About the author
A long-time analyst of global defense issues, Dr. Laird has worked in the U.S. government and think tanks such as the Center for Naval Analysis and the Institute for Defense Analysis. He is a Columbia University alumnus, where he taught and worked for several years at the Research Institute of International Change, a think tank founded by Dr. Brzezinski.
He is a frequent op-ed contributor to the defense press and he has written several books on international security issues. Dr. Laird has taught at Columbia University, Queens College, Princeton University, and Johns Hopkins University. He has received research grants from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the United States Institute for Peace.
He is the editor of two websites, Second Line of Defense and Defense.info. He is a member of the Board of Contributors of Breaking Defense and publishes there on a regular basis. He is a regular contributor to the Canadian defense magazine FrontLine Defence. He is a Research Fellow at the Williams Foundation, Canberra, Australia