About The Common Defense

The Common Defense was conceptualized in February 2016, and incorporated as a non-profit organization in Washington D.C. in June 2016. In 2017, the IRS formally granted the organization 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, retroactive to June 2016.

A more constructive national security policy process elevated by vigorous discussion and debate focused primarily on actionable recommendations and solutions that are independent of partisan or other special interests.

The Common Defense will serve as an independent voice for America’s national security by providing a non-partisan forum to promote well-informed and analysis-based public discourse on critical challenges facing our Nation, with particular emphasis on drawing upon the expertise of former senior military leaders.


  • Solicit commentary and analysis primarily from former senior military leaders, as well as other thought leaders, who have subject matter expertise and a desire to contribute to the public dialogue on national security issues;
  • Publish the contributions through an online forum and newsletter; and
  • Further disseminate these contributions to a wide range of stakeholders, including policymakers, the media, think tank scholars, academia, and the defense industry.

Editorial Policy:

The Common Defense will welcome guest submissions of fact-based opinion and analysis of all lengths, meeting the following criteria:

  • Offers a unique, thoughtful, solution-based, and previously unpublished take on a timely national security topic;
  • Does not have an overtly partisan or other stance that reflects a special interest;
  • Refrains from overtly lauding or otherwise benefitting a particular corporate interest; and
  • Written by an individual with relevant subject matter expertise who does not have financial ties to any corporate interest or contractor program that may benefit from the article; priority for publication will be given to contributions from former senior military leaders.

The Common Defense will hold no editorial position. The views expressed by authors whose contributions are published by The Common Defense will be identified solely as their own.

Board of Directors

Maj. Gen. Mark Barrett
(US Air Force – Retired)

RADM Fred Rosa
(US Coast Guard – Retired)

Lt. Gen. John Miller
(US Army – Retired)

RADM Greg Smith
(US Navy – Retired)


Maj. Gen. Dallas Thompson
(US Air Force – Retired)

Maj. Gen. Fran Mahon
(US Army – Retired)

Brig. Gen. Kenn Todorov
(US Air Force – Retired)

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