Garrett Exner

Garrett Exner is an adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute, where he writes and comments on US national defense. He is also the executive director of the Public Interest Fellowship in Washington, D.C. He previously served as a staffer to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), as a counterterrorism policy adviser in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as a special operations officer in the Marine Corps with deployments to Iraq, North Africa, East Africa, and the South Pacific. He is also a Contributing Editor with Providence Magazine.

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A Pier Built to be a Stage 

The Biden administration’s humanitarian aid pier only makes sense as a performative act, not a practical one

To Protect Israelis, the IDF Must Enforce What the UN Won’t

If the UN cannot enforce the disarmament of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, the IDF will have to step in to make northern Israel safe

What Does Sweden Joining NATO Mean?

Sweden joining NATO will have immense geopolitical consequences

Faith and Values: Revisiting The Long Gray Line

How a military works to rebuild itself, and how to find value in service to an ungrateful nation are evergreen lessons of Atkinson’s novel.

Quality vs Quantity in Military Production

History shows that a high-end weapon system, alone on the battlefield, can be outmatched and overtaken by lesser systems.

For Great Power Competition, America Can Learn from William Pitt, The Elder

William Pitt, The Elder, 18th Century Prime Minister of Britain, offers many lessons for American statesmen today.