LCDR Wang is a Nonresident Fellow with the Stimson Center’s Defense Strategy and Planning program, and a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) specializing in the Asia-Pacific Region, with Mandarin Chinese as his primary foreign language. He earned his master’s degree in national security, and completed the Maritime Staff Operators Course at the Naval War College in Newport, RI. He is currently assigned to the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, U.S. Military Observer Group.
LCDR Wang began his military career as a Marine Corps rifleman and served as a company armory custodian in Buffalo, New York from 1995 to 2001. He was then selected for the Navy Officer program as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) and received his commission from Office Candidate School (OCS) in 2001. LCDR Wang served as a SWO from 2002 to 2013, completed his department head tours as the Weapons – Combat Systems Officer on USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN, and became a FAO in 2014. He started his FAO tour at U.S. Pacific Fleet as the China Desk Officer, and finished his tour at the Pentagon, where he was the Northeast Asia Desk Officer for the Chief of Naval Operations.
LCDR Wang’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and service awards.