Charles V. Peña

Charles V. Peña is a senior fellow with Defense Priorities. He has more than 25 years of experience as a policy and program analyst and senior manager, supporting both the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. Peña is the former director of defense-policy studies at the Cato Institute.

Safe Zones in Syria


While President Trump has made it much more difficult for people from Middle East and African countries — including Syria and Yemen — deemed to be a terrorist risk to travel to the United States, he has discussed with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Abu Dhabi’s crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed […]

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The Joys of Flying


In early May, two overseas flights to Boston were diverted to Bangor, Maine, within days of each other. The first was Air France flight 322 from Paris. The second was Alitalia flight 618 from Milan. In both cases, a passenger’s name on the flight manifest matched a name on the U.S. government’s no-fly list. This […]

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Helicopter Politics


The White House has asked Congress for $419.3 billion for the Defense Department in fiscal year 2006 — 4.8 percent more than the Pentagon’s current budget before including money for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan (which will come in the form of an $80 billion supplemental). Although the total value of the Marine One […]

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Surface-to-Air Security


A study released by the RAND Corporation acknowledged that shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles — also known as man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) — are a terrorist threat to civilian jetliners, but concluded that spending $11 billion (plus annual operating costs of $2.1 billion) to outfit the commercial airline fleet with defensive countermeasures was too expensive. To […]

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