Project on Defense Alternatives

Carl Conetta is director of the Project on Defense Alternatives (PDA).  He was a founding co-director of PDA beginning in 1991.  Formerly he was a Research Fellow of the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies (IDDS) and also served for three years as editor of the IDDS  journal Defense and Disarmament Alternatives, and the Arms Control Reporter.


Mr. Conetta has authored and co-authored numerous reports on security issues and has published in Defense News, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, NOD and Conversion Journal, the Boston Review, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the American Sentinel, Security Dialogue, and Hawk, the journal of the Royal Air Force Staff College of the United Kingdom. Mr. Conetta has also made presentations at the Pentagon, US State Department, US House Armed Services Committee, Army War College, National Defense University, UNIDIR, and other governmental and nongovernmental institutions in the United States and abroad. He is a frequent expert commentator on radio and TV.

Mr. Conetta served as a project consultant on CIP's 2019 Sustainable Defense Task Force and drafted the section on budget savings from force structure cuts and contributed to sections on threat assessment, strategy, economic challenges, and climate change. Carl was the principal author of the previous Sustainable Defense Task Force requested by Rep. Barney Frank in 2010 for use as a tool in debates over how to cut the deficit. It was produced by experts from across the political spectrum and was instrumental in ensuring that the Pentagon budget was subjected to caps as part of the 2011 Budget Control Act.

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