Admiral Gary Roughead, USN (Ret.)

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Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow, Hoover Institution

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Admiral Gary Roughead, U.S. Navy (Retired) graduated from the US Naval Academy.  In September 2007, Admiral Roughead became the twenty-ninth Chief of Naval Operations after holding six operational commands and is one of only two officers in the U.S. Navy’s history to have commanded both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. 

Ashore he served as the commandant at the U.S. Naval Academy, during which time he led the strategic planning effort that underpinned that institution’s first capital campaign.  He was also the Navy’s Chief of Legislative Affairs, responsible for the Department of the Navy’s interaction with Congress, and the deputy commander of the US Pacific Command during the massive relief effort following the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean.

As Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Roughead successfully guided the Navy through a challenging period of transition in fiscal, security, and personnel matters.  He stabilized and accelerated ship and aircraft procurement plans, accelerated the Navy’s capability and capacity in ballistic missile defense and unmanned air and underwater systems, and directed the service’s investigation of climate change and alternative energy.  He reestablished the Fourth andTenth Fleets to better focus on the Western Hemisphere and cyber operations, respectively. Admiral Roughead introduced bold programs to prepare for the primacy of information in warfare and the use of social media within the navy.  He also led the navy through changes in law and personnel policy to draw more inclusively than ever on the navy’s greatest strength, its sailors. In retirement, Admiral Roughead is the Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and serves on the boards of directors of the Northrop Grumman Corporation, Maersk Lines, Ltd and the Center for a New American Security.   He is a Trustee of Dodge and Cox Funds and serves on the Board of Managers of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He advises companies in the national security and medical sectors. 

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