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.

Policy Center News

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

Bryan McGrath is quoted in Defense News on the integrated combat system being and the Navy’s surface fleet

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

Bryan McGrath quoted in The Washington Times on Navy shipbuilder’s plans to hire 7,000 new workers

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 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

Bryan McGrath quoted in The Washington Post on recent collisions involving U.S. Navy vessels

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

Bryan McGrath quoted by The Washington Post on the deadly collision involving the USS John S. McCain

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

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

Bryan McGrath quoted by The Washington Post on the decline of the U.S. Navy’s surface fleet.

Bryan McGrath quoted by The Christian Science Monitor on recent navy collisions

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

Bryan McGrath quoted by Inside Defense on the U.S. Navy’s new Guided Missile Frigate

Bryan McGrath quoted by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal on the collision involving the destroyer USS Fitzgerald

Bryan McGrath quoted by The Daily Caller on U.S. submarine activity in South Korea

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

Bryan McGrath quoted in Reuters on the vulnerability of aircraft carriers

Former Undersecretary of the Navy Janine Davidson’s remarks at the Seapower event, The Trump Navy: Getting to 350 Ships quoted in McClatchy DC

Bryan McGrath co-authored a CSBA report, Restoring American Seapower: A New Fleet Architecture for the United States Navy

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

Bryan McGrath quoted in Foreign Policy on the next Secretary of the Navy

Bryan McGrath’s article on how to grow the US Navy cited in Real Clear Defense, The Diplomat and the National Interest

Bryan McGrath’s speaking tour about the importance of seapower written up in Dorchester Star

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

Bryan McGrath quoted in Portland Press Harold on commercial shipbuilding in Maine

Hudson Statement on New York Times Story About Think Tanks and ‘Corporate Influence’

Bryan McGrath quoted in McClatchyDC on the littoral combat ship program

Bryan McGrath quoted in National Defense Magazine on the number of ships needed to project power in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and Middle East

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

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!

A report from Hudson’s Center for American Seapower cited in National Review

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

Hudson’s Center for American Seapower’s report on the CVN written up in The Diplomat

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

Hudson’s Center for American Seapower report on the importance of aircraft carriers quoted in CNN

Hudson’s report on the importance of aircraft carriers written up in War on the Rocks

Hudson’s event on naval warfare and the Falklands War of 1982 covered in Seapower Magazine

Timothy A. Walton, a co-author of Hudson’s forthcoming report on the future of the aircraft carrier, previews the report in CIMSEC

Bryan McGrath’s article on the size of the U.S. Navy cited in Foreign Policy

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

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

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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