James Carafano. Photo: Chas Geer

Heritage Foundation expert James Carafano will lead Heritage’s team of foreign and defense policy analysts, Heritage’s Board announced today.

As Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, Carafano will replace Kim Holmes, who has led the team for nearly 25 years. Holmes will be taking on a new role as Distinguished Fellow of the Heritage Foundation.

Carafano, an expert on defense, intelligence and homeland security issues,  will also assume the title of Director of our Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies.

A graduate of West Point, Carafano holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from Georgetown University as well as a master’s degree in strategy from the U.S. Army War College. He is a regular guest analyst for the major U.S. network and cable television news organizations, and his commentaries have been published in leading newspapers.

In more than two decades at Heritage, Kim Holmes has overseen several key policy successes. He helped to get America out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, into NAFTA, and away from the Law of the Sea Treaty.  He is widely recognized as one of America’s leading conservative voices in national security policy.

He helped launched Heritage’s flagship product, the Index of Economic Freedom, as well as the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, the Center for International Trade and Economics, the homeland security program, and a missile defense research group.  And he continued to build and refine the Allison Center and Asian Studies Center programs into respected sources of policy analysis.

In his new role at Heritage, Holmes will be working on a book that unites our domestic and foreign policy ideas into a compelling new vision for America’s future.

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