Upon returning to the United States, he was assigned to VF-213, an F-14 Squadron based in Virginia Beach, VA. Graham served as an airstrike planner and supervised a team of imagery analysts. While with the squadron, he deployed to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation DESERT FOX, where the primary mission was to strike military targets in Iraq that contributed to its ability to produce, store, maintain and deliver weapons of mass destruction. Upon completion of his deployment, Graham returned home to the United States, resigning his commission from the Navy as a Lieutenant in 1999.
After his time in service, Graham went to work as a defense contractor, supporting the US Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) writing future concepts about what the future of warfare and the DoD could look like. It was there that he honed his skills in long-term strategy development and decision making, creating high-level conceptual constructs on a grand scale. After his time supporting USJFCOM, Graham led and managed strategic business development efforts at DC-based R&D company Logos Technologies to expedite the introduction of disruptive surveillance and reconnaissance products and technologies into DoD and the Intelligence Community. He learned more about contracting, procurement and strategic business development while working to incorporate new technologies into solutions to meet the needs of today’s warfighters.