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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 ›

Monday, February 11, 2013

FACT CHECK: After Myth-Filled Press Conference, National Security Experts Set Defense Contractors Straight

Earlier today, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) held a press conference in which Marion Blakey (AIA CEO) and Wes Bush (CEO and Chairman of Northrop Grumman) once again rehashed industry talking points in a last-ditch effort to protect their enormous corporate profits. This was Blakey’s first appearance back at the National Press Club since early December when several defense contractor CEOs, including Bush, admitted that Pentagon spending reductions should be on the table during sequestration negotiations. Today, Blakey and Bush focused on three myths that beg debunking: CLAIM #1: The industry has already absorbed $487 billion in cuts. – Marion Blakey FACT: The $487 billion claimed to have already been cut is merely a reduction in what the Pentagon hoped to spend. These phantom cuts are akin to a taxpayer saying they… Read More ›

Chuck HagelPersonnelMonday, January 7, 2013

Statement on Nomination of Sen. Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

Statement on Nomination of Sen. Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense In response to today’s nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, Major General (ret.) Paul D. Eaton, Senior Advisor at the National Security Network, released the following statement: “Senator Hagel is a decorated war veteran and a strong choice to run the Department of Defense. Senator Hagel has proven himself relentlessly focused on driving America’s national security interests without sacrificing American values, earning my respect and that of my colleagues in the military community.The next Secretary of Defense will face many challenges, from how we reshape the Pentagon, to when and how we use force, post-Afghanistan and Iraq, in the pursuit of peace and security. Senator Hagel will bring to these challenges… 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 ›

AfghanistanIranMitt RomneyPoliticsMonday, October 22, 2012

AUDIO RELEASE: Sen. Jack Reed, Retired Military Discuss Politics and Policies of Foreign Policy Debate

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 and Jon Soltz explored the contrasts between President Obama’s steady leadership on terrorism, Iran, Libya, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Pentagon spending, and China with Romney’s rhetoric and repackaging of Bush-Cheneyisms. In drawing the contrast, the speakers emphasized a lesser noticed trend in support of progressive foreign policy principles that better balance the three elements of American power: diplomacy, economy and military. LISTEN to the call here. READ call transcriptions… Read More ›

Arab SpringIranIsraelUNGAMonday, September 24, 2012

AUDIO RELEASE: Ambassador, Congressman, Experts Assess Politics and Priorities at the UN Summit (**Updated**)

This week, the UN General Assembly annual meeting in New York is shining a national and global spotlight on international diplomacy. On a press call with the National Security Network on September 24, Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA), House Armed Services Committee ranking member, Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and co-chair and signatory to The Iran Project report on “Weighing the Benefits and Costs of Military Action in Iran,” and Heather Hurlburt, National Security Network executive director, previewed the UN summit and laid out top benchmarks and opportunities for U.S. leadership and multilateral efforts in Iran, Syria, Africa and Asia. Listen to the call HERE. Ambassador Thomas Pickering emphasized non-military options for confronting challenges in the Middle East, Africa and… Read More ›

Arab SpringBenghazievolvingTerrorismLibyaThursday, September 13, 2012

AUDIO RELEASE: Violence in Libya (**Updated**)

On September 12, the National Security Network held a press call with senior diplomatic, military and security experts to offer perspective on yesterday’s tragic violence in Libya, which resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other members of the diplomatic staff. Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin, Major General Paul Eaton, Tom Malinowski and Brian Katulis emphasized the importance of measured responses from U.S. policymakers and politicians. Listen to the call HERE. Major General (ret) Paul Eaton, National Security Network senior adviser and thirty-year U.S. Army veteran including service in conflict- and post-conflict Somalia, Bosnia and Iraq, urged a measured response from American leaders: “Soldiers look to their chain of command, look to their leadership to be cool, calm, and collected, steady in the… Read More ›

Arab SpringLibyaMitt RomneyWednesday, September 12, 2012

AUDIO RELEASE: Violence in Libya

Today, the National Security Network held a press call with senior diplomatic, military and security experts to offer perspective on yesterday’s tragic violence in Libya, which resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other members of the diplomatic staff. Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin, Major General Paul Eaton, Tom Malinowski and Brian Katulis emphasized the importance of measured responses from U.S. policymakers and politicians. Listen to the call here. Major General (ret) Paul Eaton, National Security Network senior adviser and thirty-year U.S. Army veteran including service in conflict- and post-conflict Somalia, Bosnia and Iraq, urged a measured response from American leaders: “Soldiers look to their chain of command, look to their leadership to be cool, calm, and collected, steady in the saddle. To… Read More ›

Heather HurlburtThursday, August 23, 2012

AUDIO RELEASE: We Cannot Gut Georgia’s Economy to Save Defense Contractors

In a press call today with National Security Network (NSN) and Women’s Action for New Directions & Women Legislator’s Lobby, a Georgia state senator joined a local military veteran and experts on national security and the Pentagon budget to discuss Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)’s attempts to fan fears about automatic budget cuts –slated for next year– instead of finding a comprehensive, safe and secure alternative budget. LISTEN to the call here These military veterans, state leaders and budget experts outlined the possible impact of automatic budget cuts on Georgia’s economy and explained military and civilian leaders believe the U.S. can afford necessary reductions in Pentagon spending. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) is expected to speak tomorrow morning at the College of Coastal Georgia in Kingsland as… Read More ›

Heather HurlburtSaturday, August 11, 2012

STATEMENT: Ryan Pick Shows Doubling Down on Politics Over Security

In response to today’s announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Governor Romney’s vice presidential pick, NSN Executive Director Heather Hurlburt issued the following statement: “Mitt Romney’s choice today to name Paul Ryan as commander-in-chief-in-waiting is at best cynical, at worst reckless — with consequences in lives and livelihoods. In his time in Washington, Ryan has proven himself to be less a courageous budget maverick and more a creature of politics – pitting himself against America’s military, diplomats and veterans. Ryan’s flip-flopping on Pentagon spending –moving from agreement with the core of President Obama’s plan in his 2011 budget to a 2012 budget that imposes monies and programs on the military that they do not want – while being consistent about gutting veterans’ programs and… Read More ›

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