Vice Admiral (VADM) Pandolfe most recently served as Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that role, he supported national policy formulation with an emphasis on international diplomacy and strategic affairs. He also served as Director for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he developed strategic policies and operational plans, and assessed global risk for the U.S. military. Previously, VADM Pandolfe commanded the U.S. Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy, and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO in Lisbon, Portugal, where he was responsible for planning and executing U.S. and allied naval operations in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
During 37 years of commissioned service, VADM Pandolfe served multiple tours of duty at sea, including command of a destroyer, destroyer squadron and aircraft carrier strike group. Ashore, he served in the White House as Military Aide and Advisor to the Vice President of the United States and in the Pentagon as Director for Surface Warfare, where he defined the requirements for the Navy’s future combatant ships, including their command and control systems, sensors and weapons.
VADM Pandolfe is an accomplished author who played a leading role in writing the 2015 National Military Strategy and the Navy’s Sea Power 21 vision document. He holds a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and was awarded an M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.