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WILLIAM R. HAWKINS is Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the U.S. Business and Industry Council Education Foundation, where he specializes in international economics and national defense issues.

Before joining the USBICEF, he served as Senior Research Analyst for Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)for five years -- the first year on the staff of the Republican Research Committee, which Rep. Hunter chaired, and the next four years on Rep. Hunter's personal staff, during which period when Rep. Hunter was chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Procurement. Hawkins also hosted the weekly radio program "In the National Interest" which was heard nationally on the Information and Entertainment America Network from 1997 to 2000.

Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Mr. Hawkins served as director of the U.S. Business and Industry Council's (USBIC) Economic Security Action Center. In the 1980s, he was an economics professor at Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and Radford University. He holds graduate degrees in both Economics and History.

Mr. Hawkins is the author of two monographs: "Importing Revolution: Open Borders and the Radical Agenda" (American Immigration Control Foundation, 1994), and "America's Economic Preeminence: Goals for the 1990s" (with Anthony Harrigan, USBIC, 1989). He has also contributed chapters to six other books including "Selected Readings in Military History" (U.S. Military Academy, 1993); "America Asleep: The Free Trade Syndrome and the Global Economic Challenge" (USBIC, 1991); "Peace Betrayed? Essays on Pacifism and Politics" (Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1990); and "The New Federalist Papers" (Claremont Institute, 1989).

During the past 20 years, Mr Hawkins has published over 140 articles, including pieces in The Naval War College Review, Parameters (Army War College), The National Interest, Strategic Review, The Journal of Economic History, The Weekly Standard, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Policy Review, Army, Military History, and National Review, among others. In addition, he is a frequent contributor of op-ed columns to newspapers and worked as a nationally syndicated columnist for the Knight-Ridder/Tribune Newswire 1991-1995.

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