Government Fellow Geneva Centre for Security Policy
Captain James E. Fanell retired from the U.S. Navy in January 2015
concluding a nearly 30 year career as a naval intelligence officer
specialising in Indo-Asia Pacific security affairs, with an emphasis on
the Chinese navy and its operations. His most recent assignment was as
the Director of Intelligence and Information Operations for the U.S.
Throughout his career he served in a variety of
afloat and ashore assignments across the Pacific region, highlighted by
tours as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence for the U.S.
Seventh Fleet aboard the USS Blue Ridge, the Office of Naval
Intelligence China Senior Intelligence Officer, and as the Senior
Intelligence Officer for the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier strike
group, then forward deployed to Japan.
He was a National
Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University
where he studied Chinese national political and security affairs. Mr.
Fanell holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from San Diego
State University, a M.A. in History from the University of Hawaii, and
was a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College where
he received a M.A. in Military Science.
Jim Fanell is also a
public speaker most notably at the AFCEA West / U.S. Naval Institute’s
panels on China in 2013 and 2014. He also has published works in the
Naval Intelligence Professionals NIP Quarterly, U.S. Naval Institute
Proceedings and the Hoover Digest. He is married to Cornelia Fanell and
currently resides in Switzerland.
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