Among many other decorations, Haney received the Navy Distinguished Service medal, the Defense Superior Service medal, the Legion of Merit, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal. He was the 1998 Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award recipient while in command of the fast attack submarine USS Honolulu. He received Masters’ degrees in National Security Strategy from National Defense University and in Engineering Acoustics and System Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
In retirement, Haney serves on the Advisory Council for the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, John Hopkins University Applied Physics Board of Managers and as a co-chair for the China-US Dialogue on Strategic Nuclear Dynamics for the Pacific Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
I was blessed to have the opportunity to come here to the Naval Postgraduate School. I had two operational jobs before coming here, and this was a place where I could get advanced education. It was also at a timeframe where we had what seemed like dinosaurs, but we were operating and we'd gone from like 300 baud to 1200 baud modems and we thought that we were smoking. We had gone from where we had only gotten laptops so we could go mobile and stay connected to data and work at the in that timeframe. This is just one example of a perfect timing to land at Naval Postgraduate School not just to get the advanced education, but also to get exposure to the technology changes that we were experiencing at the time and then take that on with me forward to really advance the timeframe even more. When I got to U.S. Strategic Command, I was in charge of our cyber forces.
I think back to that Monterey time there of learning and being exposed to things even outside of the major. It allowed me to take those building blocks with me as foundation for other areas that I got to work in. I think education is key to growing and learning and [for] the commands.
This institution is equipped to look at the challenges we have, particularly in a variety of different theaters. But right now, there is such a concern here of our competition and the challenges associated with the people's Republic of China. This is an area that is multidimensional, multi-domain and really requires us to not just think about the present but think also about the future. And it is across what we call the DOVE – diplomatically, informational, militarily, and our economic centers of power. Being in a place where we have a mecca of great education, populated by both educators and the students that have operational military experience, which backgrounds and research and hints, can enhance that critical thinking and approaches to how we look at advanced solutions to critical problems that we face not just today, but in the future.