Gary J. Schmitt

About Gary J. Schmitt

Gary Schmitt is the co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at AEI and the director of AEI’s Program on American Citizenship. Mr. Schmitt is a former staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He was executive director of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board during President Ronald Reagan’s second term. Some of his books include Of Men and Materiel: The Crisis in Military Resources and Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence.

The Foreign Policy of George Washington

By |2020-12-03T14:17:27-06:00August 20th, 2017|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, Constitution, Featured, Federalist Papers, George Washington, James Madison, War|

The war between France and Great Britain was the first major crisis faced by the country under the new Constitution. It was a test that the Washington Administration helped the nation pass with flying colors. The following essay is an examination of the Washington administration’s handling of the first major foreign policy crisis facing the [...]

The Foreign Policy of George Washington

By |2020-09-25T00:47:03-05:00April 30th, 2015|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, Featured, George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson|

The total absence of a distinct executive branch under the Articles of Confederation produced a government severely handicapped in the day-to-day management of its affairs. It was the founding generation’s own experience that persuaded it that instilling “energy in the executive” was critical to any constitutional design that aimed to promote sound government. The following [...]

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