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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 Los Angeles 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 PhD candidate in political science at the MIT, and an adjunct lecturer at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

More from Benjamin H. Friedman


How Congress Abuses the Budget to Fund U.S. Wars

The National Interest (Online). July 15, 2016.

Can Realists Escape Trump?

The National Interest (Online). June 7, 2016.

No, the Libya Intervention Wasn’t a Humanitarian Success

The National Interest (Online). April 7, 2016.

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 Government