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Dr. David Adesnik

Director of Research

Biography:

Dr. David Adesnik is the Director of Research at FDD, where he is responsible for the oversight of FDD publications and the supervision of FDD’s team of research analysts. His own research focuses on defense policy, strategy, and budget issues.  Previously, David served as policy director at the Foreign Policy Initiative and was a visiting fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. For two years, he served as deputy director for Joint Data Support at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he focused on the modeling and simulation of irregular warfare and counterinsurgency. David also spent several years as research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. In that capacity, he spent four months in Baghdad as an operations research and systems analyst for Multinational Corps – Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In 2008, he was part of the foreign policy and national security staff for John McCain’s presidential campaign.

Dr. David Adesnik is the Director of Research at FDD, where he is responsible for the oversight of FDD publications and the supervision of FDD’s team of research analysts. His own research focuses on defense policy, strategy, and budget issues.  Previously, David served as policy director at the Foreign Policy Initiative and was a visiting fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. For two years, he served as deputy director for Joint Data Support at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he focused on the modeling and simulation of irregular warfare and counterinsurgency. David also spent several years as research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. In that capacity, he spent four months in Baghdad as an operations research and systems analyst for Multinational Corps – Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In 2008, he was part of the foreign policy and national security staff for John McCain’s presidential campaign.

David holds a doctorate and master’s degree in international relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His dissertation focused on the Reagan administration’s approach to democracy promotion. David received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University, from which he graduated summa cum laude. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Harvard University, and the University of Virginia. His work has been published in Foreign Policy, The Weekly Standard, The National Review, The Washington Free Beacon, The Washington Quarterly, Forbes.com, and FoxNews.com. David has served as a commentator on several cable television networks and radio programs.

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House Hawks Look to Outbid Trump on Defense

5th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

House Hawks Look to Outbid Trump on Defense

David Adesnik

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis hinted in recent congressional testimony that President Trump’s budget proposal would not provide sufficient funding for the armed forces. more...

Analysis & Commentary

5th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

House Hawks Look to Outbid Trump on Defense

David Adesnik

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis hinted in recent congressional testimony that President Trump’s budget proposal would not provide sufficient funding for the armed forces. more...

16th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Mattis Promises Defense Buildup Will Begin Next Year

David Adesnik

In a February address to the National Governors Association, President Donald Trump said that the first budget he submits “will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America.” more...