Center for Security Policy to Honor Author Diana West as Recipient of the Mightier Pen Award

by FRANK J. GAFFNEY, JR. September 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPTEMBER 12, 2013:  The Center for Security Policy announced today that the 2013 recipient of its Mightier Pen Award will be Diana West, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of The Death of the Grown-up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization, co-author of Shariah: The Threat to America, and most recently author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character. The award will be presented at a luncheon on November 20th at the Union League Club in New York City.

Diana West's weekly newspaper column is syndicated by Universal Uclick, and appears in over 100 publications nationwide, as well as at her website West also serves as Washington correspondent for the European weekly newspaper Dispatch International. Her work has appeared in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The New Criterion, The Public Interest, Women's Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, and The Washington Post Magazine; her fiction has appeared in Atlantic Monthly. She has made numerous radio appearances and as a former CNN contributor, she made frequent television appearances on the former CNN show, "Lou Dobbs Tonight." She was recently featured in the Glenn Beck TV documentaries "The Project" and "Rumors of War III."

Ms. West joins an illustrious group of authors, journalists and essayists who have received this recognition for their commitment to a robust national security and their efforts to educate our countrymen and women about the need to practice the philosophy President Reagan called "peace through strength."  Previous recipients include: Mark Helprin, Charles Krauthammer, Roger Ailes, William F. Buckley, Jr., A.M. Rosenthal, Andrew C. McCarthy, Norman Podhoretz, Claudia Rosett, and Monica Crowley.

In announcing this recognition, Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President and CEO of the Center for Security Policy, observed:

"Diana West is among America's most thoughtful and intellectually invigorating writers of our time.  Her efforts to illuminate the contemporary threats to our society and culture - and to map out their historical antecedents and the appropriate responses to them - in order to preserve our freedoms, Constitution and nation are exemplary.  We take great pride in bestowing this recognition on a cherished friend and admired colleague."

For information about the Mightier Pen Award event and to make reservations to attend, please contact Tracey Johnson at, or 571-228-2949.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.

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