Last Wednesday, Cully Stimson appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation hearing to be the next General Counsel of the Department of the U.S. Navy.
Stimson is a Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, Manager of the National Security Law Program, and currently the Chief of Staff for Dr. Ed Feulner. A widely recognized expert in national security, homeland security, crime control, drug policy, and immigration, Stimson is regarded as highly qualified for this position. His wealth of experience also notably includes serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs under President George W. Bush, and over two decades of service in the Navy, where he served three tours on active duty as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) and in the reserves where he holds the rank of Captain.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke introduced Stimson, his friend and former Navy shipmate, at the hearing. Giving Stimson high praise, Zinke said:
Cully Stimson is the epitome of professionalism. He has superb judgment and above all demonstrates a commitment to excellence…I can find no better person to represent the Navy’s interests as General Counsel.
The General Counsel of Navy is is the chief legal officer of the Department of the Navy and is the head of the Office of the General Counsel, the second largest civilian law firm in the federal government.
In his opening statement, Stimson explained the experience he brings to this position:
The national security challenges to our nation span the globe. From non-state actors to rogue states, the threats to our country and our allies are ever-present, ever-changing, and more complex than ever. That holds true for the legal challenges facing the Department of the Navy as it navigates the world of today. Confronting these challenges has been my life’s work. Everything that I have done in my professional life as a prosecutor, national security analyst, strategist, businessman, and military judge has been preparation for this role.
The next step is for the Senate Armed Services Committee to vote to confirm the nomination.
Please join me in congratulating Cully on his nomination as General Counsel to the Department of the U.S. Navy.