Mr. Cropsey served as assistant to the Secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration and as deputy undersecretary of the Navy for policy in 1984, where he was responsible for maritime strategy, strategic education, defense reorganization, and special operations capabilities. He was commissioned as an officer in the Naval Reserve in 1985. During the administration of George H. W. Bush, Cropsey served as principal deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict. In 2005, he served as director of international broadcasting for the U.S. government. He is currently a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and director of Hudson’s Center for American Seapower.