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Admiral Cecil Haney: China’s Doctrines on Space, Cyberwarfare and its Nuclear Program

  • 10 Jan 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


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China continues to advance in so many areas including its Belt and Road initiative.  That effort is supported by a growing military capability that is not restricted to terrestrial earth as China is making significant investments and has sophisticated capability in both space and cyber space.  At the same time China has significant capability in its nuclear arsenal which it continues to modernize while also pursuing hypersonic glide vehicles.  Giving Chinese doctrine associated with these trends, is the United States, its allies and key partners doing enough?


Cecil Eugene Diggs Haney (born December 1, 1955), is a retired United States Navy admiral who previously served as Commander, United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) from November 15, 2013 through November 3, 2016. Prior to STRATCOM, he served as Commander, United States Pacific Fleet. He received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.

Haney was born and raised in Washington DC, graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1978, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering. He holds master's degrees in Engineering Acoustics and System Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a master's degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.

Haney completed operational assignments in USS John C. Calhoun in various division officer assignments and in USS Frank Cable, where he completed surface warfare qualifications while serving as radiological controls officer. He served as engineer in USS Hyman G. Rickover, executive officer in USS Asheville, and assistant squadron deputy at Submarine Squadron 8 before taking command of USS Honolulu in June 1996. Haney commanded Submarine Squadron 1 from June 2002 to July 2004, and Submarine Group 2 from October 2006 to March 2008.

Haney's shore duty tours include administrative assistant for enlisted affairs at Naval Reactors, and congressional appropriations liaison officer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Comptroller); Deputy Chief of Staff of Plans, Policies and Requirements, U.S. Pacific Fleet (N5N8); and director, Submarine Warfare Division (N87); director, Naval Warfare Integration Group (N00X) and deputy commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

He assumed his assignment as Commander, United States Pacific Fleet on January 20, 2012. He relinquished command of the U. S. Strategic Command on November 3, 2016 to General John E. Hyten. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors at General Dynamics .

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