Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, homeland security and American foreign policy. He is also the director of the Brookings-ABC Opportunity 08 project.
He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations. O’Hanlon’s latest books are A War Like No Other: The Truth about China's Challenge to America (Wiley, 2007), coauthored with Richard C. Bush, and the edited volume Opportunity 08 (Brookings, 2007). He also recently completed Hard Power (Basic Books, 2006), co-authored with Kurt M. Campbell. He has written Defense Strategy for the Post-Saddam Era (Brookings, 2005) and The Future of Arms Control (Brookings, 2005), co-authored with Michael Levi, as well as a related book, Neither Star Wars nor Sanctuary: Constraining the Military Uses of Space (Brookings, 2004). Together with Mike Mochizuki, he wrote Crisis on the Korean Peninsula (McGraw-Hill) in 2003, as well as Expanding Global Military Capacity for Humanitarian Intervention (Brookings) that same year.
In 2002, O'Hanlon and seven colleagues wrote Protecting the American Homeland, a book updated in 2003. A subsequent coauthored book, Protecting the Homeland 2006/2007, was released in early 2006.
He is also the senior scholar responsible for Brookings’ Iraq Index, which he has created and compiled with Nina Kamp. O'Hanlon was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1989-1994.