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Mackenzie Eaglen

97 - Mackenzie Eaglen
2012 Rank: 98

Senior Fellow, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute
A hawk who was an adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Mackenzie Eaglen ranks among a new generation of young conservatives critical of her party’s defense messages that she argues erode the traditional view of Republicans as good national security stewards. She argues for a more measured approach to the use of force and budgeting — not giving the Pentagon a blank check, nor cutting government spending indiscriminately at the expense of national security. She argues that if spending has to be cut, so do the expectations of the US military, acknowledging deep cuts are coming that will require the Pentagon to make tough choices and launch overdue structural reforms. Close to tea party members, Eaglen has teamed with other think tankers to brief GOP lawmakers on defense nuances. 

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