Gordon Adams

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Gordon Adams is a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center and professor in the U.S. Foreign Policy program at the School of International Service, American University.

He was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and, for seven years, a professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and director of the school’s Security Policy Studies program. For five years he was associate Director for National Security and International Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, the senior White House budget official for national security. He has been an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and received the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

Adams’ most recent book (with Cindy Williams) is “Buying National Security: How America Plans and Pays for Its Global Role and Security at Home” (Routledge 2010). He has published books, monographs and articles on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process and national security budgets. He appears regularly in the media and has testified numerous times before the Congress on defense spending and national security issues. He writes regularly for the National Journal, Foreign Policy and The Will and the Wallet.

Selected Publications

Buying National Security: How America Plans and Pays for Its Global Role and Safety at Home (Routledge Press, 2010) – with Cindy Williams

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, “Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Graveyard for U.S. Foreign Policy Planning?” October 2009.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, “Strategic Planning Comes to the State Department” July 2009.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, “Budgeting for national security” June 2009.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, “Evaluating the Obama adminstration’s national security budget and planning process” April 2009. 

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, “Obama’s test: Bringing order to the national security policy process” January 2009

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, “Stablizing US stablization and reconstruction efforts abroad” October 2008.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, “Establishing the Next President’s National Security Agenda: Part 1” June 2008.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, “Getting U.S. Foreign Assistance Right” May 2008.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, “The True Cost of U.S. Defense Spending” April 2008.

American Security Project, “Iraq: Lessons Learned,” February 2008.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, “New Funds for Foreign Aid,” February 2008.

Strengthening Statecraft and Security: Reforming U.S. Planning and Resource Allocation (MIT Security Studies Program, 2008) – with Cindy Williams

Transforming European Militaries: Coalition Operations and the Technology Gap (with Guy Ben-Ari), London: Routledge Press, 2006.

Foreign Service Journal, “Fear vs. Hope: America and Global Security,” June 2005.

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Reform the Foreign Policy Toolkit for a Rebalanced World

Global power dynamics are changing and America’s foreign policy institutions are not ready

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Gordon Adams Quoted on Trimming Pentagon Overhead Costs

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Gordon Adams Quoted on Pentagon Spending Cuts

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Gordon Adams Op-Ed on U.S. Marginalization in the Middle East

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Gordon Adams Discusses the Future of U.S Policy in Syria

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Gordon Adams Op-Ed on Need for US Military Withdrawal from Syria

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Gordon Adams Op-Ed on the Appointments of Mike Pompeo and John Bolton

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Gordon Adams Op-Ed on Military Readiness

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Gordon Adams Quoted on First-Ever Pentagon Audit

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Gordon Adams quoted on Audit of Pentagon

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Gordon Adams Quoted on Overdue Audit of Pentagon

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Gordon Adams quoted in Government Executive on the need to reduce excess military infrastructure

First it was Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz. Then came the drafters of President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget request. Now it’s an ideologically diverse roster of think tank defense specialists urging a long-reluctant Congress to grab…

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Gordon Adams quoted in The Atlantic on Audit of the Pentagon

The Pentagon will spend the next several months gearing up for a mission so complicated that many officials doubt it can be pulled off, an undertaking so immense that the military hasn’t once dared to try it before. -snip- What has prevented the Pentag…

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Gordon Adams Interviewed in Maine Public on National Political Update

The latest news out of our nation’s capital: We’ll discuss the firing of the FBI director, the fate of Obamacare, potential tax cuts, and more. Guests: Jeanne Cummings, national political reporter for The Wall Street Journal Gordon Adams, Prof. Em…

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Gordon Adams Op-ed in Foreign Policy on State and USAID Budgets

By Gordon Adams and Richard Sokolsky Congress and the chattering class have been in high dudgeon over the past several days about President Donald Trump’s proposal to make deeps cuts in the budgets of the State Department and the U.S. Agency for Intern…

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Gordon Adams’ Op-Ed in The Washington Spectator on the Global System

