Joseph J. McGraw

Associate Professor Joint Military Operations Department
Col., U.S. Army, Retired
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Professor Joe McGraw serves in the Joint Military Operations department and co-teaches several electives including military deception, special operations at the strategic level and advanced studies in special operations forces. He is a member of NWC’s Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups and a coordinator for the upcoming Office of Net Assessment summer study at West Point. A career special forces Army officer, he recently retired as colonel.

Areas of Expertise

  • Counterterrorism
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Military Planning
  • Operational Warfare
  • Special Operations
  • Terrorism

Professional Highlights


Military Faculty, Joint Military Operations Department, Naval War College


Commander, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group

Commanded Special Operations Task Force Southwest and Special Operations Task Force West in Helmand/Herat Afghanistan

Deputy Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines


Director, Advanced Special Operations Techniques, Special Operations Command


Commander, Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group

Commanded and Deployed Advanced Operating Base 1320 to Diyala Iraq in OIF

Operations Officer, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group


Student, Naval Postgraduate School


Recorder, Department of the Army Secretariat for Centralized Selection Boards


Commander, Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 153

Deployed and Commanded SFODA 153 in operations in JSOTF-P

Assessed and Selected for US Army Special Forces


M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 2007, Defense Analysis

B.S., USMA, 1994, Mechanical Engineering (Aero)

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Research Contributions and Publications

Awards and Decorations

Admiral Thomas R. Weschler Award
Naval War College, 2017

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