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Lawrence J. Korb

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Lawrence J. Korb is a senior fellow at American Progress. He is also 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.

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Latest by Lawrence J. Korb

Trump’s Defense Budget Article
President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Vice President Mike Pence walk into the Pentagon for a meeting on January 18, 2018. (Getty/AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

Trump’s Defense Budget

President Trump has proposed an unnecessarily large increase in the defense budget that will actually weaken national security.

Lawrence J. Korb

5 Ways to Better Manage U.S. Defense Spending Article
The USS Gerald R. Ford is stationed at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia on April 27, 2016. The construction of this $12.9 billion warship faced cost overruns and a construction delay of more than one year. (AP/Steve Helber)

5 Ways to Better Manage U.S. Defense Spending

Before the administration and Congress add significant defense funds to the FY 2018 budget, they should take a close look at the Pentagon’s current spending.

Lawrence J. Korb, Meredith Leal

Why President Obama Should Veto the NDAA Article
The entrance to Camp 5 and Camp 6 at the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention center is seen at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, June 2014. (AP/Ben Fox)

Why President Obama Should Veto the NDAA

The president should veto the congressional National Defense Authorization Act because it contains several harmful provisions but should insist that Congress retain several beneficial provisions.

Lawrence J. Korb

Defense Budget Déjà Vu Article
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Department of Homeland Security on his fiscal year 2016 budget proposal. (AP/Evan Vucci)

Defense Budget Déjà Vu

The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2016 budget request makes important reforms but ignores fiscal and political realities.

Lawrence J. Korb, Katherine Blakeley

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