FRANK GAFFNEY: Founder, Center for Security Policy

Name: Frank Gaffney

Organization: Center for Security Policy

Background: Gaffney, 58 years old, holds a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. From August 1983 until November 1987, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy under Assistant Secretary Richard Perle. In April 1987, Gaffney was nominated by President Reagan to become the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.

In 1988 he founded the Center for Security Policy as a not-for-profit, nonpartisan think tank. Most of CSP’s staff and fellows lean neoconservative, among them Richard Perle, Douglas J. Feith, and the former Secretary of Education in the Reagan administration, William Bennett. Gaffney, though, stands out at the institute for his increasingly strident anti-Muslim views. Anders Breivik, the confessed Norway terrorist, cited Gaffney and CSP seven times in his manifesto.


Funding: Over the past decade, the Scaife foundations gave CSP nearly $3 million, the Bradley Foundation more than $800,000, the Becker foundations about $375,000, and the Anchorage and William Rosenwald funds about $437,000, with the Fairbrook Foundation contributing smaller amounts. All told, CSP received about $20 million in revenue between 2002 and 2009.

Key Quotes: “A mosque that is used to promote a seditious program, which is what Sharia is…that is not a protected religious practice, that is in fact sedition.” [Source]