CAPT Chris Sharman

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Captain Christopher H. Sharman, representing the US Navy, is 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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Captain Christopher Sharman On The John Batchelor Show

interview with CAPT Chris Sharmanvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, June 5, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Captain Christopher Sharman discusses his US Navel Institute article "Lessons from the First U.S. Carrier Visit to Vietnam."

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Lessons From The First U.S. Carrier Visit To Vietnam

by CAPT Chris Sharmanvia U.S. Naval Institute
Monday, June 1, 2020

[Subscription Required] The visit of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) to Danang, Vietnam, in March 2018 was far more than a routine ship visit. It was the first port call by a U.S. aircraft carrier since the Vietnam War, and it symbolized a healing of old wounds between the two nations. The event required strategic coordination with allies, acute geopolitical sensitivity, and engagement at the highest levels of both governments. 

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Captain Christopher Sharman: Beijing Furious With Taipei For Its Medical Sagacity So It Threatens Taiwan Invasion

interview with CAPT Chris Sharmanvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Captain Christopher Sharman discusses his RealClear Politics article "China Is Winning Its Campaign to Control the South China Sea."

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China Is Winning Its Campaign To Control The South China Sea

by CAPT Chris Sharmanvia Real Clear Politics
Monday, May 11, 2020

Let’s face reality. The Chinese Communist Party is winning its battle for strategic control of the South China Sea. Last month, a Chinese Coast Guard ship rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat. A Chinese government vessel commenced an illegal survey in Malaysian waters. Earlier this year, a warship threateningly aimed its target acquisition radar at a Philippine navy vessel. 

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Christopher Sharman On The John Batchelor Show

interview with CAPT Chris Sharmanvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Captain Christopher Sharman discusses his RealClear Defense article "America – Keep Your Eye on the Ball."

USS Bataan (LHD-5), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship.
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America – Keep Your Eye On The Ball

by CAPT Chris Sharmanvia Real Clear Defense
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

China’s growing self-confidence should worry America. The country just celebrated another day without community spread of the Wuhan flu. Its government also announced plans to lift the two-and-a-half-month quarantine restrictions on the city at the crisis epicenter on April 8th. 

USS Bataan (LHD-5), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship.
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Captain Christopher Sharman On The John Batchelor Show

interview with CAPT Chris Sharmanvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Captain Christopher Sharman discusses his The Diplomat article "Even Coronavirus Couldn’t Stop the 2nd US Carrier Visit to Vietnam."

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Even Coronavirus Couldn’t Stop The 2nd US Carrier Visit To Vietnam

by CAPT Chris Sharmanvia The Diplomat
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Mutual willingness to proceed with the visit indicates that the trust between Washington and Hanoi has reached a new level.

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Washington's Defense Burden-Sharing Demands Must Consider Allies' Current Strategic Support

by Jim Hartnett, CAPT Chris Sharmanvia The Washington Times
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Asking allies to shoulder their fair share can damage some of our strongest relationships.

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Captain Christopher Sharman On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with CAPT Chris Sharmanvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, January 3, 2020

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Christopher Sharman discusses his War on the Rocks article "How To Read Vietnam’s Latest Defense White Paper: A Message To Great Powers."

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