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Mike Studeman

National Security Fellow

Mike Studeman, the former Commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence and a retired rear admiral, is one of our nation’s leading national security professionals, with extensive global experience in intelligence, foreign policy, and defense matters. He is an internationally recognized expert on Asian affairs, with deep expertise on China.  

Studeman has led intelligence operations at every level, from the tactical to the strategic, and in Navy, joint, national, and interagency assignments. He supported combat operations ranging from Desert Storm to the Balkans to Afghanistan. He also contributed to a range of counterterrorism, counter-narcotics, and counter-proliferation operations. Additionally, Studeman helped formulate strategies and execute operations to deal with challenges from Iran, North Korea, Russia, and China.  

Studeman’s senior joint assignments as a flag officer include three years as the Director of Intelligence (J2) for the nation’s largest combatant command, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. His first flag position was as Director of Intelligence (J2) for U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Florida. 

Appointed by President Bush as a White House Fellow in 2005, Studeman went on to become the only officer ever to serve as Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, and U.S. Fleet Forces Commander. He also held major command posts as a captain, including commanding the Joint Intelligence Operations Center for U.S. Cyber Command. 

Studeman’s alma mater is the College of William and Mary. He is an honors graduate in Mandarin Chinese from the Defense Language Institute, a distinguished graduate of the National War College, and a distinguished graduate in Asian Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. Studeman is married to his college sweetheart and is the proud father of two boys.