Christopher Yung grew up in Armonk, NY, a suburb of New York City in Westchester County. He studied political science at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and later earned both his masters degree and PhD from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at John Hopkins University.
In 1991 he joined the research staff of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), the Navy and Marine Corps” defense think tank. He spent seven years in the field working for the Commander Amphibious Group Two and the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Atlantic. He specialized in the analysis of amphibious and expeditionary operations and has conducted numerous studies for both the Navy and the Marine Corps.
Chris thought of the idea for Gators of Neptune while waiting to participate in a US Navy meeting to discuss the tactical tasks of amphibious ready groups and carrier groups. He was waiting in the halls of Carrier Group Four in Norfolk, VA, and saw numerous paintings of the Navy at Normandy and it occurred to him that a book detailing the Navy’s role in the invasion would be worth researching and writing.
In 2009 Chris left the Center for Naval Analyses and joined the Federal Government. He became a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University. In this capacity he conducted research on the Chinese military, East Asian security and U.S. policy to the Asia-Pacific Region. He participated in numerous strategic dialogues with the Chinese military and made numerous trips to the People’s Republic of China for the purposes of his research. His tenure at NDU also involved consulting with and engaging in strategic dialogues with NDU’s counterparts in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and other countries of the region. While at NDU Chris published a number of widely read monographs, book chapters, and articles on Asian security issues. Chris also made a number of television appearances including in China Central TV, and C-Span.
He currently lives in Virginia with his wife, Teresa, their two boys, a cat and a dog.