In Person

Preserving the Free Flow of Commerce in the Red Sea and Beyond: An Update from FIFTH Fleet Commander VADM George Wikoff, USN

August 7, 2024 • 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT

Please join the CSIS International Security Program (ISP) and the U.S. Naval Institute for a Maritime Security Dialogue event featuring VADM George Wikoff, USN, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. VADM Wikoff and RADM Raymond A. Spicer, USN (Ret.), chief executive officer and publisher, U.S. Naval Institute, will discuss how the U.S. Navy is helping preserve the free flow of commerce in the Red Sea and across the globe. Dr. Seth G. Jones, CSIS senior vice president, Harold Brown Chair, and ISP director, will offer opening remarks. 

The Maritime Security Dialogue series brings together CSIS and the U.S. Naval Institute, two of the nation's most respected non-partisan institutions. The series highlights the unique challenges facing the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard from national level maritime policy to naval concept development and program design. Given budgetary challenges, technological opportunities, and ongoing strategic adjustments, the nature and employment of U.S. maritime forces are likely to undergo significant change over the next ten to fifteen years. The Maritime Security Dialogue provides an unmatched forum for discussion of these issues with the nation’s maritime leaders. 

This event is made possible by support from HII.


Vice Admiral George M. Wikoff, USN

Vice Admiral George M. Wikoff is a native of New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is a 1990 graduate of the Catholic University of America, was commissioned through the George Washington University NROTC program, and earned a master's from the University of Arkansas.

Wikoff served operationally in Fighter Squadron (VF) 102 aboard USS America (CV 66) and VF-154 forward deployed to Atsugi, Japan on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Command assignments include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 deployed aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), VFA-122, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 deployed aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and Commander (acting) Naval Air Forces.

Wikoff’s shore assignments include the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, as TOPGUN training officer; Naval Personnel Command as placement officer for the Tomcat and Super Hornet communities; Joint Staff as an action officer in the Operations Directorate, Deputy Directorate for Antiterrorism and Homeland Defense (J-34); Chief of Naval Operations staff as air warfare special programs requirements officer (N88); the Combined Air and Space Operations Center as battle director in Qatar; U.S. Naval Forces Central Command as Chief of Staff and Maritime Operations Center Director in Bahrain, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations, Joint Staff as Deputy Director for Operations (OT-5) and Assistant Director for Global Integration and Current Operations (J-33), and Vice Director, Joint Staff.

Contact Information

Seth G. Jones
Senior Vice President; Harold Brown Chair; and Director, International Security Program
August 7, 2024 • 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT
Preserving the Free Flow of Commerce in the Red Sea and Beyond: An Update from FIFTH Fleet Commander VADM George Wikoff, USN