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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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Blueprint for America

via Hoover Institution Press
Friday, July 8, 2016

Scholars at the Hoover Institution—professors, thinkers, and practitioners of global renown in their respective fields—offer a series of policy ideas that would shore up the long-term foundations of American strengths.


Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia
Senior Fellow
Wohlford Family Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow (ON LEAVE)
Research Fellow / National Security Affairs Fellow 2008-2009
Milbank Family Senior Fellow
Research Fellow
Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
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Senior Fellow, Emeritus
Davies Family Distinguished Fellow
Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow
Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow, Emeritus
Tad and Dianne Taube Director | Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy
Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow
Hoover Fellow
Visiting Fellow
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W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow
George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow

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.