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Pete Hegseth
Pete Hegseth serves as Chief Executive Officer for Concerned Veterans for America, overseeing strategic direction of the organization. Prior to joining CVA, Hegseth was Executive Director for Vets for Freedom from 2007-2011, where he grew the organization to over 95,000 members.

An infantry officer in the Army National Guard, Hegseth recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan, where he was the senior counterinsurgency instructor at the Counterinsurgency Training Center in Kabul. Pete previously served in Iraq with the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division for their 2005-2006 deployment, serving as an infantry Platoon Leader in Baghdad in 2005, and as a Civil-Military Operations officer in Samarra in 2006. He also served in Guantanamo Bay for a year with his National Guard unit. Pete holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his time in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hegseth appears weekly on Fox News Channel, and has appeared on numerous CNN, MSNBC, The Blaze, and C-SPAN programs. He has written multiple columns in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the New York Post, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center of the American Experiment and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Pete graduated from Princeton University in 2003 and is currently finishing a master’s program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Entries by Pete Hegseth

Obama's Fantasist Policies Make the World More Dangerous

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 2:00 PM

President Obama, with a 45-minute speech before the United Nations, wants us to think he's ready to get serious about facing down Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the Middle East. After months of minimizing the threat posed by the radical group terrorizing Iraq and Syria, and with his credibility and...

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The Next Backlog: Obamacare Brings Dysfunctional VA Model to Broader Health Market

(14) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 6:50 PM

With the Obamcare roll-out looking more and more like a slow motion train wreck, you might think it couldn't get any worse. Surely, you imagine, once they address the website problems, premium cost increases and losing healthcare, things will improve, right?

I wouldn't bet on it. In fact, I'm...

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Put Away the Pom-Poms: Tackling Spending, Debt Still Needed

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 4:45 PM

The Obama administration's has a strange proclivity for patting themselves on the back for "achievements" that anyone else would be ashamed of. Their reaction to this month's revised budget deficit projection is a case in point.

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reported on July 8 that...

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The Dysfunction That Is Veterans Affairs

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 6:32 PM

If you follow news reports about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), you know the department has come in for some rough weather in recent months.

As the number of veterans with pending and backlogged VA compensation claims mounted, critics from across the political spectrum...

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'The Best Means of Keeping the Peace': The Time Is Now for Defense Spending Reform

(3) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 5:10 AM

In December 1945, with World War II at last ended, President Harry Truman focused on the future of the nation's security. In a message to Congress, Truman proposed a new idea: a unified "Department of National Defense" to more effectively confront the challenges and threats of a post-war...

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Pentagon Waste Undermines Readiness, Proves Need for Audit

(3) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 11:45 AM

As the Department of Defense (DoD) prepared for sharp budget reductions under sequestration, many military commentators -- including me -- warned repeatedly that the nature of the cuts (deep and indiscriminate) were bound to have a negative impact on national security.

A month after those cuts began...

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Manufacturing Crisis: President Refuses to Lead on Fiscal Reform

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 11:50 AM

"The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next," President Obama declared in his State of the Union address on February 12.

Yet just over two weeks later, the U.S. drifted into our latest "manufactured crisis" as indiscriminate spending...

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The President's (Losing) Hand: Somebody Call His Bluff!

(127) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 2:47 PM

You thought November was the political 'silly season'? Guess again. February is the new November, with the 'sequestration silly season' reaching a fever pitch usually reserved for the first Tuesday in November. Calls for common ground on policy have given way to partisan finger pointing, an environment with substantial political...

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