Elections 2020Sep 29, 2020
Five big questions as America votes: Middle East
By Middle East Programs
In every US presidential election since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Middle East and North Africa has been a top foreign policy issue. The 2020 presidential election is no different.
MENASourceAug 13, 2020
American force posture needs to be better aligned to national security interests in an affordable way
By John W. Miller
It is time to more thoughtfully align national security policy with a force structure and acquisition paradigm that America can afford to the force posture that American security interests require.
Vice Admiral (Ret.) John W. Miller was a nonresident senior fellow in the Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council, and a consultant, policy advisor, and speaker based in Washington, DC. In 2015, Miller retired from the US Navy after serving as the Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command; Commander, Combined Maritime Forces; and Commander, US Fifth Fleet.
Miller was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1980. He accumulated more than 3,500 flight hours and 1,000 carrier arrested landings in the F-14 Tomcat. From 1990 to 1991, Miller was a White House Fellow as special assistant to the administrator of NASA. In addition to Fifth Fleet, Miller held numerous commands in the US Navy including: VF-142, VF-101, USS Dubuque (LPD 8), USS Juneau (LPD 10), USS Constellation (CV 64), USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), Carrier Strike Group 11, and the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center. After promotion to Rear Admiral, Miller spent a considerable amount of time focusing on the Middle East, serving as Deputy Commander to US Naval Forces Central Command/United States Fifth Fleet and Deputy Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy (J5); Chief of Staff, US Central Command, and Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command/US Fifth Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces. In 2015, Miller received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.
Miller also serves as a highly qualified expert and senior mentor to the US Naval War College, providing advice and expertise to the US Navy on a wide range of operational and educational subjects. Miller is an active member of the US Naval Academy Foundation Board of Trustees, and president of the American Bahrain Friendship Society. His commentary and analysis has appeared in Fox News, Defense News, the Hill, the New York Times, and ABC News, among others.
Miller received his BS from the United States Naval Academy, is a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval War College, and holds an MA in international relations from Salve Regina University.