McPherson joined the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) at Monterey faculty in 2017, following 13 years as a permanent military professor at Newport. He earned his Ph.D. from Salve Regina University and retired from the U.S. Navy in 2016 at the rank of captain. He is a recipient of the 2012 Adm. Thomas Weschler Award for Inspirational Teaching and a distinguished graduate of the NWC class of 2000. From 2000-2003, he served in the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s J-3 shop as executive assistant to the J-39 director and as branch chief of the Special Activities Division. His operational experience includes duty as a naval flight officer in the E-2C Hawkeye, the A-6E Intruder, and the EA-6B Prowler.