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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 PentagonAmerican National Security: Policy and Process, Future Visions for U.S. Defense PolicyReshaping America’s MilitaryA 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 AffairsPublic Administration ReviewThe New York Times Sunday MagazineNaval 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 PostThe New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington TimesLos Angeles TimesThe Boston GlobeThe Baltimore SunThe Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Books by Lawrence J. Korb:

By Lawrence J. Korb
Absentee Voting, the Military, and Our DemocracyJust SecuritySeptember 16, 2020
Esper’s Lame Attempt To Save Money Off The Backs Of Troops And FamiliesThe American ConservativeAugust 29, 2020
Opinion: For Sen. Cory Gardner, “maximum pressure” on North Korea applies to everyone but TrumpThe Colorado SunSeptember 8, 2019
Too Reckless to Be Commander in ChiefCenter for American Progress ActionJune 29, 2016
At the Reagan Library for debate, wannabes with little in common with ReaganLos Angeles TimesSeptember 15, 2015
Return of the NeoconsThe National InterestOctober 8, 2012
Women in Military Deserve Better CarePoliticoSeptember 24, 2012
The Numbers Don’t Add Up on Mitt Romney’s Defense BudgetCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 31, 2012
Iranian Terror Operations on American SoilCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 26, 2011
Center for American Progress Action Fund Hails Pentagon’s DADT Study FindingsCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 30, 2010
Military Spending Can Grow the Nation’s EconomyCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 2, 2009
Iraq’s Booming Budget SurplusCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 16, 2008
Get RealCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 16, 2008
Strategic Drift in IraqCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 31, 2007
Progress in IraqCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 24, 2006
Opposition to Bolton is About Policy, Not PoliticsCenter for American Progress ActionMay 12, 2005
Overuse of Guard Could Undermine Its EffectivenessCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 24, 2004