Larry Seaquist contributes op-ed columns to The Christian Science Monitor and other newspapers that subsequently appear in many other newspapers in the United States and internationally. His views are often quoted in articles in major U.S. newspapers including the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. He has appeared as a guest expert in several TV documentaries, as well as on Fox News, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes and various national and regional radio talk shows. His work has also been published in the Washington Post and professional journals, including the US Naval Institute Proceedings, the Defense Intelligence Digest and the National Security Strategy Review. He authored an article on the history of naval strategy-making in the Oxford Companion to American Military History (OUP, 2000) and a chapter, "The Ten Foot Tall Electron," in The Information Revolution and National Security (CSIS, 1998). He is at work on a book, Civil Warring, which explores terrorist violence as one facet of a profound shift in the nature of conflict.
In 1995, he founded the non-profit Strategy Group, an independent, international "do tank." Working in the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Latin America and Europe, he developed a new toolkit for rapidly and inexpensively enabling concrete, locally-led conflict prevention and peacebuilding campaigns. After successful exploratory projects with community leaders in metropolitan Seattle and Washington, D.C., Seaquist is now working in partnership with a team to develop the capability to catalyze, train and support local community-building campaigns in America, as well as in Iraq and other war-torn communities around the world.
A former U.S. naval officer, Seaquist commanded a number of warships, including the battleship USS IOWA, during his 32-year career. His service as a senior security strategist in the Pentagon included an appointment as the director of policy research in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During the 1990-91 period leading up to the Gulf War, he was acting assistant deputy under secretary of Defense for Policy Planning. He has also been acting under secretary of Defense for Policy. In the Pentagon, he created the strategy of "counterproliferation" - the framework for countering the post-Cold War explosion in international arms trafficking.
As a young man working as a meteorological technician for the U.S. Weather Bureau's Polar Operations Service, Seaquist spent a year in the Arctic at Alaska's Barter Island in the Beaufort Sea. He followed that by wintering for 14 months at Argentina's Ellsworth Station on the Weddell Sea in the Antarctic. He was aboard the first Argentine flight to the South Pole. He then returned to college, graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in science.
He is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, a director of the Greenstar Foundation and a director of Americans for UNESCO.