Robert J. Hanks

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Person.png Robert J. HanksRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(mariner, journalist)
DiedJuly 8, 2001
Member ofLe Cercle
Cercle regular, rear admiral


Commissioned ensign US Navy, 1945, advanced through grades to rear admiral, 1972; service at sea Pacific and Persian Gulf, Bahrain, also Indian Ocean area; Commander Middle East Force, 1972-75; director security assistance division Navy Department, 1975-76, director strategic plans and policy div., 1976-77; retired, 1977; freelance writer, consultant, from 1977. Member U.S. Naval Institute (life, Silver medal essay contest 1968, 80, Bronze medal 1969, Gold medal 1970, 79). Republican.[1]


Numerous articles, books on strategic and international political military affairs and maritime history, including:[1]

  • 1972 - America Spreads Her Sails (contributing author)
  • 1980 - The Unnoticed Challenge: Soviet Maritime Strategy and the Global Choke Points,
  • 1981 - Sea Power and Strategy in the Indian Ocean
  • 1981 - The Cape Route: Imperiled Western Lifeline
  • 1981 - The Pacific Far East: Endangered American Strategic Position,
  • 1982 - The U.S. Military Presence in the Middle East: Problems and Prospects
  • 1985 - American Sea Power and Global Strategy

Later activities

After he retired, he was a freelance writer, lecturer and consultant specializing in the Middle East. He wrote for a variety of corporate media publications, including U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Strategic Review, Naval Review and Shipmate.[2] He was president of the Army and Navy Club from 1990-1991 and a member of the American Legion, Navy League and the U.S. Naval Institute.

Deep political connections

He was a regular at Le Cercle until at least 1985.[1]


Events Participated in

Le Cercle/1982 (Wildbad Kreuth)11 June 198213 June 1982Wildbad Kreuth, West Germany
Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn)30 June 19833 July 1983Germany
Le Cercle/1984 (Bonn)5 July 19847 July 1984Germany
Le Cercle/1985 (Washington)7 January 198510 January 1985US
Washington DC
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