W. James Antle III

W. James Antle III

SENIOR ADVISOR & FOREIGN POLICY ANALYST

W. James Antle III is the Washington Examiner's politics editor. He was previously managing editor of the Daily Caller, associate editor of the American Spectator and senior writer for the American Conservative. Antle is the author of Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped? (Regnery, 2013).

Rachel Bovard

Rachel Bovard

FELLOW

Rachel Bovard currently serves as Senior Director of Policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute. She has more than a decade of policy experience in Washington and has served in both the House and Senate in various roles, including as a legislative director and policy director for the Senate Steering Committee under the successive chairmanships of Sen. Pat Toomey and Sen. Mike Lee. She also served as director of policy services for The Heritage Foundation.

Kurt Couchman

Kurt Couchman

VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC POLICY

Kurt Couchman comes to Defense Priorities after six years as a policy expert in congressional offices. Most recently, he was Legislative Director for a Republican member of the House of Representatives. He has developed initiatives and built coalitions in diverse fields such as foreign affairs, defense, trade, health care, transparency, housing finance, banking, and budget process, including two bipartisan balanced budget amendments with more than 60 co-sponsors each. He previously conducted Legislative Affairs for...

Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis, USA, Ret.

Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis, USA, Ret.

SENIOR FELLOW & MILITARY EXPERT

Daniel L. Davis retired from the US Army as a Lt. Col. after 21 years of active service, which included four deployments into combat zones—Iraq (1991, 2009) and Afghanistan (2005, 2011)—and service as a U.S. advisor to the Second Republic of Korea Army (SROKA). He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor at the Battle of 73 Easting in 1991 while serving under President Trump's National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, and awarded a Bronze Star Medal for service in Afghanistan in 2011.

Benjamin H. Friedman

Benjamin H. Friedman

FOREIGN POLICY FELLOW & DEFENSE SCHOLAR

Benjamin H. Friedman is an adjunct lecturer at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, a graduate of Dartmouth College, and a PhD candidate in political science at the MIT.  He previously worked as a Defense Analyst at the Cato Institute and a Researcher at the Center for Defense Information. He's edited three books on defense policy and strategy, published academic essays in International Security and others, and published op-eds in The New York Times, USA Today, Politico, The Atlantic, and more.

Brig. Gen. Rob Givens, USAF, Ret.

Brig. Gen. Rob Givens, USAF, Ret.

FOREIGN POLICY FELLOW & NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERT

Rob Givens is a former Brigadier General who served in the USAF for 27 years before retiring and comes to Defense Priorities having recently served as the National Security Advisor for a Republican presidential and senatorial campaign. Rob has extensive expertise in senior executive level of the national security process, previously serving as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations of U.S. Forces Korea.

Enea Gjoza

Enea Gjoza

FELLOW

Enea is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is also a Belfer IGA Student Fellow. After graduating from Duke University in 2011 with a BA in Political Science and German, Enea worked as an aide in a congressional district office and in the New York City Council. He was also involved in multiple political campaigns at the state and local level in New York and Virginia. Prior to attending HKS, Enea was a policy analyst at the Charles Koch Institute...

Edward King

Edward King

PRESIDENT & FOUNDER

Recognizing the need to challenge the status quo in America's foreign policy, Edward founded the organization in 2015. Edward's worked for more than a decade to change public policy through issue advocacy, political activism, and campaign work. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for Concerned American Voters. He graduated from the University of Florida.

Jeremy Lott

Jeremy Lott

FELLOW

Jeremy Lott is a senior fellow at Defense Priorities. He is the founder of three Real Clear Politics websites (on religion, books, and policy) and a small business owner. Lott has authored several books and was the recognized ghostwriter of former Maryland governor Marvin Mandel's autobiography. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including Barron's, The Financial Times, The New York Post, and USA Today.

Eleanor May

Eleanor May

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Eleanor May most recently served as the National Press Secretary for Rand Paul's 2016 presidential campaign. Prior to that, she worked in the U.S. Senate under Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and Richard Shelby (R-AL). Eleanor graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Mass Communications and English. Follow her on Twitter @_mayeleanor.

Robert Moore

Robert Moore

PUBLIC POLICY ADVISOR

Having spent nearly a decade working defense and foreign policy issues on Capitol Hill, Robert has extensive knowledge of, and experience with, the policy-making process, including how Congress shapes U.S. national security. He most recently served as the lead staffer for Sen. Mike Lee on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He also advised Sen. Lee on matters of foreign relations, intelligence, homeland security, and veterans affairs. He previously worked as part of Sen. Jim DeMint's national security team.

Charles V. Peña

Charles V. Peña

FOREIGN POLICY FELLOW & SCHOLAR

Charles Peña is the former Director of Defense Policy Studies at the Cato Institute and has been a senior fellow at the Independent Institute, the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, and the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy, as well as an advisor on the Straus Military Reform Project. He has more than 25 years experience as a defense policy and program expert and senior manager, supporting the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.

William P. Ruger

William P. Ruger

SENIOR ADVISOR & FOREIGN POLICY SCHOLAR

William Ruger is the Vice President of Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in politics from Brandeis University and an A.B. from the College of William and Mary. Ruger is co-author of "The State of Texas: Government, Politics, and Policy" and "Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom." His recent scholarly articles appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Armed Forces and Society, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Ruger is a veteran of the Afghanistan War.