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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gordon Adams and Lawrence Korb Quoted in Army Times after Pentagon Budget Press Call

Pay reform unlikely for years, budget experts say Critics say House committee members ‘chose pork and hardware over readiness’ By Leo Shane III May 14, 2014 | Army Times Meaningful military compensation reform is likely years away, and even then will happen only if the White House insists on a major overhaul, defense budget experts said Wednesday. In a conference call with reporters, a panel of progressive defense critics with the National Security Network blasted the House Armed Services Committee’s recently passed defense authorization bill for fiscal 2015, calling it a shortsighted plan that ducks budget realities. Committee members “chose pork and hardware over readiness,” said Gordon Adams, a former Clinton administration defense budget official. “They seem to imagine a parallel future where defense budgets… Read More ›

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Top Policy Problems in the NDAA

Top Policy Problems in the NDAA May 14, 2014 Last week, NSN discussed key ways the current House version of the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) hampers smart and effective Pentagon spending. But problems with the NDAA are not only budgetary. The bill also includes policy provisions that would undermine U.S. national security. The legislation that was marked up by the House Armed Services Committee last week includes measures that would hurt the chances of a comprehensive deal with Iran over the nuclear issue by suddenly changing the subject to broader and non-nuclear concerns and provisions that would continue to forestall the closure of Guantanamo despite the cost the facility imposes on America’s image and ability to conduct diplomacy abroad. The bill also… Read More ›

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Press Call: Iran Nuclear Talks, Drafting a Final Deal

 Iran Nuclear Talks: Drafting a Final Deal Wednesday, May 14, 2014 11:00 AM Eastern Time Negotiators from the six world powers and Iran are meeting in Vienna to begin drafting a comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. The panelists on this call will discuss prospects for the negotiations, essential elements of a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, and the effects of domestic politics on the international negotiations. Speakers Laicie Heeley Director of Middle East and Defense Policy, Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation Heeley’s work focuses on weapons proliferation, defense analysis, and Iran. She has published several reports on Iran’s nuclear capabilities and the effects of sanctions. Heeley has been a frequent contributor to CNN and her work has appeared in the Wall Street… Read More ›

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Press Call: Pentagon Budget

Pentagon Budget: Insights into the NDAA Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:00 AM Eastern Time The Pentagon Budget Campaign co-hosts press call with the National Security Network. With the full House of Representatives preparing to consider the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the experts on this call will provide insights into some of the contentious issues that might arise during the debate. The experts will also discuss questions surrounding the Overseas Contingency Operations account, and assess the impacts of sequestration on the Defense Department. Speakers, Gordon Adams Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University Dr. Adams served as Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, from 1991 through 1997. In that position he… Read More ›

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