John M. Richardson

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John M. Richardson

John M. Richardson , also John Michael Richardson , (born April 8, 1960 in New York City ) is an American admiral and Chief of Naval Operations .


Richardson graduated from the United States Naval Academy by 1982 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in physics. He then served primarily in the U-Bootwaffe ( USS Parche (SSN-683) , USS George C. Marshall (SSBN-654) and USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716) and as a commander in U-Boat Squadron 8, Norfolk and the US Navy submarine fleet in the Atlantic). He was Chief of Staff of US Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR), Naval Advisor to the US President, and Director of Strategy and Policy for the US Armed Forces Command . Richardson also received degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge (Masters in Electrical Engineering), the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, and the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair , Washington, DC

Richardson was the director of the Nuclear Propulsion Program from 2012 to 2015. He's since 2015, the 31 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and the highest-ranking naval officer and Chief of Staff Admiral of the US Navy and as such a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ( United chief of staff ) of the United States.



  • Department of Defense: Admiral John M. Richardson .