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Captain Joseph A. Gagliano
Commodore

Click for high resolutionCaptain Joseph A. Gagliano is a surface warfare officer, naval strategist, and politico-military specialist.

In the surface warfare community, he commanded USS INDEPENDENCE (LCS 2), served as the Combat Systems Officer and Weapons Control Officer onboard USS COLE (DDG 67), and served as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, Communications Officer, Auxiliaries Officer and Strike Officer onboard USS LABOON (DDG 58).
Within the naval strategy and politico-military communities, Captain Gagliano served as the Director for Defense Policy and Strategy for the National Security Council at the White House. He also served as a strategist on the Joint Staff in the Asia Political-Military Affairs Directorate. On the Navy Staff, he served as the strategic planning team leader for N00X, strategic planning team leader for the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, and strategic planner in N3/N5 Deep Blue.


Captain Gagliano holds a PhD and master’s degree in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he studied international political theory and security studies. He holds a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College and a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy. He was awarded visiting fellowships with St. Antony’s College and Pembroke College at Oxford University. Captain Gagliano is the author of three research books: Between Allied and Alone: Alliance Decision-Making Factors in the South China Sea (Routledge, 2019), Shiphandling Fundamentals for the Littoral Combat Ship and New Frigates (Naval Institute Press, 2015), and Congressional Policymaking in Sino-U.S. Relations during the Post-Cold War Era (Routledge, 2014).