James Strock

Independent Consultant
25th Annual Expeditionary Warfare Conference

James N. Strock was commissioned in 1971 and retired from active duty in 2000.  He commanded two rifle companies, a combat service support detachment, and a transportation support battalion.  His staff assignments included service at 1st Marine Division G-4; the Installations and Logistics Department, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps; the Maintenance Policy Directorate, Office of the Secretary of Defense; the Joint Training and Doctrine Division, U.S. Atlantic Command; and the Marine Corps Combat Development Command where he served as Chief of Staff.  He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University, and he earned a Master of Arts in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University and a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. 


As Chief of Staff of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, he was the principal architect of materiel readiness, deployment support, sustainment, and force regeneration concepts for Marine Corps logistics doctrinal development.  He co-authored the Seabased Logistics concept document, and he participated in the development of the Maritime Prepositioning Force (Future) concept and associated requirements documents.

As a transportation support battalion commander, he commanded an 1,100-member task force that developed and executed plans for employment of a maritime prepositioned equipment throughput monitoring network and an offshore petroleum discharge bulk fuel transfer system in the Republic of Korea.  As operations officer of 3d Force Service Support Group in Okinawa, Japan, he developed plans for a theater-level logistics organization to support Marine forces deployed to the Pacific Rim.


He served as a Marine Combat Cargo Officer on the USS DURHAM (LKA-114) and became qualified as Officer of the Deck underway and as a Combat Information Center watch officer.


While employed by Logistics Management Institute 2000-2002, he was involved with seabasing concept development, Maritime Prepositioning Force (Future) concept of operations development, and naval expeditionary logistics science and technology strategic plan development.  He also participated in partnership for peace logistics assessments and information exchanges in the former Soviet Union.


He entered federal service in 2002 and served as the Director, Seabasing Integration Division, Headquarters Marine Corps Combat Development and Integration, where he developed Marine Corps required seabasing capabilities within amphibious ships, maritime prepositioning ships, assault craft, and joint high-speed vessel programs. 


He retired from federal service in 2015 and now works as an independent consultant specializing in naval expeditionary operations and associated shipbuilding required capabilities.