John F. Griffin, Select One

Lt. Col (ret.), U.S. Marine Corps

Associate Professor College of Maritime Operational Warfare
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Areas of Expertise

  • Cyber Warfare
  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • Information Operations
  • International Relations
  • JPME
  • Middle East
  • Military Planning
  • Revolutionary War
  • Special Operations

Professional Highlights


Associate Professor, Naval War College

COSL aims to improve senior leader's capability to plan, execute, and assess operational campaigns in support of national policy and directives. Directly support US Fleet Cyber Command/Tenth Fleet to enhance their readiness, planning and operations.

Assistant Professor, Boston University

Taught two upper level undergraduate courses: Evolution of Expeditionary Doctrine and the Evolution of Warfare. Created and designed the curriculum that remains in use today at over 65 universities nationwide.

Technical Instructor, MIT

Taught two upper level undergraduate courses: Evolution of Expeditionary Doctrine and the Evolution of Warfare. Created and designed the curriculum that remains in use today at over 65 universities nationwide.

Leadership Development Consultant

Provided group and individual training and education to C-suite executives, middle management and supervisors on military planning methodologies and military leadership techniques.

Major Gifts Officer - St Mark's School

Managed an average portfolio of over 110+ alumni, trustees, parents and friends who were capable of contributing $100,000+ gifts throughout the southeast to include Florida and west to Texas which required ten face to face visits per month.

Commanding Officer - Inspector Instructor 1st Bn 25th Mar

Board selected among the top 15% of my peer group. The Battalion Inspector-Instructor is the Commanding Officer of the active duty component responsible to train and prepare a reserve infantry battalion for deployments and real-world operations.

Regional Affairs Officer, Strategic Planner - Middle East & North Africa - US Special Operations Command

Board selected. RAOs have extensive experience in a designated region and use their knowledge of culture, history, sociology, economics, politics and geography to help senior officials at the national and strategic level understand the complex human environment in that specific region.

Commanders Action Group - US Special Operations Command

Responsible to the Commander, US Special Operations Command, for the production of strategic and executive communication


M.A., Harvard University, 2010, Middle Eastern Studies

M.A., Marine Corps University, 2009, Military Studies

M.A., Troy University, 2006, Public Administration

B.A., University Massachusetts Boston, 1996, Political Science, Magna Cum Laude

Related Credentials


Research Contributions

Contributed and featured in, New Dawn: The Battles of Fallujah
Richard S. Lowry

Contributed and featured in, The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy and the Way Out of Afghanistan
Bing West

Awards and Decorations

Harvard Student Commencement Speaker Prize

Bronze Star Medal for operations in Afghanistan

Distinguished Graduate, top 10% of graduating class, Command and Staff College

Marine of the Year, Runner-up

NMC Commendation Medal with V as a company commander during the Battle of Fallujah, Iraq

Distinguished Graduate, Commandant’s Honor Roll and Meritorious Career Designation; #12 of 240, The Basic School

Magna Cum Laude, University of Massachusetts Boston

Graduated #1 from Officer Candidate School, First Marine Corps District

High School Student Youth Catholic Leadership Award

External Memberships and Associations

Boston College High School Alumni Association

UMass Boston Alumni Association

Military Officers Association of America 2002-2006

Troy University Alumni Association

Knights of Columbus

Harvard Alumni Association

News, Media, & Events


23rd International Seapower Symposium

Sep. 18, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Iran uses Palestine as its pawn

Dec. 26, 2017
Providence Journal
Article Publication

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