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Barry Blechman

85 - Barry Blechman
2012 Rank: 96

Co-founder, Stimson Center
Blechman — a thoughtful, soft-spoken strategist and longtime advocate of eliminating nuclear weapons — and his colleagues at the Stimson Center have produced valuable analysis and commentary that could help aid the Pentagon as it faces steep cuts to planned spending levels in the coming years. A bipartisan panel he assembled has offered what some consider among the most balanced templates for the Pentagon. That insight is derived from decades of experience at the Pentagon, State Department and the Office of Management and Budget as well as industry — he was the CEO of DFI International, one of Washington’s most successful defense consultancies — and served on top advisory panels, including the Defense Policy Board and the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy. 

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