Laura Peterson

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Laura Peterson

Laura Petersonis a senior policy analyst with Taxpayers for Common Sense 651 Pennsylvania Ave, SE Washington, DC 20003.

Laura Peterson heads TCS’ national security program, which includes oversight of the defense, homeland security, and foreign operations budgets as well as defense contracting.

Peterson has written widely on government contracting, foreign affairs, and national security issues as a writer for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (a program of the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC), an associate editor at Foreign Policy magazine, and a Sarajevo correspondent for publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and Cairo Times.

Her work has appeared in several other publications, including the Boston Globe, Lingua Franca, and The American Prospect.

Peterson holds a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a MA in international public policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.[1]

Sustainable Defense Task Force

Paul Kawika Martin June 11 2010.

The Sustainable Defense Task Force with Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA)


Laicie Heeley with Charles Knight, Carl Conetta, William Hartung, Heather Hurlburt, Christopher Preble, Christopher Hellman, Laura Peterson.

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;