Well, Trump has certainly done what he promised he would do, and more, especially on foreign policy. No fake news there. In only the first three weeks of his presidency he set in motion an almost total disruption of U.S. foreign policy as we have known…

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Gordon Adams’ Op-ed in War on the Rocks on European Defense Spending

By Richard Sokolsky and Gordon Adams The Trump administration has worked itself into a frenzy as to how much (or how little) our NATO allies spend on defense and whether the alliance is, as a result, a “good deal” for the United States. President Donal…

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Gordon Adams quoted in New York Times on F-35

After meeting with Lockheed Martin’s chief executive on Wednesday about lowering the cost of its new F-35 fighter jet, President-elect Donald J. Trump expressed confidence that Pentagon officials standing with him were “good negotia…

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Gordon Adams’ Op-ed in The Hill on Defense Spending

The defense budget is too big and Mick Mulvaney, the new Office of Management and Budget Director, knows that. Read the full article here.

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Gordon Adams’ Op-ed in The New York Times on Trump’s Military Government

Washington — A new president, swept into office on a tide of fake news and media manipulation, surrounds himself with generals: his adviser on foreign policy, the defense minister, his minister of the interior and the further possible appointments of f…

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Gordon Adams quoted in Defense News on possibility of Mattis as Defense Secretary

SIMI VALLEY, California — Congressional Republicans may move to speedily confirm former US Marine Gen. James Mattis as defense secretary despite complaints his appointment upsets the balance of civil-military power in US foreign-policy institution…

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Gordon Adams quoted in Politico on Trump’s selection of generals for foreign and security policy positions

Donald Trump is enlisting generals for the upper ranks of his administration to a degree uncommon in modern politics — and that has some lawmakers, diplomats and former national security officials worried that the president-elect will be relying too he…

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Gordon Adams op-ed in Foreign Policy on Trump pick Gen. Mattis

In the 1990s, during Bill Clinton’s second term, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (A), National Security Advisor Sandy Berger (B), and Secretary of Defense William Cohen (C) would meet weekly for what was called the “ABC lunch.” When the rest of u…

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Gordon Adams quoted in Military Times on congressional handling of the defense budget

Congressional leaders have abandoned plans to pass any more full-year spending bills in the December lame duck session, delaying resolution on the defense budget for fiscal 2017 until at least April of next year.  -snip- Gordon Adams, a former top…

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Gordon Adams and Lawrence Wilkerson op-ed in National Interest on Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy

When it comes to national-security issues, Hillary Clinton seems to win by a slam dunk. After decades as first lady, senator and secretary of state, she would bring an experienced, steady, knowledgeable hand to guiding U.S. foreign policy in a period o…

Op-Ed
Gordon Adams op-ed in Portland Press Herald on U.S. Rep. Poliquin’s opposition to The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

BRUNSWICK — U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has been misleading Mainers about the agreement to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program. “It puts Iran on a path to nuclear weapons,” he told Bangor radio station WVOM. Poliquin either does not understand what he is…

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Gordon Adams quoted in Marketplace.org on repeat thefts of US intelligence

A government contractor who was arrested in August is accused of taking top secret computer code designed to help the U.S. hack into foreign government computer networks. Harold Thomas Martin, 51, worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, the same private consul…

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Gordon Adams quoted in Defense News on congressional budgeting

WASHINGTON — When the US Congress returns to Washington after Labor Day, its election year calendar permits it only four weeks to finish the 2017 defense spending and policy bills before the end of the fiscal year. Congress watchers are betting lawmake…

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Gordon Adams interviewed in Deutsche Welle on US policy and Syria

On August 20, 2012, President Obama called the use of chemical weapons by Syria’s Assad regime a “red line.” Four years on with the Syrian war still raging, DW asked three scholars to assess Washington’s Syria policy. -snip- Gordon Adams: The Obama pol…

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Gordon Adams quoted in The Washington Post on Foreign Military Aid

President Obama’s most senior advisers convened last month to consider changes to the way the United States provides security aid to foreign nations, as a long-running struggle for control between the State and Defense departments intensifies. -snip- G…

