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Monday, August 6, 2012

AUDIO RELEASE: Military Community Confounded By Romney, Conservatives’ Attempts to Politicize Veterans in Ohio, Misjudge Their Interests Abroad

Today, leaders from Center for American Progress Action Fund, National Security Network, VoteVets.org and Ohio and Pennsylvania veterans held a press call to discuss attempts by Mitt Romney and Ohio conservatives’ attempts to restrict voting rights for Ohioans –including nearly 1 million veterans. Listen to the call HERE Mitt Romney and his fellow conservatives are trying to restrict voting rights of veterans in Ohio while promoting strategic choices regarding Russia, Afghanistan and Pentagon spending that do not heed the advice of our military and ignoring broad-based needs of veterans. In response, NSN Senior Adviser Major General (ret) Paul D. Eaton, a thirty-year veteran of the U.S. Army and commanding general of the Coalition Military Training Team (CMATT) in Iraq from 2003 to 2004, expressed the… Read More ›

Heather HurlburtMitt RomneyMonday, July 23, 2012

AUDIO RELEASE: Romney VFW Speech, Foreign Trip Shows Him at Odds with Veterans, Allies & Security Interests*

On July 24, Mitt Romney addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nevada as a precursor to his first foreign policy tour, to include the United Kingdom, Israel and Poland. Following Romney’s speech, experts from the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF), National Security Network (NSN) and VoteVets held a press call to discuss why Romney’s slogan-heavy, solution-light plans are at odds with our veterans, our allies and our long-term security interests. LISTEN to the call here Former deputy secretary of defense Rudy deLeon, CAP Action Vice President for National Security and International Policy; NSN Executive Director Heather Hurlburt, former State Department and White House policy staff and speechwriter; CAP Action Senior Fellow Brian Katulis, Middle East and South Asia expert; and… Read More ›

CompetitivenessWednesday, July 18, 2012

Scaremongers Charge the Hill

The National Security Network issued the following statement on Pentagon spending and the sequester: Defense contractors and some members of Congress have been spotlighting a “side show” aimed at preserving corporate profits over advancing a strategy to preserve US security. This week, an Aerospace Industry Association (AIA)-sponsored report and a congressional hearing with four top defense contractors are megaphoning an argument that sequestration would be devastating to defense jobs, with the implication that we should shelter Pentagon spending from deficit reduction plans. The reality is that economic and military security are inextricably linked and, as Chairman Martin Dempsey has pointed out, “we are only as strong as those three pillars – diplomatic, military and economic – can interrelate.” With this strategic imperative to preserve America’s economic… Read More ›

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Romney Team Passes the Buck on Spending

Washington, D.C. — In response to Romney campaign comments today on Pentagon spending, National Security Network Executive Director Heather Hurlburt issued the following statement:  “Shifting blame will not ensure America’s strength. Yet that seems to be Romney and his allies’ response to that bipartisan budget deal passed by Congress last year. Security leaders from both parties support measured cuts, increases in revenue, and a commitment to U.S. infrastructure and the economic foundations of our security. It will take tough choices to prepare America for a post-post-9/11 world, where economic security is paramount to national strength. It is disappointing that Romney has chosen to pass the buck instead.” Key Facts National security leaders have called for a more balanced approach that recognizes America’s domestic strength is… Read More ›

IranFriday, June 15, 2012

AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: Kahl, Walsh on Iran Negotiations – Getting to Yes at Moscow and Beyond

On a press call hosted by the National Security Network today, Dr. Colin Kahl,  and Dr. Jim Walsh outlined a path for “taking ‘yes’ for an answer” with Iran, a path that leads through negotiations in Moscow next week, but does not end there. LISTEN to the call HERE READ the transcript HERE Call Highlights: On Moscow talks as a ‘make or break’ meeting. COLIN KAHL, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East: “No matter what the outcome of Moscow is, this isn’t a make or break meeting for diplomacy. If you have an agreement, it’s not going to be the final agreement, so diplomacy is going to have to continue.… Read More ›

NATOFriday, May 18, 2012

Who’s Abandoning Our Allies? NSN Responds to Romney

Washington, D.C. – As international leaders converge in Chicago for this weekend’s NATO summit, presidential contender Mitt Romney today issued his latest salvo chastising our allies and the President’s foreign policy. In response, NSN Executive Director Heather Hurlburt (bio) issued the following statement:  “On a day that House Republicans voted to block implementation of an arms control treaty with Russia our NATO allies strongly supported, and ban future reductions of US nuclear weapons in Europe, our allies arriving for the NATO Summit might well wonder what American conservatives’ view of our great Atlantic alliance is.  They won’t get any help from Governor Romney, who issued a statement that said nothing about NATO’s essential partnership in Afghanistan, or the future of NATO’s relationship with Russia, or… Read More ›

Friday, May 18, 2012

AUDIO: National Security Experts, Congressional Leader Pre-empt, Call Out Defense Hearings

Washington, D.C. – On May 14, the National Security Network hosted Ranking House Budget Committee Member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D – MD) and national security experts Douglas Wilson, former assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, and Heather Hurlburt, executive director of NSN, for a press call to oppose a congressional bait and switch that puts tax breaks for millionaires and Defense Department spending that the Pentagon says it does not want before kids and struggling families. LISTEN to the call here This week, Republican Armed Services Committee Member Randy Forbes (R – VA) held the first of what he promises will be at least 12 town hall meetings in which he tries to scare military families and other Americans into supporting a budget plan that slashes… Read More ›

AfghanistandiplomacyNATOSyriaWednesday, May 16, 2012

AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT: Senator, National Security Experts Preview NATO Summit on NSN Press Call

Washington, D.C. – On May 20 and 21, international leaders will meet in Chicago for the first NATO summit on U.S. soil in over a decade. The meetings will showcase the Alliance’s response – and prospects for unity going forward – to the demands posed by transition in Afghanistan, nuclear policy and non-proliferation gains and setbacks, and economic uncertainty in Europe, as the Alliance works against the backdrop of NATO’s out-of-area success in Libya and the continued challenge posed by Syria. On May 15, the National Security Network hosted a press call with Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs Chair and 2012 NATO Summit attendee Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and national security experts Amb. James Dobbins and James Goldgeier to preview the NATO summit and assess… Read More ›

Monday, April 2, 2012

Fallows, Hurlburt Welcome Burmese Election Results

Washington, D.C. —In response to the apparent victory at the polls of Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi and her party in yesterday’s parliamentary elections in Burma, NSN released the following original statements:   James Fallows, The Atlantic national correspondent: “This result was almost inconceivable even a year ago. My wife and I were in Burma around the time of the protests/massacres of 1988, which was genuinely frightening, and again a few times more recently. This is almost like hearing that reformers had gotten hold of North Korea.” Heather Hurlburt, National Security Network executive director: “The changes going on in Burma show what effective democracy promotion looks like: It’s led from the inside and supported from the outside. It is based on firm principles implemented… Read More ›

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