John W. Miller

Vice Admiral John W. “Fozzie” Miller, USN (Ret) is a consultant, policy advisor, and speaker based in Washington, D.C. In 2015, Miller retired from the U.S. Navy after serving as the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, which he concurrently served as Commander, Combined Maritime Forces and Commander, U.S. 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 1990-91, Miller was a White House Fellow as special assistant to the administrator of NASA. Prior to serving as a White House Fellow, he was assigned as the Leadership Section Head at the U.S. Naval Academy. Miller held numerous commands in the U.S. 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 U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/United States Fifth Fleet and Deputy Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy (J5); Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command, and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces. In 2015, Miller received the Distinguished Service Medal. He has appeared in Fox News, Defense News, the New York Times, as well as ABC News.


Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy; Distinguished Graduate, Naval War College; M.A. in International Relations, Salve Regina University

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Issues of Expertise

National Security, Maritime, U.S. Foreign Policy

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