Dr Robbin F. Laird is A long-time analyst of global defense issues, for the U.S. government and several think tanks, including the Center for Naval Analysis and the Institute for Defense Analysis. He is a Columbia University alumni, where he taught and worked for several years at the Research Institute of International Change. He has written several books on international security issues. His most recent book (with Ed Timperlake and Richard Weitz) is entitled Rebuilding American Military Power in the Pacific: A 21st Century Strategy. He has received various academic research grants as well from various foundations, including the Thyssen Foundation, the United States Institute for Peace, etc.