Kate Walsh O'Beirne

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Kate Walsh O'Beirne is Washington Editor of the National Review and a member of the advisory board, Center for Military Readiness]] Previously, she was Vice President of Government Relations at the Heritage Foundation; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1986-1988)

In 1992, she was a member of the Presidential Commission on Women in the Armed Forces. Speaking of the Commission, she said "The majority of commissioners felt that, no, women should not be assigned to aircraft. On the other hand, the majority felt that combat ships would be appropriate, some combat ships, and by quite a large plurality, the commission recommended that women not be assigned to ground combat. I certainly could see American women engaging in combat, like they have historically and traditionally in America as a last resort, last line of defense. I assume, like pioneer women did in their day, like the women of Leningrad did in their day, when you're protecting your home and hearth, when men are not available, women will defend. "[1]


  1. Sanford Gottlieb, ed. (28 February 1993), Women Warriors, America's Defense Monitor (Center for Defense Information).