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White House Must Bolster Pacific Strategy Across Government: Former CNO, HASC Members

with Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Breaking Defense
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WASHINGTON: The recently retired senior admiral of the Navy, Adm. Gary Roughead, says the Obama administration must do much more across the government to ensure the Pacific pivot works and is well directed, joining his voice to four prominent House lawmakers. I asked Roughead after today’s hearing on the Pacific “rebalance” if he knew about yesterday’s bipartisan letter to Susan Rice, the administration’s new National Security Advisor. That letter, written by Rep. Randy Forbes, chair of the House Armed Services seapower and projections forces subcommittee, was also signed by Reps. Bob Wittman, Republican chairman of the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee; Colleen Hanabusa, Democrat from Hawaii; and Madeleine Bordallo, the Democrat from Guam. Roughead didn’t know about the letter, but he said he agreed with its basic thrust, namely that the interagency coordination needed to make the Pacific pivot effective has been lacking. “I don’t think it has even begun to be done at the level that is required,” he said, noting that tech transfers to Pacific allies must be sped up and foreign military training (IMET) must be beefed up. “This whole rebalance has had too much of a military component,” he told me. “We can’t simply keep talking about this.” The Forbes letter called for “clear, interagency guidance enabling a broad effort and empowering departments and agencies to implement the guidance,” arguing that agencies and embassies “lack the specific direction that will be required for the implementation of this strategy.“ The agent for improving this governmental guidance, the lawmakers argue, might best be “an interagency Asia-Pacific Strategy Review” done in both classified and unclassified form. That review “will provide permanent clarity to the Administration’s regional strategy and more effectively communicate to the U.S. Government, friends, and allies the direction of U.S. policy in the region.” Over to you, White House.

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A Republican Secretary of State Urges Action on Climate Change

with George P. Shultzvia Scientific American
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Condoleezza Rice On America Leading Again

with Condoleezza Ricevia 92nd Street Y (92Y)
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Book Review: How We Lost the Seas

by Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, July 14, 2013

The American strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914) characterized naval power as "more silent than the clash of arms." His emphasis on the centrality of this "silent" power in world affairs captured the interest of a young visiting lecturer at the Naval War College in the


Jeremy Carl on the Tom Sullivan Show

with Jeremy Carlvia Tom Sullivan Show (Fox Business)
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

The North American Global Powerhouse

by George P. Shultzvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Discussions of rising economies usually focus on Asia, Africa and the BRIC countries—Brazil, Russia, India and China. But what may well be the most important development of all is often overlooked: the arrival of North America as a global powerhouse. What's going on?

Analysis and Commentary

What Should a Carbon Tax Look Like?

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Nuclear Weapons
Analysis and Commentary

The Next Generation of Nuclear Awareness

by William J. Perry with George P. Shultzvia Stanford Daily
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Indeed, during the Cold War, we avoided an “unparalleled catastrophe” by the slimmest of margins. When the Cold War ended, we hoped that the danger of nuclear weapons ended with it. But that was not to be.


Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow
Wohlford Family Senior Fellow
Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Paul H. Bauer Senior Fellow
Visiting Fellow
Senior Fellow
Tad and Dianne Taube Director | Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy
Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow
Senior Fellow
W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow
George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Emeritus
Senior Fellow
George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics

The Hoover Institution's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.


As a result of volatile and rising energy prices and increasing global concern about climate change, two related and compelling issues—threats to national security and adverse effects of energy usage on global climate—have emerged as key adjuncts to America’s energy policy; the task force will explore these subjects in detail. The task force’s goals are to gather comprehensive information on current scientific and technological developments, survey the contingent policy actions, and offer a range of prescriptive policies to address our varied energy challenges. The task force will focus on public policy at all levels, from individual to global. It will then recommend policy initiatives, large and small, that can be undertaken to the advantage of both private enterprises and governments acting individually and in concert.