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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.

Books by Lawrence J. Korb:


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The Case for Reducing Defense Spending In the News

The Case for Reducing Defense Spending

Larry Korb argues that the Biden administration must reduce the U.S. defense budget without jeopardizing national security by canceling tactical nuclear weapons; retiring irrelevant and old Navy ships; and slowing the production of F-35 fighter jets.

The National Interest

Lawrence J. Korb

Reviving arms control, post-Ukraine: Why New START still matters In the News

Reviving arms control, post-Ukraine: Why New START still matters

Larry Korb discusses the challenges of nuclear arms control and U.S.-Russia relations that may arise once there is a negotiated peace settlement with Ukraine.

the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Lawrence J. Korb, Stephen J. Cimbala

A Trillion-Dollar Defense Budget? Report

A Trillion-Dollar Defense Budget?

The Biden administration and Congress face eight challenges in calculating the size and distribution of a defense budget that has reached a record size.

Lawrence J. Korb, Kaveh Toofan

How Should the War in Ukraine End? In the News

How Should the War in Ukraine End?

Steve Cimbala and Lawrence J. Korb examine scenarios that might lead to an end to the war in Ukraine.

The National Interest

Steve Cimbala, Lawrence J. Korb

Trump’s misleading claims on military readiness and veteran care In the News

Trump’s misleading claims on military readiness and veteran care

Lawrence J. Korb details the misleading claims and comments that President Trump has made about the military during his time in office and underlines the importance of publicly acknowledging veterans' sacrifice.

Military Times

Lawrence J. Korb

What one late GOP senator from Oregon would have thought about Trump sending federal troops to Portland In the News

What one late GOP senator from Oregon would have thought about Trump sending federal troops to Portland

Lawrence J. Korb explains why the late Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-OR) would be appalled at the deployment and conduct of federal security forces in Portland, Oregon, ostensibly to protect the courthouse that was named after him.

Responsible Statecraft

Lawrence J. Korb

The Progressive Defense Budget In the News

The Progressive Defense Budget

Lawrence J. Korb writes about decisions that should be made in the fiscal year 2021 defense budget—including the provision of funds to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Just Security

Lawrence J. Korb

Troubled History of U.S.-Iran Relations In the News

Troubled History of U.S.-Iran Relations

Lawrence Korb provides some historical context on U.S.-Iran relations and the importance of keeping these past incidents in mind as the United States considers its next steps with Iran.


Lawrence J. Korb

Caring for U.S. Veterans: A Plan for 2020 Report

Caring for U.S. Veterans: A Plan for 2020

Ensuring that future political leaders provide U.S. veterans with the care and benefits they have earned will require legislators to understand how and why the current system has come to be.

Lawrence J. Korb

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