Joseph Colby McAlexander

Military Professor Wargaming Department
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
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Cmdr. Colby McAlexander joined the War Gaming Department in July 2018 from PACFLT as a communications systems/cyber planner. Commissioned through NROTC at Texas A&M University, he holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in Military Operational Art & Science, National Security Strategies, with focused studies in Information Operations, and Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance from Air Command and Staff College. Operational tours: HSL-44; MNF-I; CDS-50; CTF-152; NCTAMSPAC. Staff tours: HSLWINGLANT DET SIG; FCC/C10F; CPF. Warfare designations: Information Dominance Warfare Officer; Naval Aviator. Certified Information Security Management, ISACA.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asymmetrical Warfare
  • COIN
  • Command and Control
  • Counterdrug Operations
  • Cyber Warfare
  • Information Operations
  • Joint Operations
  • Military Planning
  • National Security
  • Operational Warfare

Professional Highlights


N635 Communications Systems Plans Branch Chief, U.S. PACIFIC FLEET, Pearl Harbor, HI

Led CS / cyber planning efforts in direct support of fleet deliberate, crisis-action, and exercise plans for maritime, joint, allied operations, exercises, wargames, and various contingency operations within PACFLT AO.

Operations Officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific (NCTAMSPAC), Wahiawa, HI

Led the operation, maintenance, and management of C4I services in support of Pacific Fleet and Allied units, afloat and ashore, operating across the Pacific and Indian Ocean Areas of Operations.

N66 Division Officer, FLEETCYBERCOM / U.S TENTH FLEET, South Component, Norfolk, VA

Responsible for the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) of wide-range of Naval Communication enabling capabilities and shore station modernization.

Communication and Information Systems (N6) Department Head, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) FIFTY, CTF 55 and CTF 152.

Assisted Gulf Coalition Council (GCC) Naval Forces in command of CTF 152: established coalition network & satellite communications capabilities in their Operations Centers; advised in maritime security operations, battle watch, interoperable communications planning, & coalition C5I procedures.

Communication and Information Systems (N6) Department Head, Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Norfolk, VA

Provisioned a 24/7 end-to-end C4I and Information Operations technology support, encompassing messaging systems, telephony, VTC, web services, and 6 network enclaves.

Chief of Computer Network Defense (CND) / Information Assurance (IA), Multi-National Forces – Iraq (MNF-I), Joint Network Control Center – Iraq (JNCC-I)


Navy IO Red & Blue Teams Department Head, Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Norfolk, VA

Provided Information Operations (IO), to include cyber security, Fleet Assessments and Fleet Training, globally.

Officer-In-Charge of Commander, HSL Wing, Detachment Sigonella, Sicily, Italy.

Supported Atlantic Fleet Helicopter Detachments and the ships they embarked, deployed to the Naval Europe and Central Command Areas of Operations.

Sqaudron SAR Officer / Detachment Operations Officer, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light (HSL) Four Four, Mayport, FL

Deployments include: USS Halyburton (FFG-40), East Pacific Counter Drug Operations / UNITAS (February–August, 2001); USS Yorktown (CG-48), Nobel Eagle (August 2001); and USS Briscoe (DD-977), Operation Iraqi Freedom, Liberation of Iraq Campaign (December 2002–May 2003).


M.M.A.S., Air Command and Staff College, National Security Studies

B.S., Texas A&M University, Computer Science, Minor: Management Information Systems

Related Credentials

Certified Information Security Management, ISACA

Research Contributions and Publications

"Hearts and Minds Historical Counterinsurgency Lessons to Guide the War of Ideas in the Global War on Terrorism,"
LCDR Joseph C. McAlexander IV, Air Command and Staff College, The Wright Flyer Papers [2007 / AU Press Code: WF-29]

Awards and Decorations

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medals

Navy Commendation Medals

Navy Achievement Medals

Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden Information Operations Award
Air Command and Staff College Class of 2006, for Research

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