The Navy League has launched a new think tank called the Center for Maritime Strategy, led by retired Adm. James Foggo as dean, the nonprofit organization said on Nov. 10.

It said the new organization will conduct and support policy research and advocacy across a range of issues that impact the U.S. as a maritime nation.

Development of the center was led by a steering committee filled with members from the Navy League’s leadership. The committee was chaired by Navy League national vice president and former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. (ret.) John Richardson and also included former Fleet Forces commander Adm. (ret.) John Harvey; current Navy League CEO and former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens; Frank Russo of Forctis Advisory; and Arizona-based homebuilder Fulton Homes CEO Doug Fulton.

Navy League said the committee will stay in place to provide “general oversight and advice” to Foggo.

Foggo last served as commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and Allied Joint Forces Command Naples until July 2020, when he was relieved by Adm. Robert Burke and retired. (Defense Daily, July 17, 2020).

Earlier in his nearly 30-year career, Foggo served as director of the Navy Staff; executive officer to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and commander, European Command (EUCOM); executive assistant to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; commander of Submarine Group 8; and commander of U.S. 6th Fleet, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO.

“The Navy League’s Center for Maritime Strategy will be the go-to place for maritime strategic thought, policy recommendations and informed advocacy. The new organization will include a vibrant media operation to amplify its work.  I’m excited about this initiative to boost the Navy League’s citizen voice and help strengthen the United States as a maritime nation,” Richardson said in a statement.

“Policy development and advocacy are the main reasons for the Navy League’s existence, and we are stepping up our activity in these areas to meet the requirements of 21st century maritime power,” Navy League National President David Reilly added.