February 13, 2013
By Heather Hurlburt February 13, 2013 | The Guardian Beyond any words that were spoken, Internews’ Jamal Dajani caught what may have been the most powerful message of last night’s state of the union: “Given by an African American, rebuttal offered by a Latino. Not bad.” But Barack Obama’s speech also held up for the [...]
November 28, 2012
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November 20, 2012
By Heather Hurlburt, U.S. News Nov 20, 2012
November 13, 2012
By Heather Hurlburt, US News November 13, 2012
November 7, 2012
Major news outlets have called the presidential election for President Barack Obama. After a long and divisive campaign it is time for all Americans – regardless of party – to come together to tackle the challenges we face as a country. This includes important issues in global politics and national security, of which there is [...]
November 5, 2012
By Heather Hurlburt, U.S. News and World Report Nov 5, 2012
November 1, 2012
This election year marks an important moment in the American political story. For decades, progressives have suffered from the “security gap,” where conservatives were viewed as stronger on foreign policy while progressives were stronger at home. But public opinion and elite commentary both confirm that the gap is gone. As Slate national security columnist Fred [...]
October 23, 2012
The third and final presidential debate reaffirmed that progressives have consolidated their hold on foreign policy. On the major issues of the debate, even Governor Romney tended to agree with the president. But this new Governor Romney – the one that the New York Times has described as having “no original ideas of substance on [...]
Major Gen. Paul Eaton and Sen. Jack Reed Quoted In National Defense Magazine On Army’s Plan For Post-Afghanistan
“We have to prepare for a spectrum of operations [but] we can reduce land forces,” said Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former U.S. Army Ranger.
“We need a smaller force with a much broader array of skills [and we must] amplify power with technology,” he said during a conference hosted by the National Security Network.
NSN senior adviser Paul D. Eaton, retired Army major general and former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, said world events prove that the United States must find a way to rely less on military force, and more on a mix of diplomatic and economic approaches.
Post-war drawdowns are “gut wrenching,” said Eaton, who was on active duty when the Army downsized after the Vietnam War and the Cold War. The cutbacks that the Obama administration recommended are modest by comparison, he said.
“The Army exists to fight and win the nation’s wars,” Eaton said. Its size, however, needs to match the nation’s foreign policy appetite for military force. When the Iraq War started, for instance, the Army was not sized or equipped adequately for such a large operation. That is why so many soldiers, including Eaton’s sons, had to serve 18-month long tours, instead of the standard 12 months. “We didn’t have enough forces to meet the ambitions.”
AUDIO RELEASE: Sen. Jack Reed, Retired Military Discuss Politics and Policies of Foreign Policy Debate
October 22, 2012
Tonight in Florida, the presidential debate on foreign policy will be the last big chance for the candidates to prove to the American people theirs is the right path for U.S. foreign policy. On a press call with the National Security Network, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Maj. Gen. (ret) Paul D. Eaton, Dr. Lawrence Korb [...]