He attended Louisiana Salle College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1958 to 1959, then entered the United States Naval Academy in 1959, graduating in June 1963. He later attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, from which he received a master"s degree in international relations in 1969, a master"s degree in international law and diplomacy in 1970, and a doctorate in political science in 1971. He then attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, graduating with distinction in 1972.
His career included service in destroyers during the Cold War, two tours as executive assistant to senior military leaders, and a tour as President of the Naval War College. In 1962, he was an exchange officer aboard the Argentine Navy training ship Libertad, a tall ship, and was aboard her on her maiden voyage, during which she visited four continents. Strasser served aboard the destroyer United States Ship Buck (Doctor of Divinity-761) from 1964 to 1966.
During his career, Strasser was commanding officer of the frigate United States Ship O"Callahan (FF-1051) from 11 October 1977 to 19 October 1979, and later of Destroyer Squadron 35, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 3, and the United States Ship Enterprise (CVN-65) Carrier Battle Group.
Strasser also was a battalion officer at the United States. Naval Academy, later served two tours on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Strategy, Plans, and Policy Division, and was executive assistant to the Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Command, and executive assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral William J. Crowe, traveling around much of the world with Crowe during the assignment. Strasser"s penultimate tour was as Commander of Cruiser-Destroyer Group 3, embarked aboard the guided-missile cruiser United States Ship Valley Forge (CG-50).
Relieved of this command on 6 July 1990, he moved on to become the 46th President of the Naval War College from 17 July 1990 to 29 June 1995. Upon the conclusion of his college presidency, Strasser retired from the Navy after 32 years of service.
In retirement, Strasser was on the staff of Pennsylvania State University from 1995 to 2000, first as campus executive officer at the Penn State DuBois campus at DuBois, Pennsylvania, from 1995 to 1997 and then as the first dean of the university"s Commonwealth College, the university"s largest college.
He then was the Executive Director of the Naval War College Foundation in Newport, Rhode Island, from 2000 to 2006. He was a director of Sturm, Ruger and Company, Incorporated., from August 2005 to February 2006, and from 1998 through at least 2010 served on the board of directors of United Services Automobile Association.