Justin T. Johnson

Justin T. Johnson

Former Senior Policy Analyst for Defense Budgeting Policy, Center for National Defense, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy

Justin Johnson specialized in defense budgets for The Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy.

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Justin T. Johnson specializes in defense budgets and policies for The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for National Security and Foreign Policy.

Prior to joining The Heritage Foundation, Johnson spent over a decade working on defense and foreign policy issues on Capitol Hill. His last position on Capitol Hill was as Deputy Chief of Staff and Military Legislative Assistant for Rep. Doug Lamborn, who is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Johnson received a master’s degree from the Naval War College with a particular focus on terrorism and the maritime domain. He is also a member of the 2013-2014 Future Leaders Program at the Foreign Policy Initiative, the 2011-12 class of Next Generation National Security Leaders at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and the 2012 class of the Heritage Foundation’s Marshall Fellows.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Johnson grew up in Iowa before moving to Eastern Europe. After living in Germany, Belarus and the Czech Republic, Johnson attended Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia where he studied philosophy and art. Johnson and his wife and three children live in Washington, DC.


Blueprint for Balance: A Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 2018

Mar 28, 2017 Over an hour read


2017 NDAA: The Big Picture Justin T. Johnson

Jul 29, 2016 6 min read


2017 NDAA: Define the Goldwater–Nichols Problem Before Trying to Solve It Justin T. Johnson

Jul 12, 2016 5 min read


Carter's Four Bad Budget Arguments Justin T. Johnson

May 27, 2016 4 min read


We Must Get the Defense Budget Right Justin T. Johnson

Apr 19, 2016 3 min read


Congress Should Enact a Strong Defense Budget in FY 2017 Justin T. Johnson

Feb 29, 2016 5 min read


5 Bad Arguments for Cutting U.S. Defense Spending Justin T. Johnson

Jan 25, 2016 4 min read


Defense Reform Bill Is Biggest in Decades, But More Remains to Be Done Justin T. Johnson

Dec 15, 2015 6 min read