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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.

Israel Shows Its Edge as Arrow Sees Action for the First Time

20th March 2017 – MilitaryEdge.org

Israel Shows Its Edge as Arrow Sees Action for the First Time

John Cappello, Patrick Megahan

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) confirmed that the Syrian armed forces fired surface-to-air missiles (SAM) against Israeli Air Force (IAF) jets late Thursday evening. The S-200 missiles were fired in response to the IAF aircraft striking Hezbollah targets in Syria, and one of those S-200 missiles was intercepted by the Israeli Arrow missile defense system. more...

Analysis & Commentary

20th March 2017 – MilitaryEdge.org

Israel Shows Its Edge as Arrow Sees Action for the First Time

John Cappello, Patrick Megahan

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) confirmed that the Syrian armed forces fired surface-to-air missiles (SAM) against Israeli Air Force (IAF) jets late Thursday evening. The S-200 missiles were fired in response to the IAF aircraft striking Hezbollah targets in Syria, and one of those S-200 missiles was intercepted by the Israeli Arrow missile defense system. more...

13th March 2017 – MilitaryEdge.org

Dawn of the Jihadi Drone Wars

Patrick Megahan, John Cappello

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported February 23 that it had downed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the Mediterranean after it was launched from the Gaza Strip. more...

2nd March 2017 – Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

US military test shows the A-10 ‘Warthog’ can obliterate the small boat swarms that Iran uses

Patrick Megahan

About 35 local boat captains simulated swarming attack maneuvers in fishing boats rigged with machine guns while fighter jets, attack helicopters, and the A-10 "Warthog" simulated attacks from above in the Choctawatchee Bay, Florida. more...

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...