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Chuck HagelEnergyHeather HurlburtPersonnelMonday, December 24, 2012

Heather Hurlburt Quoted in New Republic on Chuck Hagel’s Environmental Record

Liberals Shouldn’t Fear Chuck Hagel’s Environmental Record By Ben Adler December 24, 2012| New Republic Former Senator Chuck Hagel served in the Senate as a Republican, but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise this week: Most of the attacks on his potential nomination as Secretary of Defense have come from conservatives troubled by his realist foreign policy views and past statements on Israel. This has led some liberals to rush to his defense. “He wanted the United States to exert influence internationally, but by working with other countries,” John Judis wrote. But Hagel’s belief in international cooperation had its limits. As a senator, he actively worked against one of the most important diplomatic efforts during his time in office: the Kyoto Protocol to limit climate… Read More ›

Heather HurlburtJohn KerryPersonnelSecretary of StateFriday, December 21, 2012

NSN Statement on Kerry Nomination

In response to today’s White House announcement of Senator John Kerry’s nomination to be Secretary of State, NSN Executive Director Heather Hurlburt issued the following statement: In nominating Senator Kerry, a decorated war hero and public servant, President Obama has put forth a candidate of the highest quality to be America’s top diplomat.    Senator Kerry’s lifelong concern with how America’s moral leadership reinforces our strategic interests has led him to serve as a visible, vital force on behalf of the United States from North Korea to Pakistan to South Sudan. His leadership on energy and trade, nuclear non-proliferation and the changing Middle East make him particularly qualified to meet twenty-first century challenges that transcend national boundaries and Cabinet departments. He brings longstanding personal relationships… Read More ›

Chuck HagelHeather HurlburtPersonnelThursday, December 20, 2012

Heather Hurlburt Quoted in Politico Discussing Chuck Hagel

Hagel circus could mean ‘new universe’ for nominees By DARREN SAMUELSOHN AND KATE BRANNEN Decemeber 12, 2012|Politico Washington’s latest sideshow is the Chuck Hagel Circus, and it’s got a little something for everyone. The new: Social media campaigns on Twitter and Facebook. The old: Paul Wolfowitz and Zbigniew Brzezinski, a pair of voices from the past. The left: Barney Frank, coming to bat for a man he hopes will take over the Pentagon and then cut its budget. The right: Bill Kristol, who condemned Hagel as “anti-Israel” and, along with other critics, proffering the name of someone else — former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy — to take over the Defense Department from Leon Panetta. In the center of the ring stands Hagel… Read More ›

Chuck HagelHeather HurlburtPersonnelPoliticsThursday, December 20, 2012

Chuck Hagel Is Mainstream Enough To Be Secretary of Defense | Heather Hurlburt

Chuck Hagel Is Mainstream Enough To Be Secretary of Defense By Heather Hurlburt December 20, 2012 | U.S. News & World Report   The mere prospect of the nomination of Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense has touched off a raging inside-the-Beltway debate over whether Hagel’s views—specifically on the Middle East and Pentagon spending—are sufficiently “mainstream.” I’ll wait to see who the president nominates before I comment on personalities but this mini-controversy offers a great opportunity to revisit the vexed question of what constitutes the mainstream of U.S. foreign policy. How would we measure that stream of views on national security? There are a number of ways: public opinion; elite policy preferences; the scope of positions in the last presidential elections; and, as… Read More ›

Monday, December 17, 2012

NSN Quoted in The Hill Discussing the Defense Budget

Disparate Defense Think Tanks Reach Common Ground on Defense Cuts By Carlos Muñoz December 17, 2012| The Hill Several high-profile defense think tanks from across the political spectrum are on relatively the same page, in terms of what kind of financial hit the Pentagon should take in the coming decade, according to a recently released report. The study, compiled by Washington-based National Security Network, found the average spending reduction to DOD coffers recommended by these think thanks came to just over $510 billion over the next ten years.  That number dwarfs the $100 to $300 billion top defense industry leaders proposed in early December as the most budget reductions the Pentagon could handle, while maintaining national security priorities worldwide. The report is already making the… Read More ›

Heather HurlburtWednesday, December 12, 2012

Heather Hurlburt Quoted in National Defense Magazine on Pentagon Budget Cuts

Defense CEOs More Receptive to Pentagon Budget Cuts By Sandra I. Erwin December 12, 2012 | National Defense Magazine Pentagon contractors are making yet another plea to the Obama administration and Congress to end the stalemate and agree on a budget deal in order to avert mandatory cuts to the defense budget next year. While they firmly oppose across-the-board cuts to defense spending known as sequestration — about $500 billion over 10 years — they said they would support a smaller reduction that was more “orderly” and targeted at lower-priority programs. Remarks by four defense CEOs at a National Press Club event Dec. 3 mark a considerable departure from the industry’s more intransigent position six to 12 months ago, when they staunchly rejected any cuts… Read More ›

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