John Bradshaw on SiriusXM Morning Briefing Discussing Ashton Carter’s Nomination
December 4, 2014 | SiriusXM Morning Briefing
On Thursday, December 4, NSN’s Executive Director John Bradshaw was interviewed by Tim Farley for Sirius XM’s POTUS Morning Briefing on the likely nomination of Ashton Carter as the new secretary of defense. Farley began the interview by posing the question “Are there challenges today that are different from those when Chuck Hagel took over as secretary of defense?” Bradshaw stated that the situation is more complicated today, especially since Hagel’s term began with the task of winding down two wars, yet when he left office he was overseeing a new one against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Along with running this new war, Bradshaw said, Carter also faces budgetary challenges as well as challenges of managing the Pentagon. Since Carter has significant experience and fairly broad bipartisan support, Bradshaw expressed his belief that Carter’s confirmation would be very likely. However, while Carter has a reputation for cutting fraud and waste, Bradshaw is concerned that Carter may not be willing to stay within current budgetary constraints and may push for spending increases. As Bradshaw explained, the existence of the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund makes sense to deal with actual unanticipated contingencies, but it does not make sense when used for many things that should be in the base budget of the Department of Defense. Further, though Hagel was reluctant to transfer cleared detainees from Guantanamo and set a course for closing down the facility, Bradshaw expressed hope that Carter may push this process along and help create the momentum that the president needs to end the use of Guantanamo Detention Facility.
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