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Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland

McFarland

Ms. Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland

Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland is a national security commentator and columnist who has held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan Administrations, and received the Defense Department's highest civilian award. She was a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from New York in 2006. Ms. McFarland's government career began during her freshman year at George Washington University, working part-time in the White House Situation Room typing the President's Daily Brief and became a member of Dr. Henry Kissinger's National Security Council Staff. She studied at Oxford University and MIT with concentrations on nuclear weapons, China and the Soviet Union. She returned during the Reagan Administration as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee staff. In 1982 Ms. McFarland became the speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, and later the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Pentagon Spokesman. Ms. McFarland is the host of the national security video blog, DEFCON-3 by KT, and writes a weekly opinion column for FOX News's online newspaper and regularly appears in the national media.

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