CDR Daniel G. Straub, USN
Senior Military Fellow, United States Navy
Commander Dan Straub grew up in Womelsdorf, PA, graduated from Conrad Weiser High School, and joined the Navy in 1983. CDR Straub earned his Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree from Boston University, and a PhD from Naval Postgraduate School.
Afloat tours include serving as a Fire Control Technician on USS MANITOWOC (LST-1180). He was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 1991. After 13 years enlisted service, CDR Straub was commissioned 1996 and reported to USS FORD (FFG 54) as First Lieutenant. He also served aboard USS ARCTIC (AOE 8) as Damage Control Assistant; aboard USS SHOUP (DDG 86) as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer; and aboard USS INGRAHAM (FFG 61) as Executive Officer and subsequently as Commanding Officer.
His shore tours include: Assistant Professor NROTC Boston University; Executive Officer, Afloat Training Group, Pacific Northwest, charged with operational and combat training for 7 U.S. Navy ships and 15 U. S. Coast Guard Cutters; and Naval Postgraduate School as a Doctoral Candidate in National Security Affairs.
While in command of USS INGRAHAM (FFG 61) he executed a Combating-Transnational Organized Crime deployment in support of Operation Martillo, during which INGRAHAM was responsible for the capture of nine drug smuggling vessels, apprehension of 29 suspects, and 11,937 kg of cocaine valued at $561M. Additionally, while deployed, INGRAHAM participated in UNITAS, SIFOREX, & played a critical role in Fourth Fleet Theater Security Cooperation activities. Commander Straub’s most recent assignment was as Commanding Officer of USS MONTGOMERY (LCS 8) BLUE Crew. While in command of MONTGOMERY he went through the pre-commissioning process, commissioned the ship, and sailed her from Mobile, AL through the Panama Canal to her homeport of San Diego, CA.
Commander Straub has deployed to the Atlantic, Pacific, & Indian oceans, the Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Sea, South China Sea, and Arabian Gulf, among other places. Commander Straub’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (7 Awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 Awards), and various command and campaign awards
Recent Publications & News
Here's How Private Contractors Can Help Win the Afghan War
By CDR Daniel G. Straub, USN
Course Correction: The Navy Needs to Invest in People, Not Just Platforms
By CDR Daniel G. Straub, USN & Dr. Patrick M. Cronin