Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette (U.S. Coast Guard Ret.)

Fred Midgette is a Senior Adviser to The Chertoff Group, and brings extensive expertise in domestic and international maritime issues, with particular focus in the Pacific, the Polar regions, and Oceania.

Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Midgette served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 36 years retiring as a Vice Admiral. Notable assignments include: Pacific Area Commander; Deputy Commandant for Operations; Regional Commander of the Great Lakes; and Military Adviser to the Secretary of Homeland Security. He also served with the Department of Defense on the Joint Staff, at U.S. Northern Command and aboard a USN destroyer.


Marine Safety and Port Security

Maritime risk management, critical infrastructure and cyber protection

Geopolitical relationships among Pacific nations including Oceania

Climate change impacts and mitigation to maritime infrastructure

Emerging opportunities in the Arctic

Maritime autonomous systems

Education, Training and Other Significant Positions:

BS Civil Engineering, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

MS Management (Human Resources), Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst

MA International Affairs & Strategic Studies, Naval War College

DHS Executive Transition

Public Leadership Executive Certificate, National & International Security, Harvard, Kennedy School of Government

Capstone, National Defense University

Pinnacle, National Defense University

Chairman, Cleveland Federal Executive Board

Post-Retirement Activity:

Committee Member, Assessment of Unmanned Technology for Maritime Domain Awareness. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, & Medicine. Transportation Research Board – 2019/20

Consulting Services, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, MS – 2020

Consulting Services, Saildrone Inc, Alameda, CA – 2021

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