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War & Statesmanship

Douglas Feith

Hudson Institute

Douglas J. Feith is director of the Center for National Security Strategies and a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. He served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from July, 2001 to August, 2005. In that position Mr. Feith helped devise the U.S. government’s strategy for the war on terrorism and contributed to policy for the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns. War and Decision, his best-selling memoir of his Pentagon work on the war on terrorism, was published in 2008. For the 15 years before his appointment by President George W. Bush, Mr. Feith was the managing attorney of the Washington, D.C. law firm Feith & Zell, P.C. During the Reagan administration he worked in the White House as a Middle East specialist at the National Security Council and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy. After each of his Pentagon tours, Mr. Feith received the Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Defense Department’s highest civilian award. His writings on foreign and defense affairs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Commentary, The New Republic, and other publications. Mr. Feith was a Belfer Center Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He held the position of Professor and Distinguished Practitioner in National Security Policy at Georgetown University from 2006 to 2008 and was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center and an A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College.