Center for American Seapower
Hudson’s Center for American Seapower aims to promote public dialogue on ebbing U.S. maritime power where today there is no such dialogue. The Center will offer intellectual arguments and detailed policy recommendations for a robust U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and a more effective U.S. Coast Guard as well as shipbuilding industrial base. The U.S. is by geography, commerce, security, and tradition a maritime nation. But Americans have become accustomed to the benefits of dominant seapower and are at risk of forgetting the national security consequences that accompany America’s continued decline in seapower.
Among other key areas of focus, the Center will:- Examine the connection between America’s superpower status and global responsibilities and its seapower;
- Illustrate the U.S.’s indispensable role in promoting today’s international order;
- Draw on historical and current events to highlight the national security consequences for the U.S. of its eroding seapower;
- Detail and evaluate the rise of competing local and potential global maritime competitors;
- Explain the growing dependence of U.S. and allied economies on seaborne commerce; and,
- Develop alternate maritime strategies.
To address these issues, the Center will hold in-house conferences, and workshops. It will publish monographs, journal articles, and such other activities anchored in the work of distinguished naval experts and historians that articulate the intimate link between seapower and national power. The Center will be a non-partisan effort with a bi-partisan advisory board. The preservation of dominant seapower affects all Americans.
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Seth Cropsey quoted in Navy Times on the expense of using an F-35B for low-to-mid-range missions
Seth Cropsey’s article on U.S.‘s strategic challenges to preventing regional hegemony written up in Real Clear Defense
Bryan McGrath quoted in Navy Times on the deployment of destroyers Spruance, Momsen and Decatur
Seth Cropsey quoted in The Hill on the danger of Russian jets buzzing a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea
Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s stipend. The stipend is awarded to a graduate student enrolled in an accredited PhD program. The $5,000 dollar award is intended to encourage advanced studies in seapower and its strategic value. This year’s winner is Michael Carl Haas of the Institute for Security Policy in Kiel, Germany. His dissertation subject, the U.S. Navy’s strategic adaptation to the Soviet Union’s anti-access/area denial strategy is directly and importantly related to challenges that the U.S. faces today. Congratulations Michael!
Seth Cropsey quoted in National Defense Magazine on China’s efforts to build a better aircraft carrier
Seth Cropsey quoted in Huffington Post on what cutting the defense budget signals to those in Asia
Bryan McGrath’s congressional testimony regarding Distributed Surface Force operations and UAVs quoted in National Interest
Seth Cropsey featured in The Taipei Times on the possibility of Japan helping Taiwan build diesel-electric submarines
Seth Cropsey quoted in National Interest on China’s immediate goal of being Asia’s overlord
Bryan McGrath quoted in Washington Post on the U.S. defense budget
Seth Cropsey quoted in The Hill on the U.S. Navy being stretched thin
Timothy A. Walton, a co-author of Hudson’s forthcoming report on the future of the aircraft carrier, previews the report in CIMSEC
Seth Cropsey quoted in VOA on the U.S.-Philippines security treaty
Seth Cropsey quoted in Huffington Post on competing with American influence on the oceans
Bryan McGrath quoted in Foreign Policy on China’s new airstrip in the disputed South China Sea
Bryan McGrath cited in US News & World Report on Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus growing the Navy’s fleet
Seth Cropsey quoted in Mississippi Watchdog on the Navy’s shipbuilding issues
Hudson Center for American Seapower (HCAS) is delighted to announce Mr. Travis Sharp as the recipient of the 2015 American Seapower Stipend. The $5000 stipend is awarded to a promising student in an accredited Ph.D. program worldwide, whose primary area of study is directly related to the strategic contributions of American seapower.
Travis Sharp is a Ph.D. student in security studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He serves as director of the Strategic Education Initiative at the school’s Center for International Security Studies (CISS) and is an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He holds a B.A. from the University of San Francisco and an M.P.A from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. He also serves as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Mr. Sharp’s research will contribute to the study of conventional deterrence theory, focusing on the effectiveness of U.S. military power in dissuading rivals from provocative actions. Specifically, Mr. Sharp seeks to better understand the nature and proportion of deterrence attributable to American seapower within a concept he refers to as “silent deterrence,” or the promotion of international peace without fanfare.
Hudson received many excellent submissions from scholars around the world, and HCAS Director Seth Cropsey hopes to increase the number of stipends available in the future: “I am gratified by the depth and breadth of work ongoing in this field by a band of hardy scholars; I only wish we could have recognized more. I am committed to doing so next year.” Dr. Cropsey and HCAS Assistant Director Bryan McGrath thank all the scholars who applied for the stipend this year, and also their thesis advisers for providing valuable statements of support.
Seth Cropsey featured in Taiwan Today meeting with Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou on national security policy
Bryan McGrath and Seth Cropsey quoted in Information Dissemination on aircraft carriers
Seth Cropsey quoted in World Politics Review on nuclear deterrence and Navy shipbuilding
Seth Cropsey quoted in International Business Times on Putin and the election in Ukraine
Seth Cropsey quoted in El Mercurio (Chile) on the Philippines’ importance for U.S. security policy in Asia
Seth Cropsey’s book, Mayday, reviewed in the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings
Seth Cropsey quoted in The Washington Free Beacon on missile programs
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Carrier Air Wing and the Future of Naval Aviation, Testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, February 11, 2016
Future Navy & Future Marines, John Batchelor Show, January 12, 2016
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