To compete and thrive in the 21st century, democracies, and the United States in particular, must develop new national security and economic strategies that address the geopolitics of information. In the 20th century, market capitalist democracies geared infrastructure, energy, trade, and even social policy to protect and advance that era’s key source of power—manufacturing. In this century, democracies must better account for information geopolitics across all dimensions of domestic policy and national strategy.
Lieutenant General Charles Hooper (U.S. Army-Retired) is a Senior Fellow with the Belfer Center's Avoiding Great Power War Project.
General Hooper is one of the Nation’s foremost experts on China’s military and defense industries, U.S. -China military relations, U.S. security assistance, and foreign military sales.
In his final military assignment, LTG Hooper was Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, responsible for the overseas sale of all weapons, military equipment, and logistics support for the U.S. Government.
General Hooper served with the 82nd Airborne Divisions, taught at the Naval Postgraduate School, and managed China and Taiwan policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was also the senior DOD strategist for Africa and the senior U.S. military officer in Egypt. A fluent Chinese linguist, he served seven years in Beijing, including as the U.S. Defense Attaché to China. He has a BS from United States Military Academy and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. Also at Harvard, he was a Senior Research Fellow with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.Last Updated: Apr 1, 2021, 5:04pm