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  1. Doug Bandow

    Advisory Council Member
    Doug Bandow is a columnist at Forbes Online and former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He was an associate at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Institute for Policy Innovation, and Heritage Foundation. Bandow contributes regularly in well-known media publications, and is a frequent guest on the cable news shows. He has written several books, including Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire (Xulon Press), The Politics of Plunder: Misgovernment in Washington (Transaction), and Beyond Good Intentions: A Biblical View of Politics (Crossway). He received his B.S. in Economics from Florida State University in 1976 and his J.D. from Stanford University in 1979. He is a member of the California and Washington, D.C. bars.
  2. Christopher Coyne

    Advisory Council Member
    Christopher Coyne is the F.A. Harper Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the Associate Director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. Coyne is the author of Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails (2013, Stanford University Press), After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy (2007, Stanford University Press), Media, Development and Institutional Change (co-authored with Peter Leeson, 2009, Edward Elgar Publishing), and the editor (with Rachel Mathers) of The Handbook on the Political Economy of War (2011, Edward Elgar Publishing). In addition, he has authored numerous academic articles, book chapters, and policy studies.
  3. Ivan Eland

    Advisory Council Member
    Ivan Eland is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace & Liberty at The Independent Institute. Receiving his Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Washington University, Eland has been the Director of Defense Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. For 15 years he worked for Congress on national security issues, including stints as an investigator for the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Principal Defense Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. He also has served as Evaluator-in-Charge (national security and intelligence) for the U.S. General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office). Dr. Eland is the author of Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq, Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty, The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed and Putting “Defense” Back into U.S. Defense Policy. His articles have appeared in Issues in Science and Technology (National Academy of Sciences), New York Times, Defense News, and countless other publications. He has appeared on all the major news shows.
  4. Charles Faddis

    Advisory Council Member
    Charles S. Faddis is a retired CIA officer and author. He spent twenty years in the Near East, South Asia and Southern Europe running clandestine operations against rogue states, WMD smuggling networks and terrorist groups. He took the first CIA team into Iraq in 2002 in advance of the invasion of that country and retired in mid-2008 as head of CIA's WMD terrorism unit. Prior to joining CIA he was a US Army combat arms officer and trial attorney. Since his retirement Faddis has divided his time between teaching, writing, speaking and consulting for the Intelligence Community. Mr. Faddis teaches Geopolitics and Intelligence Studies at King University and Intelligence Management at the University of Maryland University College. He has appeared on all major US television networks and is a regular guest on radio programs across the country. He is also a contributor to Epic Times, a conservative/libertarian website. Among his many books are “Beyond Repair”, an argument for fundamental reform of American human intelligence capabilities, and “Willful Neglect”, a critique of post-9/11 homeland security. Faddis is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland School of Law, speaks Greek and Turkish and lives near Annapolis, Maryland.
  5. Eric Ham

    Advisory Council Member
    Eric Ham is the author of S.O.S.: A U.S. Strategy of Statebuilding, and he is the chair of the Fragile State Strategy Group in Washington. A U.S. Senate fellow, he was a national security advisor to the Senate Armed Services Subcommittees on Emerging Threats and Capabilities; Strategic Forces; and Readiness and Management Support. Ham also conducted research and analysis for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. At the Center for Strategic and International Studies he was director of congressional relations. He was staff director for the Joint Experts’ Statement on Iran at the 3d Security Initiative. He currently serves as a senior adviser for Global Political Solutions, a Washington-based leading multi-service business development and government relations firm. A political science graduate of the University of Michigan, he also holds a Master of Public Policy Degree from the University of Chicago. He and his wife reside in Washington, D.C
  6. Charles V. Peña

    Advisory Council Member
    Charles V. Pena is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and was previously the director of defense policy studies at the Cato Institute.. He has over 25 years experience as a defense policy and program expert and senior manager—including work for the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. He is the author of the book Winning the Un-War: A New Strategy for the War on Terrorism and is a former analyst for MSNBC television. Pena has appeared on all the major cable news shows, national and international television and radio, and been cited widely by print/web media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Defense News, Defense Week, Space News, and Aviation Week & Space Technology. Peña received his M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University and has a B.A. in Political Science from Claremont Men's College.
  7. Rick Sincere

    Advisory Council Member
    Richard Sincere is a senior research fellow at New World University, where he edits and publishes Sub-Saharan Monitor. He is the author of two books on U.S. policy toward Africa and co-editor (with Zbigniew Brzezinski) of Promise or Peril: The Strategic Defense Initiative. His articles and reviews have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Wall Street Journal, Washington Examiner, Washington Times, and dozens of other publications. He was chairman of the Libertarian Party of Virginia from 1991-96 and foreign policy advisor to the 1992 Libertarian Party presidential candidate, Andre Marrou.