Captain McGrath is a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer currently serving as a military professor in joint military operations at the Naval War College. He has served in a variety of ship types and operational staff positions and commanded Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Seven in Agana, Guam.

Articles by James P. McGrath

Battle of Savo Island

Reversal of Fortune

By Captain James P. McGrath III, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2021
How the bitter defeat at the Battle of Savo Island in 1942 inspired a tactical reset that led to U.S. Pacific victories in 1943.

Engineer-Warriors or Engineers and Warriors?

By Captain James P. McGrath, U.S. Navy
January 2019
The Navy must find a way to balance tactical and technical proficiency in its officers. It is essential to understand how the surface community arrived at its current generalist format ...