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Gary J. Schmitt

Gary J. Schmitt

Gary J. Schmitt, a contributing editor of American Purpose, is resident scholar in strategic studies and American institutions at the American Enterprise Institute. He is editor of the recent publication, A Hard Look at Hard Power: Assessing the Defense Capabilities of Key U.S. Allies and Security Partners (2020).

Articles and Events

Darkening of the Strategic Skies

Darkening of the Strategic Skies

Josef Joffe speaks to Iulia-Sabina Joja and Gary J. Schmitt about a wobbly alliance and Chinese, Russian, and Iranian ambitions.

Josef Joffe, Iulia-Sabina Joja, Gary J. Schmitt
Defining Defense Down

Defining Defense Down

Contributing editor Gary J. Schmitt has read the Biden budget, and updates his assessment of our defense needs and gaps.

Gary J. Schmitt
The View from Prague
Interview

The View from Prague

Czech Deputy Defense Minister Jan Havránek recently spoke with Gary J. Schmitt and Craig Kennedy about threats to democracy, to EU defense, and to transatlantic security.

Jan Havránek, Gary J. Schmitt, Craig Kennedy
A Deal with Three-fifths of a Devil

A Deal with Three-fifths of a Devil

Was the U.S. Constitution’s “three-fifths” clause a treacherous accommodation of evil or a ploy to end slavery? The truth lies in between.

Gary J. Schmitt
China’s Transatlantic Wedge Strategy
Interview

China’s Transatlantic Wedge Strategy

European Parliamentarian and former co-chairman of the German Green Party Reinhard Bütikofer speaks with American Purpose about Beijing’s Europe strategy and how the EU isn’t even close to getting over Trump’s offenses.

Reinhard Bütikofer, Gary J. Schmitt, Craig Kennedy
Pardon Power, Abused

Pardon Power, Abused

Donald Trump’s dead-of-night pardons stray from the Constitution’s intent for the presidential power, and are just another blow to trust in government.

Gary J. Schmitt
Trump’s Exit: The Options

Trump’s Exit: The Options

No matter which of the four ways he goes, there won’t be any free lunch.

Gary J. Schmitt
Strategic Insolvency

Strategic Insolvency

The thirty-year story of U.S. defense decline.

Gary J. Schmitt