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Gingrich assembles foreign policy team in time for Republican debate

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has assembled a new team of advisers on national security just in time for Tuesday’s debate on ... foreign policy and national security. ADAM HUNGER REUTERS Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich listens to a question at Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire November 21, 2011.

According to the Gingich campaign, the team will be led by Herman Pirchner, the founder and president of the American Foreign Policy Council, and will include Robert McFarlane, Bill Schneider, James Woolsey, David Wursmer and several others.

The announcement provides still more evidence that Gingrich’s campaign is expanding quickly in an effort to harness his recent surge in public polls. Following his campaign’s implosion in June, Gingrich’s campaign shrank to a dozen staffers. Now, it’s back up to 40, and money is flowing in at a fast enough clip to allow him to build up his operations in all the key early states, he said during a swing through New Hampshire on Monday.

Some of Gingrich’s national-security advisers will be on hand during Tuesday’s Republican debate, which is co-hosted by CNN and the Heritage Foundation and is being held in Washington.

Here is a complete list of Gingrich’s new team and the biographies supplied by the campaign:

Norman A. Bailey is an adjunct professor of economic statecraft at the Institute of World Politics in Washington and president of the Institute for Global Economic Growth.

Bailey served as a professor at the City University of New York until 1981, when President Reagan appointed him special assistant to the president for National Security Affairs and senior director of International Economic Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. Since 198, Bailey has been an international economic consultant to governments, government agencies, corporations, banks, investment banking firms, trade associations and trading companies on five continents.

Ilan Berman is vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. An expert on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Russian Federation, he has consulted for both the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense. Berman is a member of the associated faculty at Missouri State University’s Department of Defense and Strategic Studies. He also serves as a member of the reconstituted Committee on the Present Danger, a columnist for Forbes.com, and as editor of The Journal of International Security Affairs.

Ken de Graffenreid is currently professor of Intelligence Studies at The Institute of World Politics. Following service in the US Navy as a naval aviator and intelligence officer, he was appointed to President Reagan’s National Security Council in 1981.

Mr. deGraffenreid was senior director of intelligence programs at the National Security Council from 1981 to 1987, when he was charged with evaluating and coordinating a broad range of intelligence, counterintelligence, security countermeasures, space policy, arms control, strategic nuclear and command, control and communications issues. He served at the Pentagon in the second Bush administration as deputy under-secretary of Defense for policy, then as deputy national counterintelligence executive at the Central Intelligence Agency.

John Fonte is a senior fellow and director of the Center for American Common Culture at Hudson Institute. His book, Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or be Ruled by Others? was published by Encounter Books in August 2011.

Previously, Fonte was a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute where he directed the Committee to Review National Standards under the chairmanship of Lynne V. Cheney. He also served as a senior researcher at the U.S. Department of Education and a program administrator at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Robert McFarlane has had a distinguished record of public service including ten years in the White House and State Department, serving variously as military adviser to Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft, counselor to the secretary of state and rising ultimately to serve President Reagan as his national security advisor.

He is a graduate of the US NavalAcademy and served in the US Marine Corps.

Herman Pirchner is the founding President of the American Foreign Policy Council. Prior to founding AFPC, Pirchner worked for current Iowa Senator Charles Grassley and former Iowa Senator Roger Jepsen.

Tina Ramirez is the director of international and government relations for the Becket Fund, a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute that protects the free expression of all faiths. Previously, she served in a number of positions in Congress as a senior foreign policy advisor and expert on international religious freedom, and helped establish and direct the Congressional International Religious Freedom Caucus.

Bill Schneider is president of International Planning Services, Inc. and an adjunct fellow of the Hudson Institute. Schneider served as under secretary of state for security assistance, science, and technology (1982-86) under President Reagan, following service as associate director for national security and international affairs at the Office of Management and Budget (1981-82). He served as dhairman of the General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament from 1987-93, then as chairman of the Defense Science Board (DSB) from 2001-9, and currently serves as a Senior Fellow of the DSB.

Kiron Skinner is the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where she is a member of the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy. She also is an associate professor of international relations and politics at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the university’s Center for International Relations and Politics.

Abraham Wagner teaches in the areas of national security and intelligence at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and is also a senior research fellow at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.

R. James Woolsey is chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC, a Venture Partner with Lux Capital Management, and chair of the Board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. A former CIA director from 1993 to 1995, Woolsey was also: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989-1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977-1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970-1973.

David Wurmser is the executive and founding member of the Delphi Global Analysis Group, LLC, where he provides analysis on the geopolitics and economics of Israel and the Middle East. Dr. Wurmser was the senior advisor to Under Secretary of State John Bolton at the State Department until 2003, then rose to senior advisor to Vice President Richard Cheney on Middle East, proliferation and strategic affairs.

Stephen Yates has been the president of DC International Advisory, a consultancy, since 2006. Before opening DC International Advisory, Yates served in the White House as deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs from 2001 through 2005. During his tenure in government, he was deeply involved in the development and execution of U.S. foreign policy priorities in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

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