Vice Admiral Cecil D. Haney will speak at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the Creighton University Asian World Center Distinguished Lecture Series. He will share his views on what the US Navy’s maritime strategy is in Asia as the People’s Republic of China and American (Sino-American) relations enter a new era filled with today’s complex global challenges.
Haney is currently deputy commander of the U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, in Nebraska. He was recently nominated by President Obama to lead the U.S. Pacific Fleet as its 60th Commander-in-Chief.
China’s maiden voyage of its first aircraft carrier a few weeks ago, garnered much attention in the West. Also China has made no secret that it recently developed several new weapon systems. At the same time, the recent focus by the US on long-range strike capabilities suggests a shift in operational and strategic thinking triggered by China’s anti-access strategies aimed at keeping US forces at a distance.
Earlier in his career, Haney commanded the Pearl Harbor-based submarine, USS Honolulu, and headed a submarine squadron. He also served as deputy chief of staff to the Pacific Fleet commander. The Pacific Fleet includes about 180 ships and 125,000 sailors, Marines and civilians.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering. He earned masters degrees in Engineering Acoustics and System Technology, and National Security Strategy.