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Seth Cropsey

Director, Center for American Seapower

Senior Fellow Seth Cropsey began his career in government at the Defense Department as Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and subsequently served as Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy in the Reagan and Bush administrations, where he was responsible for the Navy’s position on efforts to reorganize DoD, development of the maritime strategy, the Navy’s academic institutions, naval special operations, and burden-sharing with NATO allies. In the Bush administration, Cropsey moved to OSD to become acting assistant secretary, and then principal deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict. Cropsey served as a naval officer from 1985-2004.

During the period that preceded the collapse of the USSR, from 1982 to 1984, Cropsey directed the editorial policy of the Voice of America on the Solidarity movement in Poland, Soviet treatment of dissidents, and other issues. Returning to public diplomacy in 2002 as director of the US government’s International Broadcasting Bureau, Cropsey supervised the agency as successful efforts were undertaken to increase radio and television broadcasting to the Muslim world.

Cropsey’s work in the private sector includes reporting for Fortune magazine and as a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and as director of the Heritage Foundation’s Asia Studies Center from 1991 to 1994.

Cropsey’s articles on national security and foreign policy have been published in Commentary, Foreign Affairs, The Public Interest, The National Interest, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times, and other national journals.

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Taiwan-U.S.-China Relations: A Discussion with Cheng Wen-Tsan

China-Vatican Relations and Religious Freedom in China October 11 Event

Oceans Ventured: A Discussion with Former Navy Secretary John Lehman September 27 event

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Seth Cropsey is interviewed by Yahoo News Taiwan on U.S. relations with Taiwan.

Seth Cropsey is quoted in National Defense on the Navy’s procurement of additional national security cutters

Seth Cropsey and Bryan McGrath are quoted in the National Journal on the Navy’s plans to scale-up its shipbuilding

Seth Cropsey and Bryan McGrath quoted in The National Interest on the U.S. Navy’s challenges

Seth Cropsey quotedby McClatchy on U.S. Merchant Marine fleet

Seth Cropsey quoted in The Observer on a potential coming conflict in the South China Sea

Seth Cropsey quoted in CNBC on the ramification of trade tariffs

Senator Wicker (R-MS) and Representative Wittman (R-VA) pen letter to the editor in response to Seth Cropsey article in The Wall Street Journal

Seth Cropsey quoted in CNBC on the F-35

New book by Seth Cropsey recommended by The Weekly Standard

Seth Cropsey quoted in Foreign Policy on U.S. Navy downsizing

“Seablindness” by Seth Cropsey reviewed by The Diplomatic Courier

2015 Hudson Institute report by Seth Cropsey and Bryan McGrath quoted by The National Interest

USNI quotes Seth Cropsey on U.S. concern with China

Seth Cropsey quoted by CNBC on the U.S. Navy’s shrinking size and growing tasks

Seth Cropsey and Bryan McGrath quoted by Real Clear Defense on the collision involving the USS Johns S. McCain

Seth Cropsey quoted in The Hill on the US Navy’s new Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS)

Hudson’s Center for American Seapower report, Sharpening the Spear: The Carrier, the Joint Force, and High-End Conflict quoted in National Interest

Seth Cropsey quoted in The Hill on NeverTrumpers warming to the President-elect

Hudson Institute and Haifa University’s report on the Eastern Mediterranean and report event written up in Philos Project

Seth Cropsey quoted in National Interest on the U.S.‘s China policy

Hudson’s event, Defending Taiwan: What Should the U.S. Do?, written up in Daily Caller

Seth Cropsey quoted in the Washington Examiner on the Carrier Based Aerial Refueling System replacing the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike platform

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

Seth Cropsey quoted in The Hill on the danger of Russian jets buzzing a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea

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

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

Seth Cropsey quoted in The Hill on the U.S. Navy being stretched thin

Seth Cropsey quoted in VOA on the U.S.-Philippines security treaty

Seth Cropsey’s article on China’s island building cited in Taipei Times

Seth Cropsey and Bryan McGrath’s article on the necessity of aircraft carriers referenced in Newport News Daily Press

Seth Cropsey quoted in Huffington Post on competing with American influence on the oceans

Seth Cropsey quoted in Washington Times on ISIS’s threat to the sea

Seth Cropsey quoted in Mississippi Watchdog on the Navy’s shipbuilding issues

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