Rear Adm. Michael McDevitt, (retired)
Senior Fellow

BIOGRAPHY

Rear Adm. Michael McDevitt focuses on U.S. security issues in East Asia. He founded CNA's Strategic Studies division in 2000, and since stepping down as a Vice President in 2012 has been active as a Senior Fellow, leading several major projects related to maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas and China's ambition to become a "great" maritime power. He also developed a major project that analyzed significant security issues along the entire Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean littoral from a maritime perspective. His other expertise includes strategy, war planning and naval operations worldwide.

During his 34-year naval career, McDevitt held four at-sea commands, including command of an aircraft carrier battle group. He spent all of his operational time in the Pacific, including a two-year assignment in Sasebo, Japan. McDevitt was Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group Fellow at the Naval War College and has been the Director of the East Asia Policy Office for the Secretary of Defense. He also served as the Director for Strategy, War Plans and Policy (J-5) for U.S. CINCPAC. McDevitt concluded his active-duty career as the Commandant of the National War College in Washington, D.C.

McDevitt holds an M.A. in American Diplomatic History from Georgetown University and a B.A. in U.S. History from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the National War College.


RECENT NEWS

June 8, 2018

According to the CNA report, The South China Sea: Assessing US Policy and Options for the Future “China resolved the sovereignty dispute with the Philippines over Scarborough Shoal in 2012 when it established control over the shoal. Again, it is unlikely to relinquish it.”

The Manila Times: “Two Aquinos Lost Us Philippine Territory, Marcos Acquired Territory”

May 4, 2018

Eric Thompson, Rear Adm. Michael McDevitt, Satu Limaye, Nilanthi Samaranayake, and Adm. William Fallon attend a bilateral discussion on power-plays and responses of the U.S., China, India, and Japan within the Indo-Pacific.

National Maritime Foundation: 9th NMF-CNA Bilateral Dialogue

April 17, 2018

Michael McDevitt says, "China is pursuing a 'places, not bases,' strategy."

Foreign Policy: "One Belt, One Road, One Happy Chinese Navy"

April 12, 2018

Michael McDevitt says, "The Soviets sought naval access arrangements with nations around the western Indian Ocean, just as China is doing today."

CNA: "Is the Past Prologue in the Indian Ocean?"

April 12, 2018

A new CNA analysis looks back at the Cold War to gain insights on the future of the Indian Ocean. Read more.

March 7, 2018

Michael McDevitt, Catherine Lea, Douglas Jackson, and Nilanthi Samaranayake participated in the 5th Annual RSIS-CNA Workshop on East Asian Maritime Issues in Singapore.

RSIS: "Indo-Pacific Maritime Issues: Connectivity, Balance and Cooperation"