Episode 10: China’s (Civilian) Maritime Power

Episode 10: China’s (Civilian) Maritime Power

Isaac Kardon, The U.S. Naval War College



Mike Dahm

Bio: Mike Dahm is a retired Naval Intelligence Officer who has focused on China since 2006 when he served as Chief of Intelligence Plans for China at U.S Indo-Pacific Command and stood up the commander’s China Strategic Focus Group. He went on to serve as the Assistant Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China before retiring from the Office of Naval Intelligence as the Senior Naval Intelligence Officer for China.

Lonnie Henley

Bio: Lonnie Henley retired from federal service in 2019 after more than 40 years as an intelligence officer and East Asia expert. He served 22 years as a U.S. Army China foreign area officer and military intelligence officer in Korea, at Defense Intelligence Agency, on Army Staff, and in the History Department at West Point. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2000 and joined the senior civil service, first as Defense Intelligence Officer for East Asia and later as Senior Intelligence Expert for Strategic Warning at DIA. He worked two years as a senior analyst with CENTRA Technology, Inc. before returning to government service as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia. He rejoined DIA in 2008, serving for six years as the agency’s senior China analyst, then National Intelligence Collection Officer for East Asia, and culminating with a second term as DIO for East Asia. Mr. Henley holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and Chinese from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and master’s degrees in Chinese language from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar; in Chinese history from Columbia University; and in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University). His wife Sara Hanks is a corporate attorney and CEO specializing in early-stage capital formation. They live in Alexandria, Virginia.