ABOUT

The NSSP was established at Georgetown University in 1977.

The NSSP was established at Georgetown University in 1977.

The “DC World Affairs Blog” was created primarily for my students in the National Security Studies Program. The course is over now and the National Security Studies Program has ended. I have kept this website up because I still use the blog. The blog is in the public domain and anyone is welcome to read it.  Visitors may not appreciate some of the old posts because they are related to classroom assignments.  Many of these tasks concern issues which were previously addressed by the U.S. Congress but are still relevant classroom discussion topics.
The author of this blog is Greg Hilton, and the title of my course was “The United States in World Affairs.”  I tried to cover a broad range of foreign policy and defense issues.
As my students will tell you, I emphasize class participation and this is a significant part of the final grade.   Many faculty members will not express a personal opinion, and in a number of institutions a discussion of personal political preferences is banned. I understand the reasoning behind this. However, I have a different outlook.  I never try to convince students to my viewpoint, but I do foster a vibrant discussion.  
I want students to think for themselves, and that is why I challenge them on a regular basis.  I often play the devil’s advocate in class and advocate positions I know will be controversial. This often happens during our group discussion on Tuesday afternoons.  
I was surprised some students found it difficult to follow and participate in discussions of current events.   It was student anxiety which prompted me to start this blog in the first place.  A student will always know if a specific article or analysis paper has been selected for discussion, and in the information age it is essential for students to follow the news.
I strongly encourage students to read a daily newspaper such as The Washington Post, The Washington Times or The New York Times because they provide in-depth coverage of foreign policy and national security issues. Other excellent sources are the bookmarks on the right hand side of this page. I have a real sense of satisfaction and accomplishment from my career. I have written five book length policy papers and I have produced and or directed seven TV documentaries.
I have many fond memories of my old job, but I rarely had a free weekend, and working late at night was often expected. Through various non-profit organizations I have had an opportunity to work closely with House and Senate lawmakers in both parties. I sincerely admire the dedicated men and women who are serving in the U.S. Congress, and I regret the intense partisanship on Capitol Hill. Unfortunately, I do not expect this to change in the near future. I am a conservative Republican, but I am an American first. I want my political party to win but my top priority is making sure our nation succeeds.
I am always interested in listening to both sides of a debate, and this may explain my attachment to C-SPAN. No party or individual has a monopoly on being correct all of the time. I believe if we listen better, we can all learn a great deal from each other. I have traveled extensively for either pleasure or business. My favorite adventures have been peacekeeping operations in west Africa and an extensive trip through much of China. I lived in the Philippines for six months during the Marcos investigation, and I just returned from two weeks in Japan. I will never do it, but I have often thought of living in Asia. A synopsis of my career is as follows: 
POLITICAL
I previously served as Executive Director of the Conservative Victory Fund; Director of Public Affairs for the National Republican Congressional Committee; and as the Republican National Committee’s liaison to the White House Political Affairs Office during the Reagan Administration. I also wrote a full page political column for the conservative weekly Human Events, and a front page article in the Washington Post described me as one of the eight leading activists in the New Right.
NON-PROFIT
I was part of a team which raised over $100 million for non-profit organizations. For 23 years I was Executive Director of the American Security Council (ASC), which at one point had a membership of 312,000. ASC was best known for the slogan “Peace Through Strength” and the organization deserves tremendous credit for fostering the strategic and conventional modernization program of the 1980’s and a foreign policy of freedom. I am still actively involved in helping charities and was pleased to be part of the effort to raise almost $5 million for the “20th and Final Best Buddies Ball.”
ACADEMIC
My best memories of ASC involve numerous trips abroad, our scholarly journal, and the master’s degree level National Security Studies Program which was established at Georgetown University in 1969. ASC’s Congressional Conference Center in northern Virginia was an off-campus center for Georgetown, and we were able to accommodate 60 overnight guests.
ASC’s National Security Leadership Seminars were held on weekends, and for residential interns I taught one course a semester. This program included a variety of academic courses and interaction with policy makers. The key to its success is that it combines academics with valuable work experience. I have written seven book length policy papers and the covers are posted in my gallery. I have many fond memories of my old job, but it was hard work.
BUSINESS
The firm I am now with is based in San Francisco and offers seed-stage venture capital and professional management support to high-tech, start-up companies. The primary focus is the Silicon Valley and we take companies from start ups to stand outs. Private equity firms have pumped billions into a variety of fledgling companies, but the economic downturn which began in 2008 has caused many of them to go out of business. Needless to say, these are challenging times and the capital markets have been changing significantly.
VIEWPOINT
This website is political and I am obviously a conservative Republican. I am not a libertarian, paleoconservative, isolationist or protectionist, and even though many of my friends on both sides cringe, I do miss George W. Bush. It is not unusual in Washington, D.C. to have good friends in both parties, and I am grateful to my liberal friends for being so tolerant of my conservative views. My best characteristics are listening and trying to see things from another persons point of view.

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4 responses to “ABOUT

  1. Sorry, I posted this after the wrong “article”.

  2. George A. Gallenthin III

    Please call me regarding extensioon of internet to state and local government as a means for transparency within two minutes of the government act.
    This is particulalry valuable in reconstruction and stability ops of US armed forces OR to create transparent US, state, and local government acts/expenditures.
    All the preceeding data is on a GIS using nothing more than DELL 600s.

  3. Dear Greg: Hello from another Conservative (living in the belly of the beast aka NYC) and your 2nd cousin. Bill Lee

  4. Dear Greg: I am pretty sure that is you from BHHS days. We met once again just before I worked for Gordon Humphrey. A lot of water under the bridge! Just got off the phone with Alan Pryor and I speak with Bob Kinn periodically when he is not in Afghanistan for the DOD. We should catch up on things. George Kohl

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