Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.
Admiral Eric McVadon
Institute of Foreign Policy Analysis
The Choenan Naval Disaster and South Korea's National Security
ICAS Spring Symposium: Humanity, Peace and Security
May 18, 2010 Tuesday
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Rayburn Office Building Room B-318
United States House of Representatives
We are pleased to share with you that Admiral Eric A. McVadon (USN Ret.) will address the
ICAS Spring Symposium on May 18, 2010 in Washington DC.
Other confirmed speakers and discussants are Robert G. Gard Jr.
(Chairman, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation) and Richard Weitz
(Sr Fellow, Director, Center Political-Military Analysis, Hudson Institute),
and Larry Niksch (ICAS Fellow, CSIS Senior Associate)
and Leonard Oberlander (former Washington Director, Center for the Study of the Presidency).
Rear Admiral Eric A. McVadon was the U.S. defense and naval attaché at the American Embassy in Beijing from August 1990
until July 1992. He retired from the Navy in 1992 and is consulting, researching, writing, and speaking in North America
and Northeast Asia on Asian security affairs, Chinese military matters, and specific security issues involving China,
Taiwan, Japan, Mongolia, South Asia, the Korean Peninsula, and the South China Sea. Eric works extensively with
the U.S. policy and intelligence communities and the Department of Defense, directly and indirectly.
Additionally, Admiral McVadon is part-time director of Asia-Pacific studies for the Institute
for Foreign Policy Analysis, Inc., of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.;
senior national security advisor for DynCorp National Security Programs of Alexandria, Virginia;
senior consultant for the Center for Naval Analyses, Areté Associates, and other organizations;
and a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States. He is a 1958 graduate of Tulane University
and was designated a naval aviator in 1960. Eric's writings appear in professional books, periodicals,
Early in his almost thirty-five-year Navy career, Admiral McVadon served with three Pacific Fleet Patrol Squadrons
flying P-2 and P-3 antisubmarine aircraft and completing six deployments to the Far East and the Aleutians, including
three deployments with the Seventh Fleet, air operations from Cam Ranh Bay during the Vietnam War, and operations in
the Indian Ocean from Diego Garcia and Iran. In 1975-76, he commanded Patrol Squadron 40, a Pacific Fleet P-3C aircraft
squadron. As a junior officer in the 1960s, Eric was the P-3 aircraft project officer in VX-1,
and assistant navigator of the attack carrier USS Shangri-La (CVA-38).
In Washington, in mid-career, Eric held several policy and planning positions on the Navy Staff, was in the Office of
the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1977-80), and was the Navy member of the
Staff Group of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1980-82). As a flag officer Eric was deputy director
of the Strategy, Plans, and Policy Division on the Navy Staff (1985) and deputy director of the Defense Mapping Agency
(1985-86). Overseas, he commanded Naval Station Keflavik, Iceland, from 1982 to 1984. Eric then returned there as
Commander Iceland Defense Force, the U.S. and NATO flag officer in Iceland, from 1986 to 1989, before his final navy
assignment in Beijing.
Admiral McVadon is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, Naval War College (Command & Staff),
and National War College; has a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University; and studied
Icelandic and Chinese at the Foreign Service Institute. His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak
leaf cluster, Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit, Air Medal, and Navy Commendation
Medal. The president of Iceland in 1989 conferred on him the Order of the Falcon.
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President