Global Power Competition
Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
The 2022 National Security Strategy describes the threats to vital U.S. national security interests posed by the “pacing challenge” of China and the “acute threat” of a resurgent Russia. While the National Strategy integrates the traditional elements of national power, it is the military element that underpins the rest, and is the ultimate guarantor of national security. How we structure and employ that military in an increasingly contested and competitive global environment is arguably our most important national security challenge. As the Chief of Naval Operations our speaker helped shape the Navy we have today, and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he served as an advisor to the President and Secretary of Defense on the employment of the joint force.
Admiral John Richardson, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Admiral John Richardson, U.S. Navy (Ret.), US Naval Academy 1982, served as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations from 2015 until his retirement in 2019 and previously served as Director of the Navy’s Nuclear Reactor Program. During his career, he held command at every level of the submarine force. He holds Masters Degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the National War College. He serves on the board of Boeing and numerous other commercial and non-profit organizations.