Thomas Donnelly

Thomas Donnelly

Thomas Donnelly is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI). Donnelly is a writer, an analyst of military affairs and defense, national security and foreign policy and the author of AEI's "National Security Outlook".refref He has been a Director at the Lockheed Martin Corporation on strategic communications and initiatives since 2002. He was Deputy Executive Director of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) from 1999 to 2002.

Donnelly is a Washington, D.C. native, born June 13, 1953, and educated at Sidwell Friends School. He received his M.I.P.P. from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Ithaca College.

Donnelly began his career as a journalist at his family's "Journal" newspapers in the Washington, D.C. area in 1978. Two years later he began working at "Army Times". In 1985, he helped to launch "Defense News" and became its Deputy Editor (1984-1987). He returned to "Army Times" and served as editor from 1987 to 1993. During his tenure he redesigned the paper and oversaw writing on Operation Just Cause in Panama, the First Gulf War, and the mission to Somalia. He became executive editor of "The National Interest" on 1994 and remained for one year.

In 1995 he moved on to become a professional staff member at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on National Security (now the Committee on Armed Services). Donnelly was appointed Director of the Policy Group of the Committee, a post which he held from 1996 to 1999.

Donnelly was the principal author of "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century" published by PNAC in September 2000.

He and his wife have two sons.

Published works

* "Operation Just Cause: The Storming of Panama", Lexington Books, 1991
* "Clash of Chariots: A History of Armored Warfare", Berkeley Books, 1996

"In 1995, he joined the professional staff of the House Committee on Armed Services and soon was named head of the policy group. His major contributions to the committee’s work included overseeing committee activities concerning the operations of U.S. forces in the Balkans, leading the committee’s investigation of the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia and worldwide readiness problems, and establishing a series of hearings and committee white papers on American security interests in the post-Cold War world. [http://www.aei.org/scholars/scholarID.68/scholar.asp AEI bio]

"In addition, Donnelly drafted significant legislative initiatives to reform the Defense Department’s readiness reporting system, explore the promise of the current revolution in military affairs, monitor developments in the Chinese military, understand the military and strategic effects of an expanded NATO alliance, and shape the requirements for the 1997 and 2001 Quadrennial Defense Reviews." [http://www.ndu.edu/inss/symposia/jointops00/donnelly.html NDU bio]

Taken from [http://www.ndu.edu/inss/symposia/jointops00/o'prey.html Donnelly Bio] for the 2000 JOINT OPERATIONS SYMPOSIUM, “Quadrennial Defense Review 2001: Options and Issues for the Next Administration - November 8-9, 2000.


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