Benjamin H. Friedman

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Benjamin H. Friedman is a research fellow, at the Cato Institute.


Benjamin H. Friedman is a research fellow in defense and homeland security studies. His areas of expertise include counter-terrorism, homeland security and defense politics, with a focus on threat perception. He is co-editor of a book on US military innovation since the Cold War, US Military Innovation since the Cold War: Creation Without Destruction (Routledge, 2009). His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Baltimore Sun,, Defense News, and several other newspapers and journals.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth Collegeband a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and an affiliate of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[1]

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;