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Thu, Mar 18, 2021

US national defense strategy and the future of foreign military sales

Ongoing great-power competition, US efforts to strengthen alliances and partnerships, and the global dominance of the US defense industry will ensure that FMS remains a policy tool of first resort. This being the case, US policymakers need to ensure that it is the most efficient tool that it can be.

Seizing the advantage by Charles W. Hooper

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Wed, Mar 10, 2021

Hooper appointed to Two Six Technologies board

On March 10, it was announced that Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow Charles Hooper was appointed to the board of directors of Two Six Technologies, a defense and cybersecurity firm.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy United States and Canada

Mon, Feb 22, 2021

LTG Hooper participates in Harvard Kennedy School event

On February 22, FD NRSF LTG Charles Hooper was featured on a panel at a Harvard Kennedy School event titled “Diversity in the Services.” His remarks will focus on his path in the military and how the armed services can improve diversity and combat racism.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Extremism

Lieutenant General (Retired) Charles “Hoop” Hooper is known as an agile, resilient, and high-impact leader, who offers an uncommon blend of strategy and partnership development, disciplined leadership, and operational expertise—supplemented by global insight and deep cross-cultural experience. He is one of the nation’s foremost experts China’s military and defense industries, US-China military relations, US security cooperation and financial assistance, and foreign military sales. Hooper has over thirty years of experience in security policy formulation and execution, strategic intelligence, military diplomacy, sensitive negotiations, education, and transformational leadership of large, complex organizations. He has served in operational assignments with the 25th Infantry and 82nd Airborne Divisions, taught Chinese foreign policy at the Naval Postgraduate School, and served as the senior China policy official in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the senior Department of Defense strategist and planner for US Africa Command, and the senior US military officer in Egypt. He is a fluent Chinese linguist who served seven years in Beijing, culminating with his assignment as US Defense Attaché to China from 2007 to 2009. In his final military assignment, Hooper was director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, responsible for the overseas sale of all weapons, military equipment, support services, and training packages for the United States government. He was also a postgraduate research fellow at the Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Among his numerous honors, Hooper was awarded the National Defense Medal by the French Government and was the first Army student-officer and first Harvard Kennedy School of Government student selected to give a Harvard University graduate student commencement address. He is a member of MENSA, the Council on Foreign Relations, and is on the board of directors of the National Bureau of Asian Research.

Hooper holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, West Point, a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. In addition to English, Hooper speaks Mandarin Chinese and the Egyptian dialect of Arabic.