Sean Liedman

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program

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Sean Liedman is an Adjunct Fellow in the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security.  He is concurrently the Founder and President of Eagle Strategy, Inc., a professional consulting services firm specializing in national security strategy, defense industry strategic planning, and military transformation.  

Sean is a retired Navy Captain and career Naval Flight Officer.  He commanded Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) and then Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN (CPRW-11), where he led the transformation to the Navy’s newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft in the P-8A “Poseidon” and the MQ-4C “Triton” Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).   His staff assignments include two tours in the Air Warfare Division on the Chief of Naval Operation’s staff as the Deputy Executive Assistant and then Maritime Branch Head and P-8A “Poseidon” Requirements Officer.  Additionally, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command from 2005 to 2007 during Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM.    Liedman was selected to represent the Navy in two prestigious fellowships. He served as the Navy Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University during the 2010-2011 academic year where he focused on resetting U.S. defense strategy on the heels of the counterinsurgency (COIN) campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He also served as the Navy Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York during the 2015-2016 academic year, where he wrote extensively on the resurgence of the Russian Navy and the geo-political situation in the South China Sea.  He has been awarded a Bachelor Degree (with honors) in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Masters Degrees (with honors) in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.  His military awards include two Legions of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, and four Air Medals, one with Combat ‘V’. 

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