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DNI Haines visits ONI for Strategic Briefings

November 30, 2022


On November 23, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines visited the National Maritime Intelligence Center to discuss critical issues in intelligence with Rear Adm. Mike Studeman, Commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI).

“It was a privilege to show DNI Haines so much of the incredible work that ONI is doing each and every day to prepare her and other national decision-makers with deep knowledge of our adversaries and strategic competitors,” said Studeman. “Because of our dedicated workforce, the DNI and others in the Intelligence Community know that ONI will always be ready where and when it counts to provide world-class intelligence around the clock.”

DNI Haines was joined by Director of Naval Intelligence Vice Adm. Jeff Trussler and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray as they received a series of briefings showcasing ONI's unique capabilities and its strategic impacts across the world.


ONI Honors Fallen Naval Intelligence Personnel on Sept. 11 Anniversary

September 11, 2022



On Friday, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) held a wreath laying remembrance ceremony to honor the eight ONI shipmates who lost their lives during the terrorist attack at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Held annually at the Remembrance Garden at the National Maritime Intelligence Center, the ceremony commemorates the eight men and women serving in the Navy Command Center and Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot (CNO-IP) when they made the ultimate sacrifice that fateful day.


“We know that our shipmates died doing their duty, in service to tens of millions of others, whom were kept safer by the skillful application of their profession and their honorable service in and for the United States,” said ONI Deputy Commander Andrew Richardson, before placing a wreath at a remembrance stone where their names and images are inscribed. “Let us be galvanized by their service and their sacrifice to bring out the best within us for arduous times ahead.”


In the procession, the names of each of the fallen were read as a bell tolled eight times: Cmdr. Dan Shanower, Lt. Cmdr. Vince Tolbert, Lt. Jonas Panik, Lt. Darin Pontell, Petty Officer 1st Class Julian Cooper, Angela Houtz, Brady Howell, and Gerry Moran.


These shipmates represented a cross-section of ONI officers and enlisted, civilians and contractors, and employees and interns. They were among ONI’s best and brightest and will never be forgotten.

Rear Adm. Mike Studeman Assumes Command of ONI and Directorship of NMIO

August 1, 2022


In a ceremony today at the National Maritime Intelligence Center in Suitland, Md., Rear Admiral Mike Studeman assumed command of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and directorship of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO). Studeman relieved Rear Admiral Curt Copley, who held the command and directorship since June 2021.


“It is my honor and privilege to rejoin the nation’s oldest intelligence agency and I look forward to working again with such a bright and storied assembly of military and civilian professionals who are advancing America’s national security in every corner of the world,” said Studeman. “Rear Admiral Copley has tackled some of ONI’s most daunting challenges and I look forward to building on his success.”


Studeman joins ONI from his previous role as Director for Intelligence, J2, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, an honors graduate in Mandarin Chinese from the Defense Language Institute, and a distinguished graduate of the National War College.


“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve with the military and civilians of ONI,” said Copley. “I’m so proud of the work they accomplished this past year and encouraged by the promise of a transformed, penetrating ONI that’s more ready than ever to deliver decision advantage to the Navy and nation under Rear Admiral Studeman’s command. The nation is fortunate to have this team of warriors fighting for it.”


ONI is America’s premier maritime intelligence service and a core element of the U.S. Navy’s Information Warfare Community. ONI possesses unmatched knowledge of the maritime operating environment and delivers penetrating understanding of threats to America’s security to national decision makers and the Fleet. Established in 1882, ONI is the nation’s longest-serving intelligence agency.


NMIO advances maritime intelligence integration, information sharing, and domain awareness to foster unity of effort to protect the United States and its global interests, its allies, and its partners against threats to, in, or emanating from the global maritime domain. The National Security Council and Office of the Director of National Intelligence drive NMIO activities intended to unify maritime elements of the Intelligence Community and ensure cohesion across the Nation's security and defense functions within the maritime domain. 



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