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Gordon Adams quoted in El Universal on US Troops in Afghanistan

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Gordon Adams quoted in The Washington Times on the British Pound Reaching a 31-Year Low

The Brexit fallout continued to unsettle Britain and theEuropean Union on Monday, as another leading credit rating agency slashed the U.K. government’s rating, Britain’s leading parties were consumed by infighting and visiting Secretary of State…

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Laicie Heeley, Gordon Adams, and Anna Wheeler quoted in The Center for Public Integrity on OCO

Eight years ago, when America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were still raging at full force, the Pentagon’s annual budget for those conflicts amounted to $1 million for each troop who was actually fighting.  But today, even as the Obama Administr…

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Gordon Adams quoted in Center for Public Integrity on Global Military Trends

Last year, the world’s military spending increased for the first time in four years, a directional shift that may herald even higher spending on armaments and operations in years to come, according to new data compiled by the Stockholm International Pe…

Commentary
A Firewalled Nuke Fund Is Bad Budgeting and Bad Planning

It’s a budget gimmick that would promote waste and push off hard choices about tomorrow’s nuclear arsenal. The recent Nuclear Security Summit was certainly the last act for an administration that appears to have run out of gas on what could—and sh…

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Gordon Adams quoted in Voice of America on Global Military Trends

-snip- 华盛顿智库史汀生中心(Stimson Center)研究员戈登·亚当斯(Gordon Adams)认为,尽管2011至2014年全球军费开支有微幅下降,但自1998年以来整体趋势不断上升。 Read the full article here.

Commentary
Debunking the Republicans’ Defense Budget Revisionism

The time for the annual defense budget drama is upon us. This long-running Washington show re-opened on Feb. 9, when U.S. President Barack Obama released his new budget request and the Defense Department rolled out its usual array of bri…

Commentary
The Problem With NATO’s Nukes

By Richard Sokolsky and Gordon Adams:  U.S. President Barack Obama came into office promising to work toward a world free of nuclear weapons. Over the past several years, the United States has made uneven progress toward that goal….

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Gordon Adams cited in The Economist on Maintaining Nuclear Deterrence

-snip- Some of the most expensive parts of the nuclear programme are not disputed, even by liberal Democrats. Few argue against the replacement of the 14 Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines which will begin to wear out in the late 2020s. The bill f…

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Gordon Adams and Richard Sokolsky’s Op-ed in Defense One on a New Nuclear Arms Race

The United States is on the cusp of launching an unnecessary, expensive, and potentially dangerous plan to modernize its strategic nuclear forces, helping stimulate what is being called a “new nuclear arms race.” Before Washington starts down this…

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Gordon Adams’ Op-ed in Foreign Policy on the GOP Plan

With memories of the San Bernardino and Paris massacres still fresh, Republican presidential candidates have been lambasting the White House for what they deem as the administration’s foreign policy failures. They criticize President Barack Obama for w…

Commentary
Linking Security and Governance

By Gordon Adams and Richard Sokolsky:  U.S. security assistance and cooperation programs have come under a lot of fire recently. The failure of the $500 million program to train and equip moderate opposition forces in Syria is the l…

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Gordon Adams’s Op-ed in Foreign Policy on France and Islam

Once again, a violent jihadi terrorist attack has hit France, this time with at least 450 victims, 129 of them fatal. Rallying around the French flag, even pasting it over our Facebook avatars, follows, because an attack on European soil somehow “expor…

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Gordon Adams’s co-written Op-ed in The Cipher Brief on Security and Governance

U.S. security assistance and cooperation programs have come under a lot of fire recently. The failure of the $500 million program to train and equip moderate opposition forces in Syria is the latest example. However, there is a longer hi…

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Gordon Adams’s Op-ed in Foreign Policy on Responsible Budgeting

Budget historians, remember Nov. 2, 2015: the day that disciplined defense budgeting died in Washington. On that day, President Barack Obama signed a deal to fund