James Carafano

James Carafano

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Areas of Expertise

  • National Security
  • Military Strategy

Vice President, The Heritage Foundation
Deputy Director, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Former Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Former Senior Fellow, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Dr. Carafano is one of The Heritage Foundation's leading scholars in defense affairs, military operations and strategy, and homeland security. In August 2009, he was promoted to director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies as well as to deputy director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies.

Prior to the Heritage Foundation, he spent 25 years in the Army, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. His areas of expertise included military strategy, joint operations, future combat systems, post-conflict operations, and nuclear weapons. During his service, Dr. Carafano served in Europe, Korea, and the United States and was head speechwriter for the Army Chief of Staff, the service's highest-ranking officer. Before retiring, he was executive editor of Joint Force Quarterly, the Defense Department's premiere professional military journal.

James is a weekly columnist on national security affairs for the Washington Examiner newspapers. In addition, Jim’s op-ed columns and commentary are published widely, including the Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, New York Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today and Washington Times. In addition, Carafano is the coauthor of the textbook, Homeland Security published by McGraw-Hill.

Dr. Carafano is a member of the National Academy’s Board on Army Science and Technology and the National Defense Transportation Association’s Security Practices Committee.

James holds a B.S. in national security and public affairs from the United States Military Academy in West Point, an M.A. in British and early modern European history from Georgetown University, an M.A. in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in diplomatic history from Georgetown.