The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that Lt. Colonel Eric Hannis, Senior Fellow for Defense Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C., has joined the AHI as a Senior Fellow. Lt. Col. Eric Hannis has held previous positions on Capitol Hill, in the Pentagon, on active duty military service as a U.S. Air Force officer, and in private sector government relations. His articles on national security and foreign affairs have been featured in, or cited in, U.S. News & World Report, RealClearPolitics.com, Forbes.com, Heritage.org, GX–The Guard Experience (official magazine of the National Guard), among other publications.
“We are thrilled to welcome Eric to the AHI, said Richard Erlanger, President of the AHI. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization, and we will benefit greatly from his experience.” “Lt. Col., Eric Hannis,” added AHI Charter Fellow Robert Paquette, “possesses an impressive range of talents, honed in distinguished service to this country. The AHI will proudly introduce him to the public on 11 November as the featured speaker of our annual Veterans Day lecture in military history.”
During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Hannis served as Military Legislative Assistant (MLA) and principal defense advisor to Rep. Randy Forbes (VA), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and current Chairman of the HASC Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. In the private sector, Hannis was Vice President and head of the defense practice at The Russ Reid Company, a government relations firm, as well as Executive Director at Etherton and Associates, a defense consulting firm. While at both firms, he represented both small and large defense companies on Capitol Hill, in the Pentagon, as well as in other government agencies.
Hannis currently serves as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserve. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, as well as the German Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge, gold level. Eric graduated with honors from Hamilton College, where he was a member of the Chi Psi Fraternity, and holds a J.D. from Catholic University School of Law with a certificate of specialization in international law.