Seth Cropsey

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Seth Cropsey is an American neoconservative political figure and lobbyist.


He is the son of Joseph Cropsey and father of Gabriel,[1] noted Straussian political philosopher and professor at the University of Chicago. Graduated from Harvard-St. George School, Chicago, IL and St. John's College and received his M.A. from Boston College. From 1977 to 1980, he was a reporter for Fortune magazine. In 1981, Cropsey was speechwriter and assistant to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Between 1982 and 1984, Cropsey was Director of Policy at the Voice of America. He was Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy during both the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush Presidential administrations, and in 1991, was the principal Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict & Interdependent Capabilities.

Between 1994 and 1998, Cropsey was Director of the Heritage Foundation's Asia Studies Center and Professor of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.[2] From 1999 to 2001 he was a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.[3]

He worked as a Director of Governmental Affairs at the lobbying law firm of Greenberg Traurig in 2002, and was a registered lobbyist with that firm.[4]

Crospey was a signatory of the Letter to President Bush on the War on Terrorism.[5] On December 9, 2002, Cropsey joined the George W. Bush Administration as the director of the International Broadcasting Bureau.[6] His works have been published in Commentary, Foreign Affairs, Policy Review, The National Interest, National Review, and The Wall Street Journal and the inaugural Joint Force Quarterly. He is the author of Mayday: The Decline of American Naval Supremacy.[7]


  • American Enterprise Institute, visiting fellow, 1998–2001
  • Heritage Foundation
  • Hudson Institute



  • Mayday : the decline of American naval supremacy.
  • Seablindness : how political neglect is choking American seapower and what to do about it. New York: Encounter Books. 2017.

Critical studies and reviews of Cropsey's work[edit]

  • Sullivan, Sean (Autumn 2018). "[Untitled review]". Book Reviews. Naval War College Review. 71 (4): 150–152.


  1. ^ "Joseph Cropsey." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2007
  2. ^ "Welcome – Right Web – Institute for Policy Studies". Archived from the original on 2014-06-23. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-06-24. Retrieved 2008-02-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "LobbySearch : Lobbyist Profile :: Seth Cropsey". May 8, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-05-08.
  5. ^ [1] PNAC,
  6. ^ "BBG - Broadcasting Board of Governors". Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  7. ^ Wall Street Journal (14 July 2013). "How We Lost The Seas". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2014-06-21.

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