Admiral Foggo’s remarkable career within the U.S. Navy and the transatlantic Alliance brings years of leadership, expertise, and insight to CEPA’s Transatlantic Defense and Security initiative.
In September 2020, Foggo retired from his positions as Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa and Commander of Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy. Throughout his tenure, he helped strengthen the Alliance’s posture in all strategic directions, enhancing naval cooperation and interoperability across Europe. Prior to this, Foggo served as Commander of U.S. 6th Fleet and NATO’s Naval Striking and Support Forces, working with allies and partners to respond to emerging security threats in the North Atlantic, Arctic, Black Sea, Mediterranean, Middle East, and North Africa.
“I have served overseas five times in my 39-year career in the United States Navy. I am a staunch Trans-Atlanticist and a firm believer in the value of the NATO Alliance. We are Stronger Together!”
In addition to his numerous deployments at sea, Foggo has worked with the Joint Staff (J5) for Western Europe and the Balkans, European Command (EUCOM), and the U.S. Navy Staff. His intimate knowledge of the transatlantic relationship and European security environment will be invaluable to CEPA’s efforts to foster deeper cooperation between the United States and Europe.
Dr. Alina Polyakova, President and CEO, explained, “With his deep expertise, exemplary leadership, and passion for Atlanticism, Admiral Foggo embodies CEPA’s core mission. We are honored to have him join our team at this critical time for the transatlantic community.”
Foggo will contribute to CEPA’s projects on Black Sea and Nordic-Baltic regional security, as well as strategic work on NATO’s future. As a dedicated mentor and advocate for inclusivity, Admiral Foggo will also support CEPA’s efforts to cultivate the next generation of transatlantic leaders.
“Admiral Foggo represents the best of the Alliance,” said Lauren M. Speranza, Director of CEPA’s Transatlantic Defense and Security Program. “There is no one better to bring the maritime understanding of Europe and the Alliance to CEPA. His distinguished experience across the Atlantic, Baltic, Black, and Mediterranean Seas will bring tremendous value to our transatlantic security work.”
Foggo’s awards include the Meritorious Service Cross (Canada), Commander of the Cross of Saint George (Portugal); Commander of the Order of Merit (Italian Republic); Knight of the Legion of Honor (France); Knight of the National Order of Merit (France); Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and NATO Meritorious Service Medal. A 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Foggo is also an Olmsted Scholar and Moreau Scholar. He earned a Master of Public Administration at Harvard University and a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies in Defense and Strategic Studies from the University of Strasbourg, France.