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Christopher Preble

86 - Christopher Preble
2012 Rank: 82

VP, Defense & Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Once Preble — a former Navy surface warfare officer — was a lonely voice calling for the shrinking of America’s sprawling defense establishment. Today, his is an articulate and thoughtful spokesman for the classically libertarian message that America is better off with a smaller military. It’s an idea that is steadily gaining traction among Republican lawmakers, giving them the intellectual scaffolding in their effort to shrink government spending, including the US defense structure. That’s not a surprise as the think tank was founded in 1974 by Charles Koch, one of the Koch brothers who is a prominent backer of tea party Republicans.

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