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Expertise: Federal budget, military, defense policy, defense budget

Lawrence J. Korb is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. He is also a senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Prior to joining American Progress, he was a senior fellow and director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From July 1998 to October 2002 he was council vice president, director of studies, and holder of the Maurice Greenberg Chair.

Prior to joining the council, Dr. Korb served as director of the Center for Public Policy Education and senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution; dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh; vice president of corporate operations at the Raytheon Company; and director of defense studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

Dr. Korb served as assistant secretary of defense (manpower, reserve affairs, installations, and logistics) from 1981 through 1985. In that position, he administered about 70 percent of the defense budget. For his service in that position, he was awarded the Department of Defense’s medal for Distinguished Public Service. Dr. Korb served on active duty for four years as Naval Flight Officer, and retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of captain. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the State University of New York at Albany and has held full-time teaching positions at the University of Dayton, the Coast Guard Academy, and the Naval War College.

Dr. Korb has authored, co-authored, edited, or contributed to more than 20 books and written more than 100 articles on national security issues. His books include The Joint Chiefs of Staff: The First Twenty-five Years; The Fall and Rise of the Pentagon; American National Security: Policy and Process, Future Visions for U.S. Defense Policy; Reshaping America’s Military; A New National Security Strategy in an Age of Terrorists, Tyrants, and Weapons of Mass Destruction; Serving America’s Veterans; and Military Reform.

His articles have appeared in such journals as Foreign Affairs, Public Administration Review, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Naval Institute Proceedings, and International Security. Over the past decade Mr. Korb has made over 2,000 appearances as a commentator on such shows as “The Today Show,” “The Early Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Face the Nation,” “This Week,” “The News Hour,” “Nightline,” “60 Minutes,” “Larry King Live,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” and “Hannity and Colmes.” His more than 100 op-ed pieces have appeared in such major newspapers as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Books by Lawrence J. Korb:

