Lonnie Henley

Senior Fellow - Asia Program

Lonnie Henley is an independent consultant and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He retired from federal service in 2019 after more than 40 years as an intelligence officer specializing in East Asian security. He served 22 years as a US Army China foreign area officer and military intelligence officer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2000 to join the senior civil service. In the latter capacity he served as Defense Intelligence Officer for East Asia, Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst for China, and National Intelligence Collection Officer for East Asia among other posts. Concurrent with his government positions, he taught for eleven years in the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and, prior to that, four years in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. His Army career included three years as an assistant professor of history at the US Military Academy, West Point and tours in US Forces Korea, Defense Intelligence Agency, and Army Staff.

Mr. Henley holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and Chinese from West Point and master’s degrees in Chinese language from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar; in Chinese history from Columbia University; and in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University. His wife Sara Hanks is a corporate and securities attorney and CEO specializing in early-stage capital formation. They live in Alexandria, Virginia.