Rear Admiral Michael Studeman, Commander, Office of Naval Intelligence

Rear Admiral Michael Studeman

Commander, Office of Naval Intelligence

Michael Studeman is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. He also graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School, an honors graduate in Mandarin Chinese from the Defense Language Institute, and a distinguished graduate of the National War College.

His career has been in areas of intelligence. He was an intelligence officer for attack Squadron 35, Black Panthers onboard USS Saratoga during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  He served as intelligence officer for the Seventh Fleet onboard USS Blue Ridge, and was assistant chief of staff for intelligence with Carrier Strike Group 8 on board USS Eisenhower in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Studeman has focused on China as the first Director of Pacific Command’s China Red Team at the Joint Intelligence Operations Center in Hawaii. He was the first senior intelligence officer for China at the Office of Naval Intelligence and the first director of the Commander’s Initiative Group at U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He has commanded joint intelligence operations at Fort Meade, Maryland, and at Southern Command in Miami Florida.  He was director of intelligence at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command out of Honolulu, Hawaii. 

He assumed command of the Office of Naval Intelligence and Director of National Maritime Intelligence Integration Office in August 2022. 

In the News…

Rear Admiral Michael Studeman, the head of America’s Office of Naval Intelligence, said the Communist nation of China represents the world’s number one challenge this century as it builds its military might and influence across the Pacific. 

In China’s crosshairs is the tiny island of Taiwan, and China’s military sent a “loud wakeup call” to the U.S. and its allies in August with a large and unprecedented military drill simulating a blockage of Taiwan, signs of a probable Chinese invasion, Studeman said. 

“The Chinese outward expansionism of influence and presence is scaring and destabilizing an entire region,” he warned. 


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