By Lawrence J. Korb
Russia’s Avoiding Its ISIS Problems, Not Solving ThemThe National InterestSeptember 1, 2016
Using American Power PrudentlyThe American ProspectAugust 29, 2016
Side Deals like the $400 Million for Iran Are Just Part of DiplomacyPoliticoAugust 23, 2016
What would Reagan do? Republicans and the Iran nuclear deal.Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsAugust 8, 2016
Visiting Hiroshima Changed My Mind. It Should Change Obama’s Too.The National InterestMay 24, 2016
The Lessons of the Littoral Combat ShipDefense OneMay 15, 2016
The way back to the negotiating tableBulletin of the Atomic ScientistsApril 21, 2016
Money for Obama’s nuclear upgrades better spent on conventional weaponsReutersMarch 31, 2016
Don’t Fall for Obama’s $3 Billion Arms Buildup at Russia’s DoorDefense OneFebruary 26, 2016
Setting Priorities for Nuclear ModernizationCenter for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2016
America Should Get Its Nuclear House in OrderThe National InterestJanuary 20, 2016
74 Years After Pearl Harbor, Important Lessons for 21st Century ChallengesInside SourcesDecember 7, 2015
Remembering America’s Veterans in 2015Center for American ProgressNovember 11, 2015
The Next U.S. President and the Pentagon’s $610 Billion BudgetFox BusinessNovember 10, 2015
How much will new U.S. stealth bomber really cost? Nobody knows.ReutersNovember 3, 2015
Why President Obama Should Veto the NDAACenter for American ProgressOctober 16, 2015
Why the U.S. military can’t succeed in training foreign armiesReutersOctober 5, 2015
Bombs Away: Why the Pentagon Doesn’t Need an Increased Defense BudgetThe National InterestSeptember 27, 2015
Trust European allies on IranThe Philadelphia InquirerAugust 14, 2015
Getting to a Final Agreement: Nuclear Negotiations with Iran and Congressional ActionCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2015
Defense Budget Déjà VuCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2015
Strengthening the Military Lending Act to Protect Troops from Predatory PracticesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 15, 2015
The War ChestCenter for American ProgressOctober 16, 2014
The Gulf of Tonkin and Lessons for the Global War on TerrorDefense OneAugust 6, 2014
For Pentagon, the price isn’t rightThe HillJuly 23, 2014
Why Negotiating With Our Enemies Is Not a SinForeign PolicyJune 3, 2014
Authorize a New BRACDefense NewsMay 26, 2014
Caring for Those Who Serve: Key Facts About the Veterans Affairs’ Health System in the Wake of the Waitlist AllegationsCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2014
Hagel’s Defense Cuts: A Good IdeaThe National InterestMay 1, 2014
A User’s Guide to the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense BudgetCenter for American ProgressApril 24, 2014
Defense Budget Proposal Postpones Key ChoicesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 25, 2014
For the Pentagon, Diminished Sequester Still Looms Under Congressional Budget DealCenter for American ProgressDecember 12, 2013
Action plan: Keeping Iran from the bombBulletin of the Atomic ScientistsNovember 25, 2013
The Iran deal is good for all sidesThe HillNovember 25, 2013
Korb and Laich: Sex assault and the chain of commandMilitary TimesNovember 19, 2013
The Moral Responsibility of Volunteer SoldiersBoston ReviewNovember 6, 2013
Twice BetrayedCenter for American ProgressNovember 6, 2013
Navy not being straight about new destroyerThe HillOctober 30, 2013
Letter: Fox exaggeratesDefense NewsSeptember 24, 2013
Gen. David Jones: a legacy of efficiency, transformationAir Force TimesSeptember 11, 2013
Mission creep: A short historyPoliticoSeptember 5, 2013
The suspected Syrian chemical attacks: What now?Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsAugust 22, 2013
All in moderation: The US, Iran, and the way forwardBulletin of the Atomic ScientistsAugust 6, 2013
U.S. should tread lightly on IranPOLITICOJune 28, 2013
The Trouble with Low StandardsThe National InterestJune 25, 2013
Take a page from Goldwater’s playbookThe HillJune 24, 2013
Obama in Berlin: Empty aspiration or inspiration to action?Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsJune 21, 2013
Smart spending for national securityThe HillMay 24, 2013
On Benghazi, Congress Could Take a Lesson From BeirutThe AtlanticMay 24, 2013
Lessons from the Past for Syria HawksThe National InterestMay 8, 2013
Trade-offs needed to enhance U.S. soft powerPoliticoMay 8, 2013
Hagel is not reneging on military benefitsThe Hill's Congress BlogApril 25, 2013
The Pentagon Must Carry Its WeightCenter for American ProgressApril 11, 2013
Well-Trained Locals Can Be VitalThe New York TimesApril 8, 2013
Hagel’s RevengeForeign PolicyFebruary 20, 2013
Formalizing the Ban: My Experience in the Reagan AdministrationJournal of HomosexualityFebruary 19, 2013
President Obama’s Commitment to Veterans Must Remain a Second-Term PriorityCenter for American ProgressFebruary 13, 2013
Congress Protects Troops from Predatory Lenders; What About Everyone Else?The Richmond Times-DispatchFebruary 12, 2013
Time to Release a Convicted SpyNew York Daily NewsFebruary 8, 2013
Korb: Defense must be part of debate to reduce spendingThe TelegraphFebruary 4, 2013
Why Combat MattersForeign PolicyFebruary 4, 2013
Chuck Hagel Should Stand by Iraq OppositionPoliticoFebruary 4, 2013
U.S. Can Afford $500 Billion in (Smart) Defense CutsCNNMoneyFebruary 4, 2013
Defense Must Be Part of Debate to Reduce SpendingThe TelegraphJanuary 28, 2013
Barack Obama’s Historic Transformation of the American MilitaryThe GrioJanuary 28, 2013
Rescue the Coast GuardThe Baltimore SunJanuary 11, 2013
Bench PressForeign PolicyJanuary 7, 2013
How to Cut $100B from the Defense BudgetPoliticoDecember 17, 2012
Two Types of GeneralsThe National InterestDecember 14, 2012
What It TakesForeign PolicyDecember 14, 2012
$100 Billion in Politically Feasible Defense Cuts for a Budget DealCenter for American ProgressDecember 6, 2012
Cutting in All the Wrong PlacesThe Huffington PostNovember 19, 2012
Petraeus Resignation Will Help the Country, the CIA, and the ArmyU.S. News & World ReportNovember 13, 2012
Return of the NeoconsThe National InterestOctober 17, 2012
Women in military deserve better carePoliticoOctober 17, 2012
The Enemy WithinForeign PolicyOctober 10, 2012
Pentagon Well Positioned for Spending Reductionmy SAAugust 29, 2012
What’s $2 Trillion Among Friends?Foreign PolicyAugust 21, 2012
Defense Cuts Won’t Hurt That MuchCNN MoneyAugust 2, 2012
Fewer Troops, More SecurityCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2012
Gunpoint StimulusForeign PolicyJuly 2, 2012
Rape in the RanksThe Baltimore SunJune 20, 2012
U.S.-Indian Relations: Permanent Interests Not Permanent Friendse-International RelationsJune 14, 2012
Reflections from the African Land Forces SummitCenter for American ProgressJune 12, 2012
Military Health Care: Facing the FactsThe National InterestJune 7, 2012
What’s Next for NATO?Center for American ProgressMay 17, 2012
The Top 10 Things to Know About Military CompensationCenter for American ProgressMay 11, 2012
Reforming Military CompensationCenter for American ProgressMay 7, 2012
VFW, Allies Mislead on Pay, BenefitsCenter for American ProgressMay 7, 2012
6 Reasons America Is Safer Under ObamaU.S. News and World ReportMay 2, 2012
Protecting Wasteful Military Spending at All CostsCenter for American ProgressApril 18, 2012
Time to Let Hamid Karzai Kick Us Out of AfghanistanPoliticoApril 4, 2012
6 Reasons to Keep the Defense Budget Sequestration CutsU.S. News and World ReportApril 3, 2012
Is Russia America’s #1 geopolitical foe — and if not, who is?Los Angeles TimesApril 2, 2012
New Ryan Plan Hurts U.S. Foreign PolicyCenter for American ProgressMarch 22, 2012
Time to Rein in Defense BudgetPoliticoMarch 7, 2012
No First Use: The Way to Contain Nuclear War in South AsiaBulletin of the Atomic ScientistsMarch 5, 2012
Infographic: Keeping Wasteful Defense Spending vs. Helping VetsCenter for American ProgressMarch 2, 2012
Cost of Malpractice on F-35 Goes UnpaidDefense NewsFebruary 26, 2012
The Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Budget: A Report CardCenter for American ProgressFebruary 13, 2012