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January 19, 2017

Event: ‘The Decline of U.S. Sea Power’

Henry Jackson Society


TIME: 19th January 2017, 12:00 – 13:00

VENUE: Committee Room 2, House of Commons, Palace of Westminster,
London, SW1A 1AA

Seth Cropsey

Director, Centre for American Sea Power, Hudson Institution

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America has been the dominant force patrolling the world’s seas for years. Now, though, the navy seems underfunded and understocked: it is one short of its usual 11 aircraft carriers, and future plans seem to invariably involve a smaller fleet. Meanwhile, Russia and China are increasing their sea power exponentially. The U.S. admiral responsible for submarines was so impressed by the latest Russian guided-missile sub that he keeps a model of it on his desk – but no such machine is forthcoming in America. China is also building a network of bases from Myanmar to Sri Lanka to Pakistan to Djibouti that will enable the supply, repair, and maintenance of the Chinese combat fleet from the South China Sea to Africa’s east coast – including the approaches to the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.

By kind invitation of Lord West of Spithead, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Seth Cropsey, Director of the Hudson Institute’s Centre for American Sea Power. Mr Cropsey will contend that U.S. naval shipbuilding budgets would have to be substantially higher even to reach the decreasing goals for fleet size. There is no democratic state to take the U.S.’s place if it gives up its global dominance: if America cannot maintain its sea power, it leaves the oceans open for Russian or Chinese naval supremacy. The wider repercussions could be catastrophic.

Seth Cropsey is a Senior Fellow at The Hudson Institute and director of The Hudson’s Centre for American Sea power. Cropsey specializes in national and maritime strategy and U.S. policy in Asia and the Middle East. He served as deputy Undersecretary of the Navy where he was responsible for maritime strategy, defence reorganization, naval education, and special operations. Mr. Cropsey later served as principle deputy assistant Secretary of Defence for Special Operations. He served as a naval officer from 1985 to 2004. He has lectured at Oxford, Boston College, St. Johns College, Pepperdine, defence universities of Central Europe’s former Soviet Bloc states, the University of Cluj (Romania), and other academic institutions.