FDD sponsors educational opportunities for mid-career U.S. national security professionals. Alumni of these programs are not FDD employees and join FDD’s National Security Network (NSN).
National Security Network Participant
National Security Network Participant

Catherine Long

U.S. Navy


Last updated: Jan 10, 2022

Catherine Long is serving in the Pentagon as flag aide to the Chief of Naval Operations in the U.S. Navy. As a surface warfare officer, she has served on multiple guided-missile destroyers with deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Western Pacific Ocean. During her most recent at-sea assignment, she served as flag secretary to Commander, Carrier Strike Group ONE and completed a Western Pacific deployment while embarked on USS Carl Vinson. Ashore, she served as a fellow with the OPNAV N73 Strategic Warfighting Innovation Cell. Catherine earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a minor in French from the U.S. Naval Academy, as well as a Master’s Degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. As a Secretary of Defense Strategic Thinkers Program fellow, she also earned a Master of International Public Policy Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Full Bio