Elaine Donnelly is president of the Center for Military Readiness, an independent, nonpartisan public policy organization that specializes in military/social issues. Founded in 1993, CMR advocates high, single standards in all forms of military training and sound priorities in the making of military/social policies.
Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger appointed Mrs. Donnelly to be a member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) for a three-year term (1984–1986). In 1992, Pres. George H. W. Bush appointed her to the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces.
She is the author of a chapter titled “Defending the Culture of the Military,” which was published by the Air Force University Press in the book Attitudes Are Not Free – Thinking Deeply About Diversity in the U.S. Armed Forces, released in May 2010 and now in its third printing. In May 2007 the Duke University Journal of Gender Law & Policy published her comprehensive, peer-reviewed article titled “Constructing the Co-Ed Military.”
In January 2012 the Center for Military Readiness produced a 15-20 minute illustrated PowerPoint presentation, titled Attitudes Aren't Free: Defending the Culture of the Military. The presentation explains to various audiences why it is important to defend the best qualities and timeless principles of military culture, meaning "How things are done," which are essential for a strong All-Volunteer Force.
Mrs. Donnelly has published articles on military personnel issues in many newspapers and magazines nationwide, including the Washington Post, USA Today, the Boston Globe, Congressional Quarterly Researcher, U.S. News & World Report, the Washington Times, the Naval Institute’s Proceedings, and Human Events, and has appeared on most network and cable network discussion programs. She is a contributor to the Breitbart website Big Peace and CNSNews.com.
Elaine Donnelly has participated in educational programs sponsored by the Naval Institute, Hillsdale College, the Foreign Policy Institute, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, Independent Women’s Forum, and a number of events sponsored by veterans’ groups and military academy alumni organizations. In 1997 Elaine Donnelly was the first woman to receive the Adm. John Henry Towers award from the New York Naval Aviation Commandery, in recognition of her support for naval aviation.
Previously active in volunteer political activity, she chaired the Michigan Republican Party's Issues Committee, and in 2002 she was the recipient of the American Conservative Union’s Ronald Reagan Award. She attended Schoolcraft College and the University of Detroit, is the mother of two grown daughters, and resides in Michigan.
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