Center for defense information
founded in 1972 by recently-retired, senior U.S.
military officers. CDI became an independent monitor of the Pentagon, and a
watchdog on wasteful defense spending. In the 1980s, it played an active role
in the debate about U.S.
nuclear arms programs, such as the deployment of the MX mobile missile. CDI
worked with grass-roots groups, state governors, church leaders, civic groups
and national policy-makers on these issues. CDI also is credited with having
produced in the 1980s, the first detailed analysis of so-called black programs
at the Pentagon - projects so secret that their budgets are hidden from public
evolved into one of the foremost organizations in the nation conducting
security-related research - and is unique among major think tanks in its policy
of total independence from vested interests.
The Board of
Directors and staff include retired military officers, former U.S.
government officials, and civilian experts in a wide range of domestic and
international security, defense and military arenas.
variety of publications and services, CDI provides information and analyses to
policy-makers around the globe - including the U.S. Congress, government,
international agencies, the media and the public. On television, radio, the
Internet, and in print, CDI serves as an authoritative, impartial monitor of
global security issues, while continuing to meet the increasing worldwide
demand for information and independent ideas.