Frank Gaffney

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Born 1953-04-05
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University
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Parents Frank J. Gaffney Sr. and Virginia Gaffney (née Reed)
Founder of Center for Security Policy
Described as "one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes"

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr is the American founder and president of the Center for Security Policy. He is a contributor and contributing editor for a number of publications, including the Washington Times, National Review Online, WorldNetDaily, and Jewish World Review.

Career in government

Frank Gaffney began his government career in the 1970s, working as an aide in the office of Democratic Senator Henry M. Jackson, under Richard Perle. From August 1983 until November 1987, Gaffney held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy in the Reagan Administration, again serving under Perle.[1]

In April 1987, Gaffney was nominated to the position of Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He served as the acting Assistant Secretary for seven months. During this time, despite his official post, he was excluded by senior Reagan administration officials from the then-ongoing arms control talks with the Soviet Union. Gaffney was ultimately forced out of the Pentagon; The Washington Post observed at the time that within four days of Frank Carlucci's appointment as Secretary of Defense, "Gaffney's belongings were boxed and he was gone".[2][3] Following his departure from government, he immediately set about criticising Ronald Reagan's pursuit of an arms control agreement with the USSR.


Gaffney contributes to the media site Newsmax, writing opinion pieces on topics such as politics, "terrorism", and international affairs in a column titled "Security Watch."[4] Formerly, Gaffney wrote a column for The Washington Times.[5] He also hosts a podcast that has featured guests such as white supremacist Jared Taylor.[6]


The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) describes Gaffney as "one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes".[7]

Gaffney has been associated with David Yerushalmi for being responsible in spreading misinformation about Islam and for encouraging the enactment of anti-Muslim laws, including anti-Sharia legislation in the United States.[8]


According to the Modern History Project, the following are Gaffney's affiliations:[9]


Event Participated in

Colloquium on Intelligence and Policy9 November 1984 - 10 November 1984

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  1. Shadow Elite, Janine R. Wedel, 2009. pp.147–91
  2. Watson, Russell. "At Long Last an Arms Deal". Newsweek. 
  3. "Disarmed but Undeterred; His Once Pervasive Power Waning, The Hard-Liner Awaits the Summit". Washington Post. 23 November 1987. 
  4. Gaffney, Frank. "Frank Gaffney – Security Watch". Newsmax. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  5. "Frank J. Gaffney Jr. Stories – Washington Times". Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  6. Milbank, Dana. "Meet the Islamophobe inspiring Trump to redefine extremism". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  7. "Frank Gaffney Jr.". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  8. Green, Todd (2015). The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West. Fortress Press. ISBN 9781451469905. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  9. Gaffney, Frank J. Jr., The Modern History Project website, accessed 6 Oct 2009