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Patrick Megahan

Research Associate, Military Affairs

Biography:

Patrick Megahan is FDD’s research associate for military affairs, where his research focuses on the evolving military balance of power in a rapidly-changing Middle East. He manages MilitaryEdge.org, an interactive and cutting-edge online tool that monitors and compares the qualitative and quantitative strengths of state and non-state actors.

Patrick also contributes to FDD's Long War Journal, where he assisted in a two-year project to track Afghan and Coalition operations targeting al-Qaeda and affiliated groups in Afghanistan. He has published in media outlets including The Hill, The National Interest, Al Arabiya, RealClearDefense, and the Center for International Maritime Security, and his work has been featured by The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News, CBS News, and Foreign Policy.

Previously, Patrick served as FDD’s manager of digital communications, where he oversaw the expansion of the organization’s online presence including the relaunch of its website.

Patrick received his BA in World Politics from Catholic University. Prior to joining FDD, he was an intern in the British House of Commons for Robert Walter, MP for North Dorset and then-Chairman of the European Security and Defense Assembly.

Patrick Megahan is FDD’s research associate for military affairs, where his research focuses on the evolving military balance of power in a rapidly-changing Middle East. He manages MilitaryEdge.org, an interactive and cutting-edge online tool that monitors and compares the qualitative and quantitative strengths of state and non-state actors.

Patrick also contributes to FDD's Long War Journal, where he assisted in a two-year project to track Afghan and Coalition operations targeting al-Qaeda and affiliated groups in Afghanistan. He has published in media outlets including The Hill, The National Interest, Al Arabiya, RealClearDefense, and the Center for International Maritime Security, and his work has been featured by The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News, CBS News, and Foreign Policy.

Previously, Patrick served as FDD’s manager of digital communications, where he oversaw the expansion of the organization’s online presence including the relaunch of its website.

Patrick received his BA in World Politics from Catholic University. Prior to joining FDD, he was an intern in the British House of Commons for Robert Walter, MP for North Dorset and then-Chairman of the European Security and Defense Assembly.

Should the United States Sell Fighter Jets to the Gulf?

14th December 2016 – The National Interest

Should the United States Sell Fighter Jets to the Gulf?

Patrick Megahan, John Cappello

The timing and phasing of recent U.S. arms deals in the Middle East underscore the complicated balance for the United States of addressing the concerns and needs of multiple partners in the region who frequently view each other with suspicion. more...

Analysis & Commentary

7th February 2017 – Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Iran pulls missile from launchpad following being put ‘on notice’ by Trump administration

Patrick Megahan

Iran appears to have pulled a ballistic missile that appeared prepared for testing off a launch pad after being put "on notice" by the US, according to a report from Fox News on Tuesday. more...

19th January 2017 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

US Sends Its Expensive Stealth Bombers To Annihilate ISIS In Libya

Patrick Megahan

The U.S. Air Force deployed its ultra-stealthy B-2 bombers to strike an Islamic State camp in Libya Thursday, but it is unclear why such an expensive platform was necessary to attack the terrorist group. more...

8th January 2017 – Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

Israel’s new ‘quantum leap’ strike jets challenge Iran

Patrick Megahan, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Israel recently took delivery of the first of 50 F-35I stealth fighters, considered the most advanced combat jet in the world, from the United States, an event that marks a new and po­tentially critical phase in the Jewish state’s dealings with Iran. more...

3rd January 2017 – The Cipher Brief

Iran’s Maritime Mirage

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Iran is doing enough damage in the Middle East through unconventional methods without requiring a robust navy. That is why an idea floated by a key Iranian military leader to build naval bases in Yemen and Syria makes absolutely no sense. more...