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Analysis and Commentary

Ending China’s Chokehold On Rare-Earth Minerals

by General Jim Mattis, Admiral James O. Ellis Jr., Joseph Felter, Kori Schakevia Bloomberg
Friday, September 18, 2020

The U.S. and allies can break Beijing’s monopoly on elements vital to electronics and national defense.

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A fresh look, through a broad lens, to help navigate the emerging security landscape

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr., George P. Shultzvia Analysis
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

A Letter from the Conveners of the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security: A fresh look, through a broad lens, to help navigate the emerging security landscape.


China Has Troubles Of Its Own

by George P. Shultzvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Its economic growth is likely to slow dramatically as its population ages and labor force shrinks.

COVID-19 and Future Pandemics

by Milana Boukhman Trounce, George P. Shultzvia Governance In An Emerging New World
Thursday, July 30, 2020

On April 8, 2019, we gathered around the circular table in the Annenberg Conference Room at the Hoover Institution for another discussion from our research project on Governance in an Emerging New World. This session was led by Dr. Lucy Shapiro, a professor of biology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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“It’s Hard Work, Building A Country”

by General Jim Mattisvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

In American public life, Hoover fellow Jim Mattis reminds us, disagreement is forgivable but despair is not.

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Jim Mattis On Call Sign Chaos: Learning To Lead

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Call Sign Chaos is Jim Mattis’s memoir of his lifelong journey from marine recruit to four-star general and secretary of defense. It’s also the story of his quest to learn from every experience and pass on those lessons, so that future generations can plan better, lead better, and do and be better, thus creating a safer and more successful United States and world.

Observations From The Roundtable

Observations from the Roundtable: Emerging Technology And America’s National Security

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr., George P. Shultzvia Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, February 25, 2019

When looking at the security environment, we are reminded of President Reagan’s approach to dealing with a complex and dangerous world. The first order of business was to be realistic about the world around you. Then you had to be strong in all senses of the term—military, economically, politically, and in national spirit. Finally, as you went out into the world, you had to set your objectives—know what you want—and focus on that agenda. It was a wise, and ultimately successful approach.


Technology Converges; Non-State Actors Benefit

by T.X. Hammesvia Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, February 25, 2019

The Fourth Industrial Revolution will provide insurgents and terrorists with capabilities that, until very recently, were the preserve of large, powerful, wealthy states. The convergence of new technologies will provide them access to relatively cheap, long-range, autonomous weapons. To define the problem this presents to the United States, this paper will first explore the technologies—powerful small warheads, autonomous drones, task-specific artificial intelligence, and advanced manufacturing—that are providing increased range, numbers, and lethality for dramatically lower cost today.


Emerging Technologies and National Security: Russia, NATO, & the European Theater

by Philip Breedlove, Margaret E. Kosalvia Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, February 25, 2019

Emerging innovations within today’s most cutting-edge science and technology (S&T) areas are cited as carrying the potential to revolutionize governmental structures, economies, and life as we know it; others have argued that such technologies will yield doomsday scenarios and that military applications of such technologies have even greater potential than nuclear weapons to radically change the balance of power.


Information: The New Pacific Coin of the Realm

by Admiral Gary Roughead, Emelia Spencer Probasco, Ralph Semmelvia Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, February 25, 2019

History informs and rhymes, and the admonition of Isaiah Bowman is as valid today as it was in 1946. A participant in the World War I peace conference in Paris and the president of the Johns Hopkins University, whose Applied Physics Laboratory produced breakthrough innovations during World War II and the Cold War (and today), Bowman understood international challenges and appreciated the role of technology in defining national power. He also understood that it is not one sector or particular endeavor that underpins national security—it is the collective responsibility of society.


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The Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security: A fresh look, through a broad lens, to help navigate the emerging security landscape.

In this century, the United States faces a significantly different threat landscape than it did in the last. Strategies for meeting the national security challenges we face today need to address the many attributes of national power. Military strength is necessary, but no longer sufficient. Effectively addressing many of our national security problems will require cooperation with allies and partners, and recognition of the importance of diplomacy, economic strength, science and technology, and demographics. The Hoover Institution’s Task Force on National Security pursues such a comprehensive, whole of government approach to national security challenges.

The Hoover Institution houses under its roofs some of the world’s most eminent national security thinkers and practitioners, committed to developing and articulating new strategies to cope with this increasingly chaotic world. The National Security Task Force combines military expertise with the Fellowship’s equal depth in economics, in diplomacy, in geopolitics, and political thought—as well as the historical experiences documented in the collections of the Hoover Library and Archives. And the Task Force furthermore draws on both the global policy and science and technology leadership of Stanford University more broadly, and the surrounding Silicon Valley, in looking over the horizon to understand the dynamics of the emerging threat landscape—a “West Coast offense” for a new century of security challenges.

As an important first step, Task Force participants convene roundtable discussions where current national security decisionmakers—military and civilian—can air their own priorities, interests, and concerns and explore these new dynamics through frank engagement with Hoover Fellows, Stanford scholars and students, or others with experience and expertise in the field. Our goal is to offer a fresh look: allow those striving to meet the nation’s security needs to set out an agenda that is relevant to them, and inform and influence national security policy and strategy that through the scholarship of this Institution and University, supporting those who grapple daily with the weight of preserving national security in a complex, emerging new world.