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Topic: Nothing Happens For No Good Reason: The Scholarship and Teaching of Harold W. Rood

April 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Ashbrook Center at Ashland University

This event is free of charge.
For more information, contact Lisa Ormiston at (419) 289-5429 or lormiston@ashbrook.org.

“Nothing Happens For No Good Reason: The Scholarship and Teaching of Harold W. Rood”


Dr. J. D. Crouch II is currently President of the Technology Solutions Group of QinetiQ North America. He assumed this role in November 2009 from the position of QinetiQ’s Executive Vice President for Strategic Development. He will be taking over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of QNA following the retirement of Duane Andrews at the end of the current fiscal year on March 31, 2013.

He was Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor until June 2007. He was a senior advisor to the President on national security matters, chaired the sub-cabinet Deputies Committee, and was second in command at the National Security Council. He also serves on several government advisory boards including the Defense Policy Board and the NSA Advisory Board. He also served recently on the congressional commission to review the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review and the Secretary of Defense’s Task Force on DoD Nuclear Weapons Management.

Dr. Crouch served as U.S. Ambassador to Romania in 2004-2005 where he managed this complex relationship at the time of Romanian military deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and the negotiation of a U.S. military presence in Romania. He was extensively involved in developing new and promoting existing U.S. business opportunities in Eastern Europe.

Dr. Crouch served in President Bush’s first term as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. He was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on policy for missile defense, nuclear forces, NATO, Europe, Russia, the Central Asian Republics, the Caucuses and the Balkans, technology security policy, counter-proliferation, and arms control.

From 1993 to 2001, and late 2003 to 2004, Dr. Crouch was Associate Professor of Defense and Strategic Studies at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.

He co founded and was Chief Marketing Officer of PalmGear.com, the Internet’s leading source of Palm OS App Store from 1995-2001.

From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Crouch was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy in President George H.W. Bush’s Administration. From 1986 to 1990, he was the Military Legislative Assistant to Senator Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyoming) and served as the Senator’s staff designee on the Senate Armed Services Committee. From 1984 to 1986, he served in the Reagan Administration as a special assistant to the Assistant Director for Strategic Programs in the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and was an advisor to the U.S. Delegation on Nuclear and Space Arms Talks with the former Soviet Union.

Dr. Crouch has twice been awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal. He received the Alumni Merit Award from the University of Southern California in 2006 and Military Merit Grand Cross with White Ribbon, from the Kingdom of Spain in 2003. He was the Missouri Deputy Sheriff of the Year for 2000.

Dr. Crouch served pro bono for seven years as a reserve deputy sheriff in southwest Missouri, and as a member of a multi-county Special Response Team. He also served on the Board of Editors of Comparative Strategy and was a member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Security Policy. Dr. Crouch also served as an adult leader to a Venture Crew and as a Boy Scouts of America Assistant Scoutmaster.

Dr. Crouch holds a Ph.D. , M.A., and B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California. He has written on a wide range of defense and foreign policy issues. He lives with his wife, Kristin Crouch, and their two children, Lara and Jake, in McLean, Virginia.

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