Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis

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The Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA) is an conservative research and strategic planning organization that specializes in issues of national security, foreign policy, political economics, and government-industrial relations.

The IFPA was founded in 1976 by a seed grant from the Scaife Family Trust to focus on "the danger of international communism and the need for a strong defense for the United States."

The IFPA and its small-business subsidiary, National Security Planning Associates (NSPA), provide programs and services that include the following:

  • Tailored briefings for government agencies, military planners, and corporate executives
  • Public forums for the broader discussion of issues critical to the U.S. policy-planning process
  • Reports, point papers, policy recommendations, and monograph- or book-length studies for dissemination to a wide audience of key policy makers
  • Major conferences, seminars, training workshops, and simulation exercises
  • Quick-reaction assessments of breaking events

The IFPA is associated with The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts. IFPA and NSPA have offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.

The IFPA has received millions of dollars in funding from conservative foundations such as the Carthage Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Earhart Foundation and the Smith Richardson Foundation.[1] Military contractors Raytheon, Rockwell International, McDonnell Douglas, Westinghouse, G.T.E. and Boeing Aerospace have all contributed money to the IFPA. So has the Defense Nuclear Agency and the Department of the Navy.

On April 8, 1992, Pfaltzgraff wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal praising the Raytheon-produced Patriot missile, and attacking MIT professor's Dr. Theodore Postol's questioning of its effectiveness. Other members of the IFPA sung the praises of the Raytheon corporations Patriot missile as well. In the fiscal year 1991, Raytheon's Missile Systems Division had donated $60,000 to the IFPA.


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Contact Information

Cambridge Office:
675 Massachusetts Avenue
10th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617 492-2116
Fax: 617 492-8242
Email: mail AT

Washington, D.C. Office:
1725 DeSales Street, N.W.
Suite 402
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: 202 463-7942
Fax: 202 785-2785
Email: dcmail AT

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