Bold. Innovative. Bipartisan.
Bold. Innovative. Bipartisan.
Jerry Hendrix is a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security.
A retired Captain in the United States Navy, his staff assignments include tours with the Chief of Naval Operation’s Executive Panel (N00K), where his efforts centered on Homeland Defense, Naval Aviation, and Navy Missile Defense, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (Force Development) where he served as Executive Secretary for the Irregular Warfare Quadrennial Defense Review cell, and the OSD Office of Net Assessment where he assisted the Director on topics related to forecasting future capabilities and alternative security environments. From 2011-2012 he served as the Director and Designated Federal Officer of the Secretary of the Navy’s Advisory Panel. In this position he assisted the Advisory Panel in their deliberations on the Department’s energy policy and its approach to the Asia Pacific region. He also contributed to the 2012 Department Posture Statement to the Congress. Following the fall, 2011 Navy Inspector General’s Report on the state of the Naval History and Heritage Command, he was verbally ordered by the Secretary to assume the position of Director of Naval History.
Hendrix previously served as the Navy Fellow to the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University where he focused on the use of naval power as an instrument of coercive diplomacy. He has been awarded a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from Purdue University, Masters Degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School (National Security Affairs) and Harvard University (History) and received his doctorate from King’s College, London (War Studies). His awards include two Legion of Merit awards, and the Defense Superior Service Medal. He has twice been named the Samuel Eliot Morison Scholar by the Navy Historical Center in Washington, DC, and was also the Center’s 2005 Rear Admiral John D. Hays Fellow. He also held the Marine Corps’ General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. Fellowship. He authored the book Theodore Roosevelt’s Naval Diplomacy and received a number of awards, including the United States Naval Institute’s Author of the Year and the Navy League’s Alfred T. Mahan Award for Literary Achievement.
CNAS senior fellows Julianne Smith and Jerry Hendrix examine possible security challenges in effort to prepare the United States and Europe for future existential threats posed by Russia.Read More
Experts examine naval presence around the globe and recommend another look at the execution of our national strategy.Read More
Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Director Dr. Jerry Hendrix argues that aircraft carriers, at a cost over $13 billion a piece, risk becoming obsolete without a major shift in strategy.Read More
The report argues that the United States has strayed from its historic and cultural approach to the world, leaving behind its traditional maritime-focused, technologically innovative, free-trade based strategy.Read More
In advance of Dr. Ashton Carter’s upcoming nomination hearing to be Secretary of Defense, CNAS experts have produced a series of commentaries outlining the key issues the 25th Secretary of Defense will face.Read More
In At What Cost a Carrier?, career naval flight officer Captain Henry J. Hendrix (Ph.D.), argues that the aircraft carrier -- the centerpiece of American naval operations for over 70 years -- is in danger of becoming too vulnerable to be relevant in future conflicts. Captain Hendrix examines the life-cycle costs and utility of the aircraft carrier and recommends a new approach for American naval operations in this report, the first in the new “Disruptive Defense Papers” series published by CNAS.Read More
In Time Magazine, Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Jerry Hendrix describes the critical turning point the U.S. and China have reached in the South China Sea.Read More
Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Jerry Hendrix explains the technology of the new Chinese 093B Nuclear Attack Submarine in The National Interest.Read More
In a Defense News article, senior fellow Jerry Hendrix offers advice to new supreme allied commander of NATO, Gen. Scaparrotti, during uncertain European climateRead More
Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Director Jerry Hendrix weighs in on U.S. investment in Iceland.Read More
In Newsweek, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Director Jerry Hendrix advises the U.S. Navy to purchase an aircraft that can span the missile’s 900-mile distance.Read More
In Washington Times, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Director Jerry Hendrix discusses the administration's FY2017 defense budget.Read More
With the FY 2017 Defense Budget set to drop this week and Secretary Carter having outlined budget last week, ten CNAS experts have provided insight into the key items to look for in the budget.Read More
In a Navy Times article, Defense Strategies and Assessments Director Jerry Hendrix emphasizes the need to identify threats faced by the U.S. Navy.Read More
In a Military Times article, Senior Fellow Jerry Hendrix weighs in on ISIS in Ramadi.Read More
Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Director Jerry Hendrix co-hosts the John Batchelor Show discussing the future of the U.S. Navy and the United States under pressure by China in the Pacific.Read More
On the John Batchelor Show, Senior Fellow Jerry Hendrix cohosts a show discussing the 'market break' in Asia and the United States.Read More
Hugh Hewitt cites Senior Fellow Jerry Hendrix's report, "Retreat From Range," in an on-air conversation with former Vice President Dick Cheney on the aircraft carrier debate.Read More
Chief Executive Officer Michèle Flournoy and Executive Vice President Shawn Brimley welcome attendees to the conference. Senior Fellow Robert D. Kaplan, Senior Fellow Dr. Jerry Hendrix, and Chief Executive Officer of Caerus Associates, Dr. Erin Simpson discuss the rise and fall of global powers and what developments we can expect in the next decade.Read More
Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Jerry Hendrix discusses fiscal security with Federal News RadioRead More
Defense Strategies and Assessments Director Dr. Jerry Hendrix discusses his new report, "Avoiding Trivia: A Strategy for Sustainment and Fiscal Security" with Neal Urwitz, director of external relations at CNAS.Read More
Senior Fellow Jerry Hendrix joined the Federal Drive (Federal News Radio) to discuss the new fighter, said to replacethe F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18 Growler by 2030.Read More
Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Jerry Hendrix debates the effectiveness and efficiency of aircraft carriers.Read More
Senior Fellow Dr. Jerry Hendrix joins MidRats to discuss "the proper fleet structure for the USN as we design our Navy that will serve its nation in mid-Century."Read More
Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Director Jerry Hendrix joins CBS This Morning to discuss the former Navy SEAL who claims he fired shot that killed Osama bin Laden.Read More