In today's world, terrorism commands our constant attention. Few people in North America and Europe have the capacity to study and analyze the wide scale number and kinds of threats facing us as a civilization. Even fewer can make constructive suggestions on how to meet and eliminate these threats in an effective way. Van Hipp is one of those few. He discusses the full range of threats. Not just the constant threats of suicide bombers, airplane hijackings, and odious beheadings, but the threats from military and cyber-attacks. He stresses the need to upgrade our missile defenses, protect ourselves from cyber-attacks, and eliminate the danger posed by our porous borders. He calls on our national leadership to rise to the challenge posed by these dangers, and to undertake the steps that will protect us all from these threats.
Van Hipp is Chairman of American Defense International, Inc. He has been involved in defense and security matters since 1990 when he was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Reserve Forces and Mobilizations. Later, he was named by then Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney, to be the Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Navy. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Hipp served on active duty in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Democracy. Hipp is a frequent writer and speaker on defense and international policy issues.
More About the Speakers
Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D.
Visiting Fellow, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy