An intelligence officer, cavalryman and former enlisted airborne infantryman, LTC Craig Martin earned his commission from Texas A&M University in 1997. Following the Intelligence officer basic course, he spent his formative years with armored formations in the 1st Cavalry Division preparing for future conflicts with near-peer competitors. He has commanded in combat at the Company and Battalion level, leading units in multiple tours to Kuwait and Baghdad, Iraq. LTC Martin has extensive Combined Arms and Joint Task Force experience. Duty with warfighting units include: the 82nd Airborne Division; 1st Armored Division (two tours); 1st Infantry Division; 1st Cavalry Division (two tours); the IIIrd Armored Corps; as well as a tour with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). He has also served an operational tour in Bosnia, advised Iraqi Infantry Soldiers in combat before and during “The Surge”, and served as a CJTF planner in RC East, Afghanistan. Prior to his assignment as a War College Fellow, LTC Martin was the Battalion Commander for the Headquarters Battalion, IIIrd Corps and Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).
LTC Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University, a Master of Arts in Security Studies from Kansas State University, and a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). He has completed Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training, U.S. Army Airborne and Jumpmaster schools.
His SAMS Monograph, Assessing the Impact of Strategic Culture on Chinese Regional Security Policies in South Asia, examined current leading Western international relations theories and their functional equivalence to the proposed strategic culture paradigms which purportedly influence China’s strategic leaders.
Happily married, he and his wife are proud parents of three children and have enjoyed raising them and their sedentary mutt “Lucky” in Georgetown, Texas. A semi-ardent runner, he has seriously considered running a full marathon but has settled for running two halves. He closely follows college football and is especially fond of his Fightin’ Texas Aggies.