Following graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Prof McCabe circumnavigated the globe before becoming a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer. As a US Navy SWO, he was assigned to various afloat and ashore commands as well as US Embassies in the USSOUTHCOM AOR. Upon retiring from active duty in 2005, Prof McCabe accepted a position on the National Security Decision Making Department faculty. In 2004, he assumed the duties of the Latin American Studies Group. In addition to faculty teaching and research responsibilities, Professor McCabe travels extensively throughout the world promoting strong strategic and maritime partnerships with partner nations of the United States.