CDR Michael Nordeen


Commander Michael Nordeen, representing the U.S. Navy, is a National Security Affairs Fellow for the academic year 2017-­‐2018 at the Hoover Institution.

Commander Michael Nordeen is the former Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron TWO ONE ONE assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. He has served multiple operational tours flying combat missions in F-­‐14 and F-­‐18 aircraft and has been awarded six air medals, one with combat valor. His staff tours include aide-­‐de-­‐camp to the Commander of United States Central Command and naval analyst on the 2013 Defense Strategic Choices and Management Review and the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review.

Commander Nordeen is a Distinguished graduate of West Point with a degree in mechanical engineering, holds a master's degree in International Economics from Saint Petersburg State University, Russia where he previously studied as an Olmsted Scholar, and an MBA with Greatest Distinction from Vlerick Business School.

Commander Nordeen’s research interests include innovation in the defense industry and the contribution of economic strength to national defense.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Cyber-Luddites Are At It Again

by CDR Michael Nordeenvia Real Clear Defense
Monday, March 5, 2018

Defense News recently reported that the Department of Defense (DoD) is considering a cell phone ban at the Pentagon. The report further suggests a potential ban could include other wearables and other locations. Simply stated, a ban of this type should be considered highly inadvisable, and even the discussion of it should be considered suspect. 

Analysis and Commentary

With Russia, Try Try Again

by CDR Michael Nordeenvia Real Clear Defense
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ambassador Huntsman continues to face a daunting portfolio as he hits his stride managing a strained relationship with Moscow - sophisticated interference in democratic elections, global information operations, probing cyber-attacks, support to the Assad regime in Syria, clear culpability in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, military aggression in their near-abroad, the murder of regime critics under questionable circumstances, and general spoiling of international attempts within the United Nations to address global issues.  

Analysis and Commentary

North Korea's Latest Missile Test Sends China A Clear Message

by CDR Michael Nordeenvia The Hill
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

North Korea has tested another missile and initial indications suggest that it has the technical capability of reaching Washington, D.C.

Analysis and Commentary

Otherworldly Effort Needed To Render ICBMs Useless

by CDR Michael Nordeenvia The Hill
Friday, September 29, 2017

A troubling consensus is forming among foreign policy elites: The world must accept a nuclear armed North Korea.  This consensus follows on the heels of the Iran nuclear deal that essentially assures that nation of a viable nuclear weapons program as well within a decade or sooner. 

Analysis and Commentary

Protect The Supercarrier And Protect The Free World

by CDR Michael Nordeenvia The Hill
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

When global challenges rise to crisis levels, the president of the United States asks, “Where are the aircraft carriers?”