Charles Peña

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Charles Peña

Charles V. Peña is an analyst for MSNBC, and an expert on terrorism, missile defense, and other 'national security' issues. Amongst other roles he is currently a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute. Peña is a right wing critic of the Bush adminstration's foreign policy, and has argued that the Iraqi occupation in particular is an obstacle to an effective counter terrorism policy. Pena is on the Advisory council of the Democracy Institute.[1]

Peña is also involved in the Independent Institute.[2]


Peña received his M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University and B.A. in Political Science from Claremont Men's College.[3]


Peña is currently a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy, and the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute. He is also and an adviser on the Straus Military Reform Project.[4] Peña was previously the Director of Defense Policy Studies at the Cato Institute where he managed programs and studies on missile defence and other long range military weaponry, as well as Navy force structure and costing, joint military exercises, and emergency preparedness and response.[5] In 2008 Peña was appointed Foreign Policy Advisor Republican Presidential hopeful Ron Paul.[6] Peña is currently an analyst for MSNBC television and was an analyst for Global TV (Canada) and Channel One News (a PRIMEDIA Inc. company) during the Iraq war.[7] He is also a regular commentator on national security issues in the print media.


  • Charles V Peña, Winning the un-war: a new strategy for the war on terrorism (Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2006) (ISBN: 1574889656; 9781574889659)

Cato Institute Reports

  • Charles V Peña, $400 billion defense budget unnecessary to fight war on terrorism (Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute 2005)
  • Charles V Peña, Flying the unfriendly skies: defending against the threat of shoulder-fired missiles (Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute 2005)
  • Charles V Peña, The anti-terrorism coalition : don't pay an excessive price (Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute 2001)
  • Charles V Peña, From the sea : national missile defense is neither cheap nor easy (Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute 2000)
  • Charles V Peña, Arms control and missile defense: not mutually exclusive (Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute 2000)
  • Charles V Peña and Barbara Conry, National missile defense: examining the options (Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute 1999)
  • Charles V Peña, Theater missile defense: a limited capability is needed (Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute 1998)


  1. About Us, Advisory Council, Democracy Institute, Accessed 10-February-2010
  2. Senior Fellow, Independent Institute website, accessed 15th feb 2010. Copyright 2010 The Independent Institute
  3. Independent Institute news release, 'National Security Expert Charles Peña Joins the Independent Institute to Address Escalating Terrorism and Nuclear Proliferation', 16 October 2006
  4. Independent Institute, Charles Pena (accessed 6 June 2008)
  5. Cato Institute, Charles V. Peña (accessed 6 June 2008)
  6. Independent Institute, Charles Pena (accessed 6 June 2008)
  7. Independent Institute, Charles Pena (accessed 6 June 2008)