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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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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