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Benjamin H. Friedman was 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


Trump, Nato, and Establishment Hysteria

War on the Rocks. June 16, 2017.

Trump Bows to the Saudis

U.S. News & World Report (Online). May 23, 2017.

The Pentagon’s Blank Check

Boston Review. March 27, 2017.

Blog Posts

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.


An Open Letter on BRAC

June 19, 2017.

Why Washington Doesn’t Debate Grand Strategy

Strategic Studies Quarterly. Winter 2016.

The Danger of Overreacting to Terrorism—and How to Resist It

World Politics Review. August 15, 2016.

Public Filings

Military Restraint and Defense Savings

Testimony. July 20, 2010.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Downsizing Government