The 2018 Rural Health Clinic Conference



ACU Calls for Stronger IP Laws

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American Conservative Union

For more than two decades, Van Hipp has served as Chairman of American Defense International, Inc., in Washington, D.C. Prior to working in civilian life, he served in the United States Army and served on active duty during Operation Desert Storm. Outside of his work and military service, Van Hipp is also a member of the board of directors of The American Conservative Union.

In an open letter written in December, The American Conservative Union (ACU) called for stronger intellectual property protections to be included in the terms of any renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Along with the ACU, several political action groups signed on to the letter, which identified intellectual property as one of the fundamental pillars of global innovation.

The letter was critical of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, voicing discontent that most of the work of protecting intellectual property under the DMCA falls upon the copyright owners rather than content providers, who tend to take a hands-off approach until a DMCA notice is filed. For these and other reasons, the ACU says it believes stronger intellectual property laws should be a major element of NAFTA if and when it is renegotiated.

NRHA Backs Bipartisan Bill to Save Rural Hospitals

National Rural Health Association (NRHA)

In addition to his role as Chairman of American Defense International, Inc., Van Hipp is a regular cable news TV guest in the areas of national security, counterterrorism, and international affairs. Apart from his work in the defense industry, Van Hipp is a longtime volunteer with the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).

Over the past eight years, almost 80 rural hospitals have had to shut their doors due to lack of adequate funding, and another 673 are teetering on the edge of having to close down. These figures represent almost a third of all the rural hospitals in the country, which is why the NRHA backed the efforts of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), who introduced a bill in 2017 to help save rural hospitals.

The Save Rural Hospitals Act seeks to curb the deep Medicare cuts that have plagued rural hospitals over the past decade. The bill also would help these facilities access new funding streams while receiving a fair reimbursement rate for both the emergency and clinical services they provide to their communities.

U.S. Forces Distinguished Themselves in the Persian Gulf War

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Operation Desert Storm

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the United States Army during Operation Desert Storm, Van Hipp was in charge of most of the mobilization and demobilization of American reserve forces in that conflict. Today, he serves at the head of American Defense International, Inc., a strategic consulting firm he founded in Washington, DC in 1995. In 2015, Van Hipp published the book The New Terrorism, which analyzes current threats from global terrorism and cyber attacks.

The US-mounted Operation Desert Storm in response to then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s attacks against, and occupation of, the Persian Gulf state of Kuwait in 1990. Middle Eastern nations such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia requested the assistance of the US and other Western powers in stabilizing the region. When Hussein ignored United Nations demands for withdrawal, American forces led the coalition air campaign known as Operation Desert Storm early in 1991.

The coalition effort, under UN authorization, resulted in an almost complete rout of Iraqi forces within six weeks, as well as widespread damage to Iraqi communications, military, and civilian infrastructure.

The US 1st Armored Division, active since World War II and known as “Old Ironsides,” earned particular distinction by successfully leading the charge that decimated the Iraqi Republican Guard on the ground. Overall, the allies suffered only about 300 total fatalities in the Persian Gulf War.