Joseph J. McGraw, Select One

Military Professor Joint Military Operations Department
Col., U.S. Army
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COL Joe McGraw is a Special Forces, Army officer currently serving as a military faculty member in the Joint Military Operations department. Additionally, COL McGraw co-teaches several electives at the Naval War College to include Military Deception, Special Operations at the Strategic Level and Advanced Studies in Special Operations Forces. COL McGraw is a member of the Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups and a coordinator for the upcoming Office of Net Assessment summer study at West Point.

Areas of Expertise

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

Professional Highlights


Assessed and Selected for US Army Special Forces


Commander, Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 153

Deployed and Commanded SFODA 153 in operations in JSOTF-P

Recorder, Department of the Army Secretariat for Centralized Selection Boards


Student, Naval Postgraduate School


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


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

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

Director, Advanced Special Operations Techniques, Special Operations Command


Deputy Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines


Commander, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group

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

Military Faculty, Joint Military Operations Department, Naval War College


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

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

C.V. or Resume

Research Contributions and Publications

Co-Author, The Sovereignty Solution, NIP 2011

Awards and Decorations

Admiral Thomas R. Weschler Award
Naval War College, 2017

News, Media, & Events

VIDEO: 45 Seconds on Honor, Courage and Commitment

Jul. 08, 2019
News Publication

Starship Poseidon Summer STEM Camp

Jul. 14, 2019
3:00 p.m.
Naval Station, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Treat Guantanamo Detainees in the United States

May. 21, 2019
Defense One
Article Publication

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