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Benjamin H. Friedman is a research fellow in defense and homeland security studies. He writes about U.S. defense politics, focusing on strategy, budgeting, and war. He has co-edited two books and has published in International Security, Political Science Quarterly, Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the LA Times, the Atlantic, the Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, the Hill, Politico, the Christian Science Monitor, and various other journals. Ben is a graduate of Dartmouth College, a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an Adjunct Lecturer at George Washington’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

More from Benjamin H. Friedman


Drones and the Epoch of One-Click Wars

Washington Examiner. July 20, 2015.

Hawks are Winning the Military Budget Wars

National Interest (Online). March 20, 2015.

The Pentagon’s Bloat

Boston Globe. February 17, 2015.

Cato Studies

The End of Overkill? Reassessing U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

White Paper. September 24, 2013.

Budgetary Savings from Military Restraint

Policy Analysis No. 667. September 21, 2010.

Learning the Right Lessons from Iraq

Policy Analysis No. 610. February 13, 2008.

Public Filings

Military Restraint and Defense Savings

Testimony. July 20, 2010.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Downsizing the Federal Government