National Security

Global Power Competition

The 2022 National Security Strategy describes the threats to vital U.S. national security interests posed by China’s “pacing challenge” and the “acute threat” of a resurgent Russia. While the National Strategy integrates the traditional elements of national power, the military element underpins the rest and is the ultimate guarantor of national security.  Our most important national security challenge is how we structure and employ that military in an increasingly contested and competitive global environment. Admiral John Richardson, U.S. Navy (Ret.), was the Chief of Naval Operations and helped shape the Navy we have today. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he advised the President and Secretary of Defense on the employment of the joint force.

Admiral Richardson graduated from the US Naval Academy and served as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations from 2015 until his retirement in 2019. He previously served as Director of the Navy’s Nuclear Reactor Program and held command at every level of the submarine force during his career. He holds Master’s Degrees from the 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.