USN.

Commanding Officer, EODMU8, Rota, Spain

EODMU8 provides highly technical explosive ordnance disposal, mine countermeasures, and counter-WMD capabilities to DoD interests throughout Europe and Africa. Integrated with all partner forces across NATO. Integrated into DoD SLD for pre-positioning across the theater.

Branch Chief, C-IED & Identity Activities, USAFRICOM

Developed and implemented a comprehensive Counter Improvised Explosive Device strategy for all operations within Africa. Introduced a comprehensive plan for the use of biometrics and forensics as a tool to counter violent extremist organizations in Africa, requiring NSC, IPC approval.

Aide-de-Camp, Commandant of the Marine Corps


Executive Officer, EODMU ONE

Unprecedented operational tempo as the headquarters deployed to Afghanistan (RC-SW) and the platoons maintained geographically separated commitments across the globe.

Aide to the Commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command


Combined Special Operations Task Force - Arabian Peninsula

EOD Officer in Charge for a combined task force of Iraqi and U.S. special forces executing Iraqi National Level and CENTCOM Theater Level targets. Developed and promulgated counter-improvised explosive device intelligence and TTPs for all SOF operating within the Arabian Peninsula.

Platoon OIC, Naval Special Clearance Team ONE

Led two platoons, consisting of Marine Recon, SEAL, EOD, and Fleet Marines and Sailors providing a unique operational and R&D capability for low observable near-shore mine and beach clearance operations.

Detachment OIC, EODMU FOUR

Led two U.S. Navy EOD teams through training, certification, and deployment supporting USCENTCOM theater requirements.



M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2023, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.A., U.S. Naval Post-Graduate School, 2011, Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)

JPME Phase 1 (with Distinction), U.S. Naval War College, 2011

B.S., The Citadel, 2000, Business Administration and Computer Science

Awards and Decorations

Hans Jones Award recipient for Excellence in Thesis Research
Naval Post Graduate School, 2012

External Memberships and Associations

EOD Warrior Foundation

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