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Adm. Gary Roughead joins Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution has announced that Admiral Gary Roughead will join the think tank as the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Roughead was appointed chief of naval operations (CNO) by President George W. Bush in 2007 and retired from active duty in September.

At Hoover, Roughead says he will focus on the military’s role in the American way of life alongside current Hoover scholars, George P. Shultz and William Perry.

“To focus on policy research and to collaborate with esteemed colleagues is an extraordinary opportunity to remain engaged in public policy,” Roughead said.

Hoover director John Raisian said that Roughead “brings deep perspective to the policy arena that is our focus at Hoover.” He added, “Too much policy dialogue has an absence of history, implicitly suggesting that all new policy issues are sufficiently different that one does not benefit from reflection on past idea formation and practice; we think differently at Hoover and anticipate that Admiral Roughead’s active presence will help us look at how to balance current policy dialogue with more-historical perspectives.”

Roughead served as commandant of the United States Naval Academy, the Department of the Navy’s chief of legislative affairs, and deputy commander of US Pacific Command. He has routinely defended the Navy’s shipbuilding plans on Capitol Hill.

He has received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, among others.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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