James Kraska is a Commander in the United States Navy and professor of international law at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC), teaching in the areas of international law, law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, oceans law and policy and Arctic law and policy. He designed and taught the course, Global Maritime Security and International Law, as well as Naval Operational Law. 
Previously, he has been include oceans policy adviser for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he served he represented the armed forces at the National Security Council and International Maritime Organization, and was the principal Pentagon contributor to the National Security Presidential Directive-66, Arctic Region Policy.
Commander Kraska also served as Deputy Legal Adviser to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations; international law attorney in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General for International and Operational Law, legal adviser for the Expeditionary Strike Group, Amphibious Force, United States Seventh Fleet, legal adviser to Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West, the Department of Defense task force for counterdrug intelligence activities and operations in Asia; and as a criminal litigator for court-martial in Yokosuka, Japan.
Education and Professional Affiliations
- post-doctoral fellowship in Naval Oceanography and National Security, served in residence at the Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic, where he serves as a Guest Investigator.
- candidate for the degree Doctor of Juridical Science, University of Virginia Law School, where he *Master of Laws, University of Virginia Law School
- Doctor of Jurisprudence, Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington) *Master of Arts in International Studies from the School of Politics & Economics at Claremont Graduate School. An elected
- member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy
- Operational Law Syllabus, U.S. Naval War College, 11 March 2009
- James Kraska and Brian Wilson (11 March 2009), "China wages maritime "lawfare"", Foreign Policy
- James Kraska (28 April 2009), The Report on the U.S. Naval War College Workshop on Somali Piracy: Fresh Thinking for an Old Threat