Center for Asia Pacific Strategy

Joseph Carrigan

Senior Fellow for Maritime Security
Captain (Ret.), United States Navy

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Captain (Retired) Joe Carrigan is the Senior Fellow for Maritime Security with the Center for Asia Pacific Security (CAPS). He retired from the United States Navy in June 2023 after 30 years of service.

Over the course of his career, Captain Carrigan served on six ships and commanded two of them: the guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54). He has deployed extensively across the Indo-Asia Pacific region and around the world including the Indian Ocean, Philippine Sea, East China Sea, South China Sea, Sea of Japan/East Sea, Yellow Sea/West Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf, Horn of Africa, North Atlantic, and Caribbean Sea.

Ashore, he served as an instructor in the NROTC Unit at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; in the Strategy and Policy Division (N51) of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; in the Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) of U.S. Central Command; in the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group; as a legislative fellow in the office of a United States Senator; as a speechwriter for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) of the Joint Staff; in the Theater Security Cooperation Directorate (N7) of the U.S. Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan; and as Deputy Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea in Seoul and Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea (ROK).

Most recently, for the last four years of his active duty service, Captain Carrigan served as the Senior Military Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy).

Captain Carrigan graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program. He earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College where he graduated with highest distinction.