Jerry Hendrix

  • Defense Strategies and Assessments

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.

  • April 8, 2016
  • Julianne Smith, Jerry Hendrix
  • Reports

Assured Resolve: Testing Possible Challenges to Baltic Security

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.

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  • January 22, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Working Papers

The Presence Problem: Naval Presence and National Strategy

Experts examine naval presence around the globe and recommend another look at the execution of our national strategy.

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  • October 19, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Reports

Retreat from Range: The Rise and Fall of Carrier Aviation

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.

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  • February 23, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Reports

Avoiding Trivia: A Strategy for Sustainment and Fiscal Security

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.

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  • February 3, 2015
  • Shawn Brimley, Phillip Carter, Elbridge Colby, Patrick M. Cronin, Michele Flournoy, Ilan Goldenberg, Jerry Hendrix, Nicholas Heras, Van Jackson, Katherine Kidder, Paul Scharre, Julianne Smith, Jacob Stokes, Alexander Sullivan
  • Reports

Ideas to Action: Suggestions for the 25th Secretary of Defense

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.

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  • March 8, 2013
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Reports

At What Cost a Carrier?

At What Cost a Carrier?

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.

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  • May 5, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • In the News

At EUCOM, Scaparrotti Faces New Challenge Set

In a Defense News article, senior fellow Jerry Hendrix offers advice to new supreme allied commander of NATO, Gen. Scaparrotti, during uncertain European climate

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  • March 28, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • In the News

Why does the Pentagon want to refurbish a base in Iceland?

Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Director Jerry Hendrix weighs in on U.S. investment in Iceland.

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  • February 17, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • In the News

What China's New Missiles Mean for the Future of the Aircraft Carrier

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.

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  • February 9, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • In the News

Obama’s $4 trillion budget already fails laugh test in Congress

In Washington Times, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Director Jerry Hendrix discusses the administration's FY2017 defense budget.

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  • February 8, 2016
  • Shawn Brimley, Jerry Hendrix, Ben FitzGerald, Julianne Smith, Paul Scharre, Loren DeJonge Schulman, Kelley Sayler, Katherine Kidder, Michelle Shevin-Coetzee, Rachel Rizzo
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: What to Look for in the Defense Budget

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.

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  • February 4, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • In the News

CNO's new vision for the Navy: 5 takeaways

In a Navy Times article, Defense Strategies and Assessments Director Jerry Hendrix emphasizes the need to identify threats faced by the U.S. Navy.

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  • February 4, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • In the News

Iraqi troops rout ISIL fighters in key battle

In a Military Times article, Senior Fellow Jerry Hendrix weighs in on ISIS in Ramadi.

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  • December 21, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • In the News

Navy’s Ships of the Future, Sunk

In the Daily Beast, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Director Jerry Hendrix weighs in on the sinking of the Littoral Combat Ship.

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  • December 18, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • In the News

Audio: Chris Christie Reacts To The Debate And The Way Forward In His Campaign

Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Jerry Hendrix is mentiond in regards to his study on Hugh Hewitt.

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  • December 16, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • In the News

America's new high-tech aircraft carriers are more important than ever, experts say

Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Jerry Hendrix is mentioned in regards to his aircraft carrier report in Fox News.

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  • May 23, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Op-eds

Naysayers Are Learning the Wrong Lessons About the Littoral Combat Ship

In an op-ed in Defense One, senior fellow Jerry Hendrix examines the current state of the U.S. Navy and the importance of Littoral Combat Ships. 

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  • February 23, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Op-eds

China is Cruising for a Bruising

On Defense One, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Director Jerry Hendrix recommends the U.S. Navy prepare to anticipate China's next move in the South China Sea.

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  • February 4, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Op-eds

Iran’s Arrest of U.S. Sailors Reflects Obama’s Foreign-Policy Weakness

In a National Review op-ed, Senior Fellow Jerry Hendrix discusses Iran's capturing of U.S. sailors.

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  • February 4, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Op-eds

America's Naval Presence Problem

In a War on the Rocks op-ed, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Director Jerry Hendrix proposes a new naval strategy for the United States.

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  • February 3, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Op-eds

Stop the Navy's carrier plan

In POLITICO, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Director Jerry Hendrix proposes a plan to 'fix' the U.S. Navy's plan to modernize its largest ships.

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  • December 21, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Op-eds

If China's Goliath Threatens Asia, Then Arm David

In The National Interest, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Director Jerry Hendrix examines U.S. military capacity in the South China Sea.

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  • October 28, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Op-eds

South China Sea Artificial Islands -- U.S. Navy & Law of the Sea

Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Jerry Hendrix penned an op-ed examining how the U.S. Navy can respond to China's island building in the South China Sea in National Review Online.

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  • October 23, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Op-eds

Obama's veto of defense bill offers conservatives opportunity to think hard about spending

Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Jerry Hendrix wrote an op-ed analyzing how Congress can respond to Obama's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act on FoxNews.com.

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  • October 21, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Op-eds

This Is How to Save America's Aircraft Carriers from Becoming Obsolete

Director of the Defense Strategies and Assesments Program Jerry Hendrix wrote an op-ed discussing how to improve U.S. aircraft carriers in The National Interest.

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  • October 21, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Op-eds

The Future of the Carrier Air Wing Looks Dim

Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Dr. Jerry Hendrix wrote an op-ed on the future of the carrier air wing in War on the Rocks.

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  • February 26, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Audio

John Batchelor Show: Jerry Hendrix Co-Hosts discussing the Future of the U.S. Navy

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.

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  • February 4, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Audio

The John Batchelor Show: America on Its Knees

On the John Batchelor Show, Senior Fellow Jerry Hendrix cohosts a show discussing the 'market break' in Asia and the United States.

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  • December 11, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Audio

Vice President Dick Cheney On San Bernardino, Obama’s Foreign Policy, And Setting History Straight

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.

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  • July 8, 2015
  • Michele Flournoy, Shawn Brimley, Jerry Hendrix, Robert D. Kaplan
  • Videos

Video: CNAS 2015 Annual Conference - Opening Remarks & Orienting to the World in 2025

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.

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  • March 26, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Audio

Audio: Jerry Hendrix discusses fiscal security with Federal News Radio

Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Jerry Hendrix discusses fiscal security with Federal News Radio

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  • March 18, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix, Neal Urwitz
  • Videos

Dr. Jerry Hendrix on A Strategy for Sustainment and Fiscal Security

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.

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  • February 23, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Audio

Jerry Hendrix, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, CNAS

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.

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  • January 13, 2015
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Videos

Aircraft Carriers and Maritime Strategy

Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Jerry Hendrix debates the effectiveness and efficiency of aircraft carriers.

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  • November 10, 2014
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Audio

Episode 253: The Fleet we Have, Want, and Need - with Jerry Hendrix

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."

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  • November 7, 2014
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Videos

Former Navy SEAL claims he fired shot that killed Osama bin Laden

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.

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