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).
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 the Cato Institute, including expanding the influence of its foreign and defense policy scholars on Capitol Hill. He has also advocated for private industry in the energy and chemicals fields. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Robert E. Cook Honors College, as well as a master's degree in economics from George Mason University.
SENIOR FELLOW & MILITARY EXPERT
Daniel L. Davis retired from the US Army as a Lt. Col. after 21 years of active service. He was deployed into combat zones four times in his career, beginning with Operation Desert Storm in 1991, and then to Iraq in 2009 and Afghanistan twice (2005, 2011). He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor at the Battle of 73 Easting in 1991, and awarded a Bronze Star Medal in Afghanistan in 2011. He earned a Master of International Relations from Troy University in 2006 and speaks level II German and level I Russian. Davis gained some national notoriety in 2012 when he returned from Afghanistan and published a report detailing how senior U.S. military and civilian leaders told the American public and Congress the war was going well while in reality it was headed to defeat. Events since have confirmed his analysis was correct.
Daniel R. DePetris is fellow at Defense Priorities and a Middle East and foreign policy analyst at Wikistrat, Inc. He is a columnist for the National Interest, Rare Politics, the American Conservative, and The Huffington Post. He can be followed on Twitter @dandepetris.
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. He has held command at the squadron, group, and wing levels and holds Masters degrees from the School of Advanced Air Power Studies and the National War College.
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, where he worked on developing new approaches to U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy.
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, a pro-Rand Paul Super PAC. He graduated from the University of Florida.
Bonnie is a columnist at Rare, a contributing writer at The Week, and a communications consultant for Young Americans for Liberty. Her writing has appeared in outlets, including TIME and Politico. You can find more of her work at www.bonniekristian.com or follow her on Twitter @bonniekristian.
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 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.
FOREIGN POLICY FELLOW & SCHOLAR
Charles (Chuck) 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. Peña was also a foreign policy advisor for the 2008 Ron Paul Presidential Campaign. 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.
Matthew Purple is a fellow at Defense Priorities. He is the Deputy Editor for Rare Politics. Prior to Rare, he was the assistant managing editor of the American Spectator. His work has appeared in National Review, the National Interest, the Washington Times, the Daily Caller, and Townhall.com. Follow him on Twitter @mattpurple.
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 two books on state politics: "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.