Matthew Leatherman is an analyst with the Stimson Center's project on budgeting for foreign affairs and defense as well as a contributor to its blog, The Will and the Wallet. His research focuses on the content and process of defense budgeting, including its implications for civil-military balance, national security strategy, interagency policy, and congressional decision-making. While in this position, Matt has advised the Rivlin-Domenici debt reduction panel on defense spending options and published a related defense savings package in the January - February 2011 issue of Foreign Affairs.
Matt graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and American History and from Columbia University with a Masters in International Affairs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The International Herald-Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Raleigh News and Observer, Politico, The Hill, and Defense News.