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Open Source Early Warning Of The COVID-19 Outbreak

by James Timbievia Analysis
Thursday, May 6, 2021

In late 2019, three different open source public alerts of an unknown pneumonia in Wuhan were issued—one week before the first COVID-19 report from the US CDC, and 10 days before the WHO. How does this experience inform conventional intelligence community assessments of biologic or other emergent threats? This National Security Task Force pandemic security brief reports on civil society early warning networks that employ 21st century communication and data technologies.

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Maintaining Readiness Through The Pandemic

by James Timbievia Analysis
Friday, April 2, 2021

The COVID-19 outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt early in the course of the pandemic turned a spotlight towards U.S. military readiness in the face of this novel coronavirus. In this brief, participants in the Hoover Institution’s National Security Task Force draw on interviews with US military personnel and other reporting to observe how the Department of Defense has been impacted by, reacted to, and learned from this threat. In short, the fight against the virus has been treated as a combat operation.

In the News

China’s Belt And Road Effort Demands A Multipart US Response

cited Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Hoover Daily Report
Friday, March 26, 2021

U.S. inaction, as much as Chinese assertiveness, is responsible for America’s economic and strategic predicament, a Council on Foreign Relations task force finds.


Getting The Quad Right Is Biden’s Most Important Job

by General Jim Mattis, Michael R. Auslin, Joseph Feltervia Foreign Policy
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

On March 12, U.S. President Joe Biden will lead the first Quadrilateral Security Dialogue talks with the leaders of Australia, India, and Japan. Making the Quad work could be Biden’s most important task in Asia but doing so requires a specific agenda that builds on shared goals. And it’s not just about China—it’s about getting Asia right.

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National Security Supply Chain Resilience

by James Timbievia Analysis
Friday, February 5, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated reassessments of a variety of supply chain risks throughout the U.S. economy. In this brief, participants in the Hoover Institution’s National Security Task Force consider the special case of resilience in supply chains that support national security activities, including rare earth elements and microelectronics. It underscores the need for an ongoing strategic dialogue that balances both market economic and national security perspectives.


Maintaining America’s Technological Edge: Build On Our Strengths

by Steve Blank, Joseph Felter, Raj Shahvia National Interest
Saturday, January 30, 2021

The Biden administration must build a Civil-Military Alliance ensuring our leadership in science and in industry, while maintain our core values.

Lucy Shapiro
In the News

The Dickson Prize In Science 2020 Recipient: Lucy Shapiro

featuring Lucy Shapirovia Carnegie Mellon University
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Congratulations to the 2020 recipient of the Dickson Prize in Science, Dr. Lucy Shapiro. Dr. Shapiro is a professor in the Department of Developmental Biology at the Stanford University School of Medicine where she holds the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Chair in Cancer Research. She is also the Director of the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine.

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Using data science to fight the virus and minimize economic consequences

by James Timbievia Analysis
Friday, December 11, 2020

Participants in the Hoover Institution’s National Security Task Force have undertaken to examine how data science techniques, particularly machine learning, combined with diverse economic and health data streams has potential for informing complex decisions on public health measures to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic and minimize economic disruption. This progress report summarizes what we have learned to date through interviews with data scientists and public health officials, and from published research, on what artificial intelligence can do in this space.


Defense In Depth

by Kori Schake, General Jim Mattis, Admiral James O. Ellis Jr., Joseph Feltervia Foreign Affairs
Monday, November 23, 2020

Why U.S. Security Depends on Alliances—Now More Than Ever

A Game of Finesse

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr.via Hoover Digest
Monday, October 19, 2020

“Cut and run” or “stay the course” in the Middle East? This is a false choice. We should think instead in terms of a continuum of ways to use both soft power and hard.


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INDOPACOM Roundtable

Friday, September 11, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution National Security Task Force hosted a round table discussion with Admiral Philip S. Davidson, Commander at US Indo-Pacific Command. 


Army Roundtable

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution National Security Task Force hosted a round table discussion with General James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the US Army 


Geopolicy Roundtable

Thursday, July 23, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution National Security Task Force hosted a round table discussion with Admiral James G. Stavridis (USN, Ret.), Supreme Allied Commander at NATO 2009-13.


Air Force Roundtable

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution National Security Task Force hosted a round table discussion with General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force. 


Space Roundtable

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution National Security Task Force hosted a round table discussion with the Honorable Barbara Barrett, Secretary of the Air Force; General John “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, US Space Force & Commander, US Space Command; and Stephen Kitay, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy. 


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.