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Jed Babbin

Jed Babbin

Jed Babbin is a national security and foreign affairs columnist for The Washington Times and contributing editor for The American Spectator.  

Mr. Babbin is a native of New York City. He began his career as an Air Force judge advocate in 1973. He spent almost three decades in the practice of law as well as in positions including deputy undersecretary of defense during the George H. W. Bush administration. 

Mr. Babbin is the author of “In the Words of Our Enemies,” (Regnery 2007), “Inside the Asylum: Why the UN and Old Europe are Worse than You Think,” (Regnery 2004) and “Showdown: Why China Wants War with the United States,” (with Edward Timperlake, Regnery, 2006.) He co-authored The BDS War Against Israel,” (with Herbert London, LCPR, 2014), “The Sunni Vanguard,” (with Herbert London and David Goldman, LCPR 2014) and, “The Encyclopedia of Militant Islam,” (with Bryan Griffin and Herbert London, LCPR 2016). He wrote the military adventure novel, Legacy of Valor. (Pentland Press, 2000). 

Mr. Babbin served as editor of Human Events, the oldest conservative journal in the United States, from 2007-2010. He has also written for The Washington Examiner, The Weekly Standard and National Review Online. 

Mr. Babbin is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Engineering, 1970), Cumberland School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1973) and the Georgetown University Law School (Master of Laws, 1978).

He can be reached at jlbabbin@gmail.com.

Columns by Jed Babbin

Dumb Pentagon leader and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) budgeting for national defense illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

We need more bang for our Pentagon buck

The Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2025 authorizes the Defense Department to spend $923.3 billion, or about $1 trillion if you're rounding numbers. Published July 21, 2024

Europe, NATO and a second Donald Trump presidential term illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump terrifies Europe

One of the more popular conversations among European politicians is the many reasons Europe should be terrified by the prospect of a second Donald Trump presidential term. Published May 14, 2024

Israel missiles targeting Iran illustration by Greg Groesch / The Washington Times

Iran can be deterred, but not for long

After all of Iran's bellicosity, after all its threats of further attacks on Israel with hitherto unused weapons, Iran is suddenly quiet. Published April 29, 2024

Bizarro Joe Biden insults Israel, supports Hamas illustration by Greg Groesch / The Washington Times

Biden insults Israel, supports Hamas in his Bizarro World

President Biden has manufactured a crisis within a crisis as Israel fights for its life. This is a direct result of Mr. Biden's ham-handed attempt to force Israel into a bad cease-fire deal for Gaza. Published March 21, 2024

Democrats pushing a progressive view on world order illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump, Putin and Fukuyama

Humanity's natural state is not some idealized version of Western democracy; it is conflict and war. Published March 10, 2024

Reforming the FISA Laws Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Congress fumbles on FISA

This past May, this column addressed the need to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which expires Dec. 31. Published December 6, 2023

Axis of Evil 2.0: China, Iran and Russia illustration by Greg Groesch / The Washington Times

Axis of Evil 2.0: China, Iran and Russia

The new "Axis of Evil" has defined itself: Russia, China and Iran. They are on course to combine Russian and Chinese imperialism with Iran's religious fanaticism. Published November 6, 2023