R. James Woolsey is the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University

James Woolsey

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R. James Woolsey was the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, 2008-09; a venture partner at VantagePoint Venture Partners; a senior executive adviser to Booz Allen Hamilton; counsel to the law firm of Goodwin Procter; and chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group of Paladin Capital Group.

Before he joined VantagePoint in March 2008, Woolsey was a partner with Booz Allen Hamilton in McClean, Virginia, specializing in energy and security issues and, prior to that, a partner with Shea & Gardner in Washington D.C., specializing in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution (arbitration and mediation). He practiced at the firm on four different occasions for a total of 22 years.

Woolsey served five times in the federal government for a total of 12 years, holding presidential appointments in two Democratic and two Republican administrations. He served as director of Central Intelligence (1993–95), ambassador and chief negotiator for the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty in Vienna (1989–91), delegate at large (part-time) to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks and the Defense and Space Talks in Geneva (1983–86), undersecretary of the navy (1977–79), and general counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services (1970–73).

He has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. Woolsey speaks publicly on occasion and contributes articles to newspapers and other periodicals on such issues as national security, energy, foreign affairs, and intelligence.

Woolsey received his B.A. degree from Stanford University (1963, with great distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar 1963–65), and an LL.B from Yale Law School (1968, managing editor of the Yale Law Journal).

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The Flexible Fuel Answer to OPEC

by James Woolsey, Anne Korinvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It costs an extra $100 to enable a car to run on biofuels or natural gas. Washington should mandate the tweak...

The Flexible Fuel Answer to OPEC

by James Woolseyvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Last week, President Barack Obama delivered a highly anticipated speech on our country's energy future. His implicit message? "No, we can't."

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Putting an end to oil dependency

by James Woolseyvia Washington Times
Monday, August 9, 2010

The EPA can take its own huge steps toward energy independence (which is really about oil) by cleaning up transportation fuels...

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Iran and the Missile Defense Imperative

by James Woolseyvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

U.S. intelligence now sees Tehran developing intercontinental missiles by 2015. If we continue our current strategy, we will not be able to counter the threat...

Iran and the Missile Defense Imperative

by James Woolseyvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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Parallels Between Present-Day Iran and Nazi Germany

by James Woolseyvia National Review Online
Thursday, June 3, 2010

“History doesn’t repeat itself,” said Mark Twain, “but it does rhyme...”

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Too Much Mr. Nice Guy

by James Woolseyvia International Herald Tribune
Thursday, May 6, 2010

There are three ways in which I believe recent decisions by the Obama administration are, unintentionally, actually fostering the proliferation of nuclear weapons rather than constraining them...

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How to End America's Addiction to Oil

by James Woolseyvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, April 15, 2010

By using more electricity, natural gas and biofuels in our transportation fleet, we can quickly reduce our dependence on OPEC.

How to End America’s Addiction to Oil

by James Woolseyvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, April 15, 2010

At the end of March, oil posted its fifth consecutive quarterly price increase: It's now solidly above $80 per barrel.

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Letter: Providing for the Common Defense: A Call to Restore Funding to U.S. Missile Defense

by George P. Shultz, James Woolseywith Edwin Meese III, Peter Schweizervia Committee on the Present Danger
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Editor’s note: The following is the text of a letter sent by the Committee on the Present Danger to President Obama, members of the Senate and members of the House regarding critical changes to America’s missile defense that will likely threaten American safety and security. . . .

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