Rear Adm. Michael McDevitt, (retired)
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 NEWSJuly 18, 2018
Michael McDevitt writes in chapter 7, “On any given day, the PLA Navy (PLAN) has an average of between 4-5 warships (including on occasion a submarine) and two support vessels, organized into two independent Task Forces, operating somewhere in the Indian Ocean.”
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation: “Policy Recommendations by the Quadripartite Commission on the Indian Ocean Regional Security”July 18, 2018
Nilanthi Samaranayake and Michael McDevitt participated in the International Conference on Security of the Indian Ocean Region and contributed to policy recommendations for a more stable security environment in the region.
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation: “Policy Recommendations by the Quadripartite Commission on the Indian Ocean Regional Security”
Michael McDevitt says, “What vital U.S. interest has been compromised? Shipping continues uninterrupted, the U.S. continues to ignore… their requirement for prior approval, our MDT with Manila remains in force…”
CIMSEC: “False Assumptions May Lead to Counterproductive U.S. Policy in the South China Sea”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 DialogueApril 17, 2018
Michael McDevitt says, "China is pursuing a 'places, not bases,' strategy."
Foreign Policy: "One Belt, One Road, One Happy Chinese Navy"
Center for Strategic Studies
Great Power Competition in the Indian Ocean: The Past As Prologue?
Becoming a Great "Maritime Power": A Chinese Dream
The South China Sea: Assessing U.S. Policy and Options for the Future
Maritime Security Issues in East Asia: CNA Maritime Asia Project: Workshop Four (U)
The Long Littoral Project: Summary Report