Captain Christopher H. Sharman, representing the US Navy, was a National Security Affairs Fellow for the academic year 2019–20 at the Hoover Institution.

Captain Sharman is the former US Navy attaché in Vietnam and assistant Navy attaché in China. He served multiple operational sea tours in Japan with the Forward Deployed Naval Forces, including with the carrier air wing embarked aboard USS Independence (CV 62), the strike group staff embarked aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and with the Seventh Fleet Staff embarked aboard the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).

Captain Sharman, a distinguished graduate from the National War College, is a published author and the recipient of the 2015 National Defense University President’s Award for Excellence in Writing. The United States Navy League awarded him with the 2016 Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement and he was the Department of Defense 2010–2011 Attaché of the Year. The naval intelligence community awarded him the 2013 Herman Dworkin Award for Maritime Analytic Excellence, and he proudly wears the Admiral Edwin T. Layton Award for superior leadership and mentorship.

He is a 1993 graduate of the UC San Diego with a degree in political science and also holds master's degrees in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and in national security strategy from the National War College. He is a graduate of US Army Command and General Staff College, and has completed Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Vietnamese language training at the Defense Language Institute.

His research at the Hoover Institution will focus on US maritime strategy in the South China Sea, the US-Vietnam naval relationship, and the efficacy of soft power in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.  

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