Paul L. Muller, Select One

Col., U.S. Marine Corps

Military Professor National Security Affairs
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Col Paul L. Muller, USMC, joined the faculty in February 2015 following tours at Headquarters Marine Corps. A tank officer, he commanded units around the globe to include combat with Task Force Ripper in OPERATION DESERT STORM. His staff experience spans the J-3 Plans Officer for JTF-160 (OPERATION SEA SIGNAL), the G-5 at MARFORPAC, the Joint Staff J-5, the III MEF G-3 Exercises Officer, and the Director, J-5 Policy and Plans, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan in ENDURING FREEDOM. From 2008-09, he commanded the 1st Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island. Col Muller serves as the Senior U.S. Marine Corps Representative to the College.

Areas of Expertise

  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Command and Control
  • Desert Storm
  • Ground Warfare
  • Leadership
  • Littoral Warfare
  • Military Planning

Professional Highlights


Newport, RI

Senior U.S. Marine Corps Representative & Holland M. Smith Professor of Marine Expeditionary Warfare
Initially taught Joint Military Operations (Feb 2015 - Jun 2016)
Now teaching Leadership Concepts in the National Security Affairs Department

The Pentagon, Washington, DC

Secretary of the General Staff, Headquarters Marine Corps

Kabul, Afghanistan

Director, J-5 Strategy and Plans Division, HQ, U.S. Forces - Afghanistan

The Pentagon, Washington, DC

Service Planner; Plans, Policies and Operations Department, HQ Marine Corps

Parris Island, SC

Commanding Officer, 1st Recruit Training Battalion

Newport, RI

Student, College of Naval Warfare
Recipient, Steven B. Luce Award

Okinawa, Japan

Deputy Future Operations Officer / Exercises Officer, III Marine Expeditionary Force

The Pentagon, Washington, DC

Head, Coalition Operations Branch, J-5, The Joint Staff

Kaneohe, HI

Executive Officer, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines

Camp Smith, HI

Pacific Theater Policy & International Affairs Officer, G-5, Marine Corps Forces Pacific


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2008, National Security & Strategic Studies, with Distinction

B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, 1988, Electrical Engineering, with Merit

C.V. or Resume

Related Credentials

Southeast Asia Regional Affairs Officer (RAO)

Security Assistance Management Officer (CONUS)

Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit

Bronze Star

Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars

Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” device & four gold stars

Joint Service Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Combat Action Ribbon

Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

Stephen Bleeker Luce Award, U.S. Naval War College 

External Memberships and Associations

Marine Corps Association and Foundation

Naval War College Foundation

U.S. Naval Academy Foundation

U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
President, Rhode Island Chapter

Marine Corps Tankers Association

Veterans of Foreign Wars

National Rifle Association

Harley Owners Group

News, Media, & Events


U.S. Naval War College Graduation: November 2018

Nov. 14, 2018
12:00 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

The Year of the Gray Wolf: The Rise of Turkey’s New Ultranationalism

Jul. 16, 2018
War On The Rocks
Article Publication

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