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Dr. Jerry Hendrix, Ph.D, Capt., USN (Ret.)

Dr. Henry J. “Jerry” Hendrix, Ph.D is a retired Navy Captain, having served 26 years on active duty following his commissioning through the Navy ROTC program at Purdue University.

During his career Hendrix served in a variety of maritime patrol aviation squadrons as well as on supercarriers and light amphibious assault ships. His shore duty assignments were as a strategist on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations, the Secretary of the Navy, the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and within the Office of Net Assessment.

Through these tours, Dr. Hendrix established a reputation for using history to illuminate current strategic challenges. Following his retirement from the Navy after a standout tour as the Director of the Navy History and Heritage Command, he worked as a senior fellow the Center for a New American Security and as a vice president at a Washington, D.C. defense consultancy.

Dr. Hendrix holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in political science, a masters in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, a masters in history from Harvard University, and a Ph.D in war studies from Kings College, London.

He presently serves as a Senior Fellow with the Sagamore Institute with the expectation of continuing to approach the nation’s defense challenges with the solid pragmatic outlook of a native Hoosier farmer, which he proudly is.