Rear Adm. Michael Studeman is the son of a career naval officer and a 1988 graduate of the College of William and Mary. He is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, an honors graduate in Mandarin Chinese from the Defense Language Institute, and a distinguished graduate of the National War College.
At sea, Studeman served as air intelligence officer for the VA-35 Black Panthers on USS Saratoga (CV-60) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was also assistant staff intelligence officer for the U.S. 7th Fleet on USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) and the assistant chief of staff for intelligence (N2) for Carrier Strike Group 8 on USS Eisenhower (CVN-69) supporting Operation Enduring Freedom deployments.
Ashore, Studeman led analytic divisions at the Fleet Ocean Surveillance Facility, Rota, Spain, in support of Balkan operations. He was also the first chief of the Pacific Command Studies Team, Joint Intelligence Operations Center, Hawaii; the first senior intelligence officer for China, Office of Naval Intelligence; and first director, Commander’s Initiative Group, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Washington tours include White House Fellow, special assistant to the chief of intelligence of the Department of Homeland Security, strategic issues lead for the Navy’s Quadrennial Defense Review Team, director of Navy Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance concepts, special assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, director of Navy Unmanned Airborne Systems, special assistant to the chief of naval operations and director, Strategic Actions Group.
Studeman commanded the Hopper Information Services Center in Suitland, Maryland, and Joint Intelligence Operations Center, U.S. Cyber Command, in Fort Meade, Maryland.
Studeman is currently director of intelligence (J2) for U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Florida.