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CIAtortureTuesday, December 9, 2014

Statements from National Security Network on CIA Torture Report

JTF Guantanamo photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth, 6/9/10   In response to today’s release of the declassified Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) report on CIA use of torture during the Bush Administration, NSN Executive Director John Bradshaw and NSN Senior Advisor Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton (Ret.) have each issued statements. NSN Executive Director John Bradshaw issued the following statement: Defenders of the enhanced interrogation program are trying to re-write history and portray it as a well-thought out, carefully legally-vetted plan carried out by CIA experts. In fact, the CIA had no expertise in this kind of interrogation and turned to rogue psychologists to slap together an approach based on the SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) training provided to U.S.… Read More ›

Sunday, November 23, 2014

John Bradshaw Letter to Tallahassee Democrat

Program explored issues of human rights and national security By John Bradshaw November 23, 2014 | Tallahassee Democrat The National Security Network (NSN), the Washington-based think tank I head, facilitates events that help ensure an engaged public. NSN was founded in 2006 to revitalize America’s national security policy by promoting pragmatic international engagement that emphasizes diplomatic and economic tools, and responsible use of military force when necessary, to ensure America’s security and promote American values. As part of NSN’s public outreach, we co-sponsored a Human Rights & National Security in the 21st Century Lecture with FSU/CAHR at FSU’s College of Law this past Friday that featured Nancy Soderberg, an American foreign policy strategist who held several senior level positions during the Clinton administration, including Deputy… Read More ›

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NSN Congratulates Alumnus Ilan Goldenberg on New CNAS Position

The National Security Network (NSN) would like to congratulate Ilan Goldenberg, one of NSN’s founding members and former Policy Director, on his new position as Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). This November, Ilan has replaced Dr. Colin Kahl, who left CNAS to be National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. Richard Fontaine, president of CNAS has said that “Ilan’s background and expertise are impressive. We are excited about the research he will conduct, the recommendations he will make, and the impact he will have on policy toward this critical region.” Ilan became Special Advisor on the Middle East and Iran Team Chief at the Office of the Secretary of Defense from May 2009… Read More ›

diplomacyRussiaUkraineFriday, March 7, 2014

Press Call: Crimea in Crisis with Ambassador Michael McFaul

Crimea in Crisis with Ambassador Michael McFaul Friday, March 7, 2014 12:00 PM Eastern As the crisis in the Crimean Peninsula continues and America and Europe wrestle with the proper response to Russia’s invasion into Ukraine, the National Security Network is hosting a press call with former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on Friday, March 7th at 12:00 PM. Please join us as we assess the situation in Ukraine and examine what the appropriate next steps are in diffusing the volatile situation. Speaker Ambassador Michael McFaul Ambassador McFaul was nominated by President Barack Obama on September 14, 2011, and confirmed by the Senate on December 17, 2011. He was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation on January 10, 2012.… Read More ›

North KoreaWednesday, February 26, 2014

REPORT: U.S. Policy towards North Korea

U.S. Policy towards North Korea: Strategic Shaping and Interim Steps to Denuclearization For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the National Security Network and the National Committee on North Korea released the paper, “U.S. Policy towards North Korea: Strategic Shaping and Interim Steps to Denuclearization.” The paper’s release coincided with an event on Capitol Hill featuring Ambassador Christopher Hill, NSN Executive Director John Bradshaw, and NCNK Executive Director Karin Lee. Below is an executive summary of the paper. To read the full report, click here. North Korea’s WMD program advances pose an increasing threat to the U.S. while its brinksmanship tactics create instability and the risk of conflict arising from miscalculation. The administration’s emphasis on coordination with South Korea, Japan, and China is an important step toward… 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 kbrown@nsnetwork.org 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 ›

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 ›

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