Perhaps because even Afghan president Hamid Karzai is making fun of his geography problems, Herman Cain has revealed the foreign policy team that's bringing him up to speed. This was unusual for the candidate who likes to keep his advisers secret, but with national security emerging as a bit of a weak spot after, the campaign named names. Leading the team is former Navy officer J.D. Gordon, whom the Cain campaign contacted after they saw him on Fox News. Gordon told Foreign Policy's Josh Rogin that Cain's been studying really hard, and "once he gets briefed on something he learns and he retains it. He's been getting smarter on foreign policy every day."
- "Robert Brockhaus, who was community relations manager at the Heritage Foundation and one of the founders of CSD, is now the campaign's assistant vice president for communications and writes "Cain connections," a weekly summary of events that is sent to over 200,000 people."
- "Fellow CSD founder Matt Martini ... is the campaign's new assistant vice price for communications."
- "Mark Pfeifle ... was a CSD board member. He's now senior advisor for the Cain campaign, in charge of rapid response."
- "Roger Pardo Maurer is another CSD board member who is now advising the Cain campaign. He was deputy assistant secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere from 2001 to 2006 under Rumsfeld ... Maurer is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- he did a year-long tour in each country as an enlisted Special Forces reservist. But having attended Yale and Oxford and being well into his 40s, he wasn't the typical Army private. Rumsfeld personally promoted him to specialist in the field in Afghanistan. He's advising Cain on the wars in the Middle East."
- "On international economics, Cain is taking advice from Joseph Humire, a former Marine and senior fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation ... Humire was an advisor for CSD; Atlas is a client of Gordon's consulting firm."