By the Price of Business, Radio Partners of US Daily Review.
James Carafano, one of the nation’s leading experts in defense and homeland security, directs The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies.
Carafano is an accomplished historian and teacher as well as a prolific writer and researcher on a fundamental constitutional duty of the federal government: to provide for the common defense.
His research focuses on developing the national security required to secure the long-term interests of the United States — protecting the public, providing for economic growth and preserving civil liberties.
Carafano’s most recent book is Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World (Texas A&M University Press, 2012), a survey of the revolutionary impact of the Internet age on national security.
In August 2009, Carafano was named director of Heritage’s Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies as well as deputy director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies.
Carafano, a 25-year veteran of the Army who joined Heritage in 2003, manages day-to-day research and program activities of the Allison Center. He also serves as deputy to Kim R. Holmes, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies, in overseeing the centers and projects of the Davis Institute.
Carafano is a weekly columnist on national security affairs for the Washington Examiner newspapers. He also edits a book series, The Changing Face of War, which examines how emerging political, social, economic and cultural trends will affect the nature of armed conflict.
He is one of the principal policy experts who appear in Heritage’s gripping documentary on the case for missile defense, “33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age.”
Carafano was promoted to assistant director of the Davis Institute three years after arriving at Heritage as a senior research fellow. Previously he was a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a Washington policy institute dedicated to defense issues.
In his Army career, Carafano rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served in Europe, Korea and the United States. His assignments included head speechwriter for the Army Chief of Staff, the service’s highest-ranking officer. Before retiring, Carafano was executive editor of Joint Force Quarterly, the Defense Department’s premiere professional military journal.
A graduate of West Point, Carafano holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from Georgetown University as well as a master’s degree in strategy from the U.S. Army War College.