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Seth Cropsey

Senior Fellow & Director, Center for American Seapower

Seth Cropsey is a 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.

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Seth Cropsey discusses Naval Sea Power and contemporary strategy.

Seth Cropsey discusses Naval Sea Power and contemporary strategy.

Naval Historical Foundation

Seth Cropsey discusses the Navy’s Optimized Fleet Response Plan and its potential impact on shipbuilding.

Seth Cropsey discusses the Navy’s Optimized Fleet Response Plan and its potential impact on shipbuilding.

Government Matters

Seth Cropsey weighs in on the retirement of Admiral Bill Moran.

Seth Cropsey weighs in on the retirement of Admiral Bill Moran.

WJLA

Seth Cropsey discusses the administration’s initial response to Iran shooting down a U.S. drone.

Seth Cropsey discusses the administration’s initial response to Iran shooting down a U.S. drone.

Fox Business

Drone-Flattop Wedding & the Wisdom of Seth Cropsey, April 21, 2016

Drone-Flattop Wedding & the Wisdom of Seth Cropsey, April 21, 2016

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

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

Internal Crisis Forcing China's Hand, Secure Freedom Radio, January 21, 2016

Internal Crisis Forcing China's Hand, Secure Freedom Radio, January 21, 2016

Seth Cropsey on Secure Freedom Radio, October 14, 2015

Seth Cropsey on Secure Freedom Radio, October 14, 2015

Will China Face Sanctions for Cyber-attacks on the U.S.? Fox Business, August 31, 2015

Will China Face Sanctions for Cyber-attacks on the U.S.? Fox Business, August 31, 2015

Ma Touts Merits of National Security Policy, Taiwan Today, October 8, 2014

Ma Touts Merits of National Security Policy, Taiwan Today, October 8, 2014

Seth Cropsey discusses American seapower on The John Batchelor Show, October 5, 2013

Seth Cropsey discusses American seapower on The John Batchelor Show, October 5, 2013

Seth Cropsey discusses U.S.-Mediterranean relations, Antenna Cyprus, August 5, 2014

Seth Cropsey discusses U.S.-Mediterranean relations, Antenna Cyprus, August 5, 2014

Seth Cropsey: Obama 'Unique' in Wanting to Curb US Global Role, NewsMaxTV, August 4, 2014

Seth Cropsey: Obama 'Unique' in Wanting to Curb US Global Role, NewsMaxTV, August 4, 2014

Conflict in the South China Sea, Center for Security Policy, May 30, 2014

Conflict in the South China Sea, Center for Security Policy, May 30, 2014

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Seth Cropsey on "Lou Dobbs Tonight" discussing China and Ukraine, Fox Business, April 10, 2014

Seth Cropsey on U.S. Naval Institute Podcast Discussing Maritime Strategy and Control of the Seas, February 23, 2014

Seth Cropsey on U.S. Naval Institute Podcast Discussing Maritime Strategy and Control of the Seas, February 23, 2014

Seth Cropsey Testifies before the House Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces on U.S. Asia-Pacific Strategy and Naval Modernization, December 11, 2013

Seth Cropsey Testifies before the House Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces on U.S. Asia-Pacific Strategy and Naval Modernization, December 11, 2013

Seth Cropsey Testifies Before the House Armed Services Committee on U.S. Navy Shipbuilding Plans, April 18, 2012

Seth Cropsey Testifies Before the House Armed Services Committee on U.S. Navy Shipbuilding Plans, April 18, 2012