Carl Conetta

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Carl Conetta

Carl Conetta is co-director, Project on Defense Alternatives, Commonwealth Institute, Cambridge, MA.

Since 1991, Mr. Conetta has been co-director of the Project on Defense Alternatives (PDA) at the Commonwealth Institute.

While at PDA, Mr. Conetta has been the author of more than 50 reports and articles on threat assessment, military operations, and defense strategy, transformation, and budgeting. And he has contributed to 12 edited volumes on defense issues. Mr. Conetta has served as a consulting analyst for the Council on Foreign Relations, US House Armed Services Committee, South African Ministry of Defense, and for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Conetta has been published in Defense News, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, NOD and Conversion Journal, the Boston Review, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the American Sentinel, Security Dialogue, and Hawk, the journal of the Royal Air Force Staff College of the United Kingdom. Mr. Conetta has also made presentations at the Pentagon, US State Department, US House Armed Services Committee, Army War College, National Defense University, UNIDIR, and other governmental and nongovernmental institutions in the United States and abroad. He is a frequent expert commentator on radio and TV. He edits the Chinese Military Power and Revolution in Military Affairs Webpages.[1]

Before joining PDA, he was a fellow at the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies and served as editor of the IDDS journal, Defense and Disarmament News, and associate editor of the Arms Control Reporter. [2]

Prior to 1986, Mr. Conetta was an editor for four years at South End Press and taught for two years at the University of Connecticut.[3]

Revolutionary Student Brigade

Carl Conetta was chairman of the Revolutionary Student Brigade, at the University of Connecticut in 1974.[4].

South End Press

Workers at South End Press included Carl Conetta, Michael Albert, Todd Jailer, Mary Lea, Cynthia Peters, Lydia Sargent, John Schall, Pat Walker.[5]

Sustainable Defense Task Force

The Sustainable Defense Task Force was formed in response to a request from Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), working in cooperation with Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC), Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), to explore possible defense budget contributions to deficit reduction efforts that would not compromise the essential security of the United States.

The Project on Defense Alternatives coordinated the work of the Task Force. Carl Conetta drafted the main body of the Task Force report in ongoing consultation with Task Force members who developed or digested proposals from the diverse sources cited in the report. A sub-committee of the Task Force reviewed the final draft before publication.

Members were;


  1. PDA staff page, accessed Dec 4, 2012
  2. Sustainable Defense Task force , report June 2010
  3. PDA staff page, accessed Dec 4, 2012
  4. [file:///C:/Users/Trevor/Downloads/1974-11-11%20(1).pdfConnecticut Daily Campus, Volume 78, Number 46,y, November 11, 1974 Page 3 ]
  5. [The Romance of American Psychology: Political Culture in the Age of Experts By Ellen Herman xii Acknowledgements]