Economic Liberties Welcomes Lucas Kunce as Director of National Security Policy

August 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — As market consolidation and the financialization of the U.S. economy create new vulnerabilities for U.S. national security, the American Economic Liberties Project today welcomed Lucas Kunce as its Director of National Security Policy. Kunce will be developing and advocating for policy solutions to address the national security issues that result from economic concentration.

“After 13 years as a Marine Officer, I am thrilled by the opportunity to continue serving the country I love by working to take on the dangers of concentrated economic power,” said Lucas Kunce, Director of National Security Policy at the American Economic Liberties Project. “As COVID-19 has made obvious, market concentration has left our nation vulnerable by destroying our supply chains, eroding our production capacity, reducing innovation, halting progress, inflating spending, and forcing us to rely on our adversaries. It is critical that we act now to address the dangers of economic concentration head on.”

Kunce is a Marine veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an attorney and writer who most recently served as Deputy General Counsel at the Defense Innovation Fund. He also previously worked as an International Negotiations Officer on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. Kunce has been published in the New York Times and The American Conservative, where he has explained the dangers of corporate consolidation on the military. He is a graduate of Yale University, the University of Missouri Law School, and Columbia Law School.


Economic Liberties works to ensure America’s system of commerce is structured to advance, rather than undermine, economic liberty, fair commerce, and a secure, inclusive democracy. AELP believes true economic liberty means entrepreneurs and businesses large and small succeed on the merits of their ideas and hard work; commerce empowers consumers, workers, farmers, and engineers instead of subjecting them to discrimination and abuse from financiers and monopolists; foreign trade arrangements support domestic security and democracy; and wealth is broadly distributed to support equitable political power.