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ETEC Meeting: Christopher Ford, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
August 26, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Dr. Christopher A. Ford
Chief Legislative Counsel
U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Dr. Christopher Ford previously served as Chief Republican Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. From 2008-13, Dr. Ford was a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. Before that, he served as U.S. Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Minority Counsel and then General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Staff Director of the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
A graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude), Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and Yale Law School, Dr. Ford was also ordained in 2010 by Roshi Joan Halifax of the Upaya Zen Center as a lay chaplain in a lineage Soto Zen Buddhism. He is also a student of Grandmaster Dong Jin Kim in Japanese jujutsu (black belt 2nd Dan) and Hapkido (also 2nd Dan), and served from 1994 until 2011 as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Ford is the author of the books “The Mind of Empire: China’s History and Modern Foreign Relations” (2010) and “The Admirals’ Advantage: U.S. Navy Operational Intelligence in World War II and the Cold War” (2005), as well as co-editor of “Rethinking the Law of Armed Conflict in an Age of Terrorism” (2012). He has written dozens of articles and essays in international and national security affairs, and manages and writes for the New Paradigms Forum website.