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Ships Could Be Essential to Meet Navy Fleet Quota

with Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Roll Call (DC)
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

While the Littoral Combat Ship would fill three distinctive Navy needs -- countering submarines, mines and fast small boats -- it plays a far larger role for lawmakers and some Navy officials and experts that isn t laid out in its military specifications.

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‘SkyNet’ Automated Systems Could Save Lots of Lives

with Commander David Slaytonvia Breaking Defense
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

  OLD CROWS CONFERENCE:  People fear drones. People fear “killer robots.” People fear death by push button. People need to put away their fears and remember that computing power, coupled with automation and rules-based decision-making, has saved many lives and is likely to save many more than any runaway robot ever will kill.

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Addressing the Gaps in Arctic Governance

by Mark E. Rosen, Patricio Asfura-Heimvia Analysis
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, thus opening the Arctic to increased human activity as never before. As that ocean becomes free of ice for longer periods of time, market pressures may attempt to exploit its vast resources, including hydrocarbons both onshore and offshore, minerals, fisheries, and access for tourists and navigational convenience. The rapid melting of the Arctic is creating new and unique challenges that can cause significant damage if unaddressed...

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Senior Officer, NCIS Agent are Among Those Arrested in Navy Bribery Scandal

with Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Washington Post
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Senior officer, NCIS agent are among those arrested in fraud case involving overseas defense contractor.

Analysis and Commentary

Rebalancing the Defense Budget

by Admiral Gary Rougheadvia The Hill
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

This summer, I worked with a committee of experts – including former military commanders, senior civilian leaders in national security agencies, defense contractors and academics – to develop recommendations for an appropriate force for protecting the United States, even at lower budget levels.

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From Syria to South China Sea, Navies Cruise Back Into Vogue

with Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Reuters
Monday, September 30, 2013

LONDON (Reuters) - After a quarter century of Middle Eastern land wars and a sharp fall in big powers' naval spending after the Cold War, sea power is back in vogue in response to the rise of China and

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USS Nimitz Carrier Group Sails into Red Sea in 'Prudent' Move

with Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Reuters
Monday, September 2, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and four other ships in its strike group moved into the Red Sea early on Monday, U.S. defense officials said, describing the move as prudent planning


Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow
W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow
George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Emeritus
Senior Fellow
Davies Family Senior Fellow

The changing global climate and the diminishing Arctic ice cap have made the Arctic more accessible now and in the foreseeable future.

When combined with economic and political developments, the changing Arctic is the most significant physical global event since the end of the last Ice Age. An unresolved strategic territory, the increased activity suggests that the region could become the subject of intensive negotiations and possible friction and confrontation relating to resources, ocean access, and sovereignty. In light of those changes and challenges, the Hoover Institution Arctic Security Initiative has been put in place to address the strategic and security implications of increased activity and to identify opportunities for shaping a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.