Major General Paul D. Eaton, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Major General Paul Eaton

Senior Advisor

Major General Paul D. Eaton served more than 30 years in the United States Army, including combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia. As a major general he was assigned to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 as Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT), where he designed, manned, trained and equipped the Iraqi armed forces for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the security forces for the Interior Ministry. Prior to that assignment, he commanded the Army’s Infantry Center and was Chief of Infantry for the Army. Eaton has appeared on a number of news and commentary programs including Face the Nation, Hardball and all major networks.  During the 2008 campaign season, he advised candidates for both congressional and presidential campaigns.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from West Point and a master’s in French Political Science from Middlebury College. He is married to PJ, has two sons and a daughter, all soldiers.

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In the News

Paul Eaton Quoted in Media Matters on Weapons Access on Military Bases

Military Veterans: Increasing Weapons Access After Fort Hood Shooting Could Create A “Wild West” Situation Joe Strupp April 3, 2014 | Media Matters   Paul Eaton, a retired Army major general and former commander at Fort Benning, Ga., stressed that anyone on military bases who carries weapons, such as military police, receives extra training. “We train our military […]

Paul Eaton Interviewed By SiriusXM Progress on Proposed Military Budget Cuts

Major General Paul Eaton (Ret.) Interviewed By Ari Rabin-Havt on The Agenda on SiriusXM Progress  to discuss proposed cuts to the military budget. February 26, 2014 |  The Agenda: SiriusXM Progress   Major General Paul D. Eaton, who served more than 30 years in the United States Army in combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In Huffington Post On VP Cheney & Foreign Policy

Major General Criticizes Dick Cheney For Attacking Obama On Foreign Policy February 26, 2014 Paige Lavender | Huffington Post   Major General Paul D. Eaton criticized former Vice President Dick Cheney for hitting President Barack Obama on foreign policy. On Monday, Cheney criticized a proposal that called for shrinking the Army to its smallest size […]

Paul Eaton Quoted in Stars and Stripes on Defense Budget Cuts

Pentagon proposes deep cuts for US military bases, but would spare some  February 25, 2014 James Rosen (McClatchy Washington Bureau) | Stars and Stripes   WASHINGTON — Sweeping budget and personnel cuts proposed Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would hit some military bases hard while protecting others. With the Army targeted to lose as […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In The State On Military Budget Cuts

S.C. politicians howl over proposed Defense cuts February 24, 2014 James Rosen and Roddie Burris | The State   Sweeping budget and personnel cuts proposed Monday by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel could hit hard some S.C. military bases, including Columbia’s Fort Jackson, while protecting others. With the Army targeted to lose as many as […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In Politico On Robert Gates’ Book

The Secret Life of Robert Gates By Philip Ewing January 8, 2014 |Politico Robert Gates’s tenure running the Pentagon might go down as the greatest performance in acting history. On the outside, he was an even-keeled, plain-speaking former college president, one who declared to Congress he hadn’t returned to Washington to be a “bump on […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In Foreign Policy On CIA Oversight

We Can Handle the Truth The CIA’s excuses about torture just don’t hold water. By Rosa Brooks January 7, 2014 | Foreign Policy  Remember Abu Ghraib? Remember waterboarding, CIA “black sites,” and “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as depriving prisoners of sleep for over a week or requiring them to stay in agonizingly uncomfortable “stress positions” […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In The Washington Examiner On Administration’s Handling Of Post-War Iraq

Critics: Obama did little to prevent al Qaeda resurgence in Iraq By Susan Crabtree  January 7, 2014 | Washington Examiner A resurgence of violence and advances by al Qaeda fighters in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon is providing new evidence undermining White House claims that the terrorist group is on the run and prompting fresh scrutiny of President Obama’s decision […]

Paul Eaton Listed As A “National Security Insiders” In A Piece By The National Journal

Security Insiders: It’s Time to Reduce Military Health and Pension Benefits Murray-Ryan budget deal is good for defense, Insiders say. By Sara Sorcher January 2, 2014 | National Journal The time has come: Military health and pension benefits, which have more than doubled in the past decade, should be reduced as the defense budget comes […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In National Defense Magazine On DoD Budget

Budget Deal Moves Goalposts to 2016 By Sandra I. Erwin December 12, 2013 | National Defense A bipartisan budget accord reached this week by congressional negotiators — and not yet approved by the House or Senate — gives the Defense Department a big break from the sequester. The concern now for the defense sector is whether […]

Paul Eaton Included In National Journal Poll On Interim Iran Deal

Security Insiders: World Powers Struck a ‘Good Deal’ With Iran By Sara Sorcher December 3, 2013 | National Journal But experts are split on whether the interim deal will lead to a lasting agreement. A strong majority of National Journal‘s National Security Insiders thought the recent agreement between world powers and Iran—to limit its nuclear program in […]

Paul Eaton Mentioned In Human Rights First Blog On Guantanamo

Retired Generals and Admirals Make their Voices Heard on Guantanamo By Patrick Hanley November 21, 2013 | Human Rights First blog This week, the Senate is considering the annual defense spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and the first contentious amendments related to Guantanamo came up for a vote on Tuesday. The Senate version […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In Politico Magazine On The DoD

Obama vs. the Generals By Rosa Brooks November 13, 2013 | Politico Magazine After a spate of news stories this summer citing tensions between President Barack Obama and his top military commanders over the possibility of U.S. intervention in Syria, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough hastened to assure the Washington Post that everything was, in […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In Politico On Issues Facing The Defense Department

Scandals Threaten To Blemish Military By Philip Ewing November 13, 2013 | Politico The last thing the Pentagon needs is another crisis. With sequestration, on-and-off spending resolutions, the withdraw from Afghanistan, disaster relief in the Philippines and a growing number of terrorist hot spots around the world, the Defense Department’s brass already has a full […]

Paul Eaton Included In National Journal Poll On Recent Iran Negotiations

Security Insiders: Congress Should Not Levy More Sanctions on Iran During Negotiations By Sara Sorcher November 12, 2013 | National Journal As a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program remains elusive after a round of talks between Tehran and world powers in Geneva, a strong majority ofNational Journal’s National Security Insiders say Congress should avoid slapping […]

Paul Eaton Mentioned In Human Rights First Blog On Torture

Allegations of Abuse Highlight Need for Torture Transparency By Adam Jacobson  November 8, 2013 | Human Rights First blog Yesterday, Rolling Stone magazine released a story by Matthieu Aikins detailing possible abuses committed by U.S. Green Berets and/or their translators in Afghanistan. This grisly account could be another in the long history of detainee abuse and torture by U.S. […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In The Daily Iowan On The Defense Budget

Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton advocates reduced military spending By Jake McCulley November 7, 2013 | The Daily Iowan Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton comes from a military family. His three children are all soldiers, his wife is an Army captain, and his two brothers in-law are helicopter pilots. His father was M.I.A. for moer […]

Declassify Senate Torture Report | Paul Eaton

By Paul Eaton and Antonio Taguba November 4, 2013 | Politico Ten years ago, The Associated Press published an important story that received little attention at the time. It documented torture at U.S. prisons in Iraq, including Abu Ghraib. Most AP clients didn’t highlight the story. Some didn’t run it at all. Not until April […]

Paul Eaton Included In National Journal Poll On Federal Trials For Terror Suspects

Security Insiders Support Federal Trial for Qaida Suspect Anas al-Libi By Sara Sorcher October 22, 2013 | National Journal Three-quarters of National Journal’s National Security Insiders overwhelmingly supported the Obama administration’s decision to bring al-Qaida operative Anas al-Libi to New York federal court for trial after the suspect was captured from Tripoli, Libya. Libi last week pleaded […]

Paul Eaton Mentioned In Politico About Supporting An Upcoming Book

Clinton Ally Pens e-Book: ‘The Benghazi Hoax’ By Maggie Haberman October 19, 2013 | Politico Media Matters founder and Hillary Clinton ally David Brock has co-authored a 90-page e-book called “The Benghazi Hoax,” a tome intended as a counterweight of sorts to criticisms of the former Secretary of State and President Barack Obama over the […]

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