Commander David Slayton

Research Fellow / National Security Affairs Fellow 2010-2011
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David Slayton is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, and co-chair of the Arctic Security Initiative. He was a national security affairs fellow from 2010 to 2011 and a visiting fellow from 2011 to 2012, during which time he was also engaged with legislative matters and national security policy development in Washington, DC.

During his navy career, Slayton completed twelve combat deployments, to include commanding the largest US Navy combat unit in Afghanistan in 2009. A career naval flight officer, he has flown more than three hundred combat missions, accumulating more than 4,300 flight hours in eight different aircraft. Slayton distinguished his unit and himself during extensive combat operations on the ground, at sea, and in the air in Afghanistan, Iraq, and surrounding theaters of operation.

His combat decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, and twelve Air Medals, in addition to numerous campaign medals and unit citations.

His research, writing, and contributions focus on national security, energy, and the Arctic and Asia-Pacific maritime strategy. Slayton’s latest congressional hearing and testimony occurred on May 21, 2014; his most recent collaborative publications include Game Changers: Energy on the Move (Hoover Institution Press, 2014) and Distributed Power in the United States: Prospects and Policies (Hoover Institution Press, 2013).  In addition, Slayton has written, lectured, and presented on a variety of issues related to leadership, ethics, counterterrorism, cyber and irregular warfare; his work appears in and is cited by the US Congress Proceedings,  the Hoover Digest, Brookings, Fox,  CNN, and many other leading outlets, publications, and institutions. He has advised and assisted numerous private and government organizations, including various start-up and venture firms, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, and members of both Houses of the US Congress.

Slayton earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He holds two masters’ degrees, one in business and leadership from the University of San Diego, the other in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

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Analysis and Commentary

China Is Seizing The Geopolitical Opportunities Of The Melting Arctic

by Mark E. Rosen, Commander David Slaytonvia The Hill
Monday, October 30, 2017

As the Arctic melts it is transforming from an icy waste ruled by polar bears to perhaps the most valuable global venue for natural resources including oil, natural gas and a variety of minerals.

Analysis and Commentary

Russia’s Arctic Dreams Have Chinese Characteristics

by Jeremy Maxie, Commander David Slaytonvia The National Bureau Of Asian Research
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The most significant geophysical event on our planet since the end of the ice age is taking place today—the opening of the Arctic.

Analysis and Commentary

California Needs A More Reliable Power Grid

by Commander David Slaytonvia San Jose Mercury News
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

California needs more reliable, secure and assured access to electricity. If you ask a resident of New York or New Jersey what they expect from their utility grid, you'll hear phrases like "reliability," "resilience" and "protection from long-lasting blackouts."

Analysis and Commentary

Renewable Or Reliable Energy? Why Not Both?

by Commander David Slaytonvia Investor's Business Daily
Friday, June 24, 2016

If you ask a resident of New York or New Jersey what they expect from their utility grid, you'll hear phrases like "reliability," "resilience" and "protection from long-lasting blackouts."

Featured

Why US Must Keep A Close Eye On Russia's Plans For The Arctic

by Commander David Slayton, Katarzyna Zyskvia Fox News
Friday, August 28, 2015

“The North Pole is Ours!” read the headline of Rossiiskaya Gazeta -- the Russian government daily newspaper of record -- on May 20. In today’s circumstances of heightened tensions with the West, Vladimir Putin needs victories, which may also make the country less pragmatic and more concerned about identity politics and symbols.

Analysis and Commentary

Strengthen Arctic Cooperation Between The US And China

by Commander David Slaytonvia Alaska Dispatch News
Thursday, August 27, 2015

The China-U.S. relationship is a daily and recurring, sometimes dominant, news story. Select news has been positive and indicates close collaboration, such as the November 2014 joint announcement on climate and energy initiatives.

In the News

Russia, U.S. Need To Cooperate In The Arctic

by Commander David Slayton, Lawson W. Brigham via Investors Business Daily
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Russia is in the news again. NATO ministers continue to discuss how to upgrade their response capabilities to contain Russia, an increasingly unpredictable neighbor. Pentagon officials advise Congress that Russia is a top military threat. Meanwhile, President Putin ramps up his military modernization. Could this finally be the end of strong Russia-U.S. cooperation in the one region where our interests have aligned since the end of the Cold War: the Arctic?

Analysis and Commentary

Russia And US Must Maintain Arctic Relations In An Interconnected World

by Commander David Slayton, Lawson W. Brigham via Alaska Dispatch News
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Russia is in the news, again. NATO ministers continue to discuss how to upgrade their response capabilities to contain Russia, an increasingly unpredictable neighbor, and Pentagon officials advise Congress that Russia is a primary military threat. Could this finally be the end of strong Russia-U.S. cooperation in the one region where our interests have aligned since the end of the Cold War: the Arctic?

Interviews

House of Representatives Hearing, David Slayton Testimony - Using New Ocean Technologies

by Commander David Slaytonvia Transport
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A hearing of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation on Using new Ocean Technologies: Promoting Efficient Maritime Transportation and Improving Maritime Domain Awareness and Response Capability. Video and written testimony.

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Analysis and Commentary

Time for Real Leadership on Climate Change, Energy, National Security

by Commander David Slayton, David Titleyvia FoxNews.com
Monday, March 31, 2014

The parallels between the political decisions regarding climate change we have made and the decisions that led Europe to World War One are striking – and sobering. 

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