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Heather HurlburtMonday, January 6, 2014

Heather Hurlburt Speaking at New America Foundation Event on Terrorism

Battlefield Earth Reassessing U.S. Responses to Terrorist Threats  New America Foundation in collaboration with Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. EVENT TIME AND LOCATION Monday, January 13, 2014 12:15 PM – 1:45PM New America Foundation 1899 L Street NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 In 2001, the U.S. Congress authorized the president to use “all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.” This Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) set no limits on time, location, or target. In just the last 12 months, the AUMF was invoked in support of the war in Afghanistan, but also unconventional operations in Pakistan,… Read More ›

IranThursday, November 21, 2013

Press Call: Outcomes and Outlooks for the Iran Nuclear Talks

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:00 AM ET The upcoming round of talks between the P5+1 and Iran negotiators may lead to a first phase agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. This press call previews potential outcomes from the talks, lay out the key elements of a first phase and final deal, and discuss the U.S. debate on sanctions. Moderator(s): John Bradshaw, Executive Director, National Security Network Speaker(s):  Kelsey Davenport, Nonproliferation Analyst, Arms Control Association Alireza Nader, Senior International Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation Joel Rubin, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Ploughshares Fund   TRANSCRIPT: THIS IS A PRELIMINARY TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  JOHN BRADSHAW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL SECURITY NETWORK: Good morning everyone, this is John Bradshaw, I’m the… Read More ›

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

National Security Network Announces New Executive Director

Contact: Kate Brown 202-213-7051   For Immediate Release   The National Security Network is delighted to announce that John Bradshaw will become our new executive director on October 9, 2013. “We are very pleased that John is joining us,” said Brian Katulis, NSN Board Chair and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. “He will bring leadership and creativity to the next phase of NSN’s mission. He has strong experience in all sectors of foreign policy, including extensive government service and leadership in advocacy and grassroots public education. His extensive management, fundraising, and executive experience are just what the organization needs to advance a principled, effective foreign policy for the United States.” Heather Hurlburt, who has served as NSN Executive Director since 2008,… Read More ›

g8RussiaSyriaFriday, June 14, 2013

RELEASE, AUDIO: Nuclear Security and US-Russia Relations On Eve Of Putin-Obama Meeting

CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO OF THE CALL (PART 1 AND PART 2) On a conference call this morning, Steven Pifer, Director of the Arms Control Initiative at Brookings Institution and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; Jon Wolfsthal, Deputy Director of the Monterey Institute for International Studies Center for Nonproliferation and former Special Advisor to Vice President Biden for nuclear security and nonproliferation; and Dr. Robert Gallucci, President of MacArthur Foundation, former U.S. Ambassador at Large and Dean of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service; discussed their views on potential cooperation on nuclear and arms control issues between the U.S. and Russia during sideline meetings at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. “I think the Russians have left the… Read More ›

DronesGuantanamotargeted killingTerrorismWednesday, June 5, 2013

Paul Eaton Participates in a Human Rights First Panel Discussing the Presidents Counterterrorism Speech

The President’s Counterterrorism Speech: What’s Next? A Discussion with Leading National Security Experts Major General Paul Eaton, USA (Ret.), Rear Admiral John Hutson, USN (Ret.), and Elisa Massimino,President & CEO, Human Rights First discuss President Obama’s counterterrorism speech made on May 23, 2013. “On 23 May, President Obama issued commanders guidance.  We now need operators to implement that.” – Major Gen. (ret) Paul Eaton For the orginal piece, click here Read More ›

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

RELEASE: New Report: Strategic Priorities Must Guide Reshaping of Pentagon Spending

 Washington, DC — Earlier today, the National Security Network released an important new report, “Reshaping Pentagon Spending and Capabilities: Setting Priorities for the Future,“ arguing that the debate over Pentagon spending levels must initially focus on identifying and prioritizing the serious 21st-century threats currently facing the nation. In order for Congress to effectively guide the allocation of taxpayer dollars, the Pentagon must clearly communicate its top strategic priorities, stop protecting flawed and antiquated weapons systems designed to respond to the threats of the Cold War and pursue low-risk tradeoffs that allow investment in the tools needed to advance U.S. interests in a changing security environment.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT According  to the New York Times, last week, five of the Pentagon’s former chief operating officers joined together to push for… Read More ›

Dronestargeted killingWednesday, February 27, 2013

RELEASE: Beyond Ethics, Legality — How Do We Gauge Whether Drone Strikes Are Effective?

As Congress Questions Drones, New Report Cites Information Needed to Evaluate Counter-terrorism Utility of Targeted Killing A new report released today by intelligence analyst Joshua Foust entitled “Oversight for Effectiveness: A Counter-Terrorism Perspective of the Targeted Killings ‘White Paper’” outlines five areas where lack of available information about U.S. targeting killing policies threaten our ability to pursue an effective and sustainable program that advances U.S. counter-terrorism objectives and suggests a framework for beginning to address these challenges. Read the full report here. Following the publication earlier this month of a Department of Justice ‘white paper’ on the criteria for lethally targeting U.S. citizens, public and congressional interest in drones has increased steadily – as displayed in the hearings over John Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA,… Read More ›

Chuck HagelTuesday, February 26, 2013

Statement on Confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

 In response to today’s bipartisan Senate vote confirming Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, Major General (ret) Paul Eaton, senior adviser to the National Security Network, issued the following statement:  “As a soldier, there are few criteria more important for leadership than a clear chain of command and the ability to make difficult decisions based on credible assessments of risk and need. Chuck Hagel has earned my respect with his lifetime commitment to ensuring the best possible conditions for our fighting men and women and protecting them from unnecessary risks. A combat-wounded Army Sergeant, a recipient of two Purple Hearts, a successful manager in the public and private sector, and a selfless advocate for the men and women of our armed services; Senator Hagel has… Read More ›

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