Vice president defense and foreign policy studies, Cato InstituteWhen some think tanks are arguing for a larger defense budget, Preble brings his classically libertarian message to the debate: Defense cuts, he argues, will actually make America’s defense stronger. Now that thinking is gaining traction with the likes of Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla,, arguing in his report, “The Department of Everything,” that the Pentagon budget is so larded with special-interest pork that it easily can be cut by more than $60 billion if all those nondefense add-ons are eliminated. CATO doesn’t have the sway of a CNAS, but Preble, a former Navy surface warfare officer, might be onto something.
In the course of a few November days, three people plummeted from the top ranks of the powerful, falling down, and in one case off, the list.
Top editors had just finalized the top 10 for this project when retired Army Gen. David Petraeus abruptly resigned from his job as director of the CIA after admitting to an extramarital affair. The esteemed Petraeus, seen by many as destined for higher office and perhaps even the presidency, had been a fixture in the top 10 from the start.