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Biography

Seth Cropsey was senior fellow and director of the Center for American Seapower at Hudson Institute. He specializes in defense strategy, U.S. foreign and security policy in the Middle East and East Asia, and the future of U.S. naval power.

Cropsey began his career in government at the U.S. Department of Defense as assistant to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and subsequently served as deputy undersecretary of the Navy in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. 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 the Office of the Secretary of Defense (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 to 2004.

From 1982 to 1984, Cropsey directed the editorial policy of the Voice of America (VOA) on the solidarity movement in Poland, Soviet treatment of dissidents, and other issues. Returning to public diplomacy in 2002 as director of the U.S. 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 was previously a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and director of the Heritage Foundation's Asia Studies Center.

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.

Events
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November 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | What is President Biden’s Trade Policy for Asia?
Featured Speakers:
Kevin Hassett
Ashley Tellis
Thomas J. Duesterberg
Riley Walters
Seth Cropsey
03
November 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | What is President Biden’s Trade Policy for Asia?

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, November 3. Register for the event here.

Wednesday 12:00 - 1:00PM
Featured Speakers:
Kevin Hassett
Ashley Tellis
Thomas J. Duesterberg
Riley Walters
Seth Cropsey
02
September 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Future of the Navy & Marine Corps with Rep. Golden
Featured Speakers:
Representative Jared Golden
Seth Cropsey
02
September 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Future of the Navy & Marine Corps with Rep. Golden

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, September 2. Register for the event here.

Thursday 12:00 - 1:00PM
Featured Speakers:
Representative Jared Golden
Seth Cropsey
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August 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Cancel Culture with Chinese Characteristics
Featured Speakers:
Ian Easton
Christian Whiton
Alexander Sullivan
Seth Cropsey
05
August 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Cancel Culture with Chinese Characteristics

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, August 5. Register for the event here or via the register button

Thursday 12:00 - 1:00PM
Featured Speakers:
Ian Easton
Christian Whiton
Alexander Sullivan
Seth Cropsey
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February 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Future of U.S. Seapower: A View from Congress
Featured Speakers:
Representative Joe Courtney
Representative Rob Wittman
Seth Cropsey
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February 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Future of U.S. Seapower: A View from Congress

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Friday 12:00 - 1:00PM
Featured Speakers:
Representative Joe Courtney
Representative Rob Wittman
Seth Cropsey
Morning sun illuminates the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) as she sails into Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (JSABBOTT via Getty)
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Morning sun illuminates the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) as she sails into Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (JSABBOTT via Getty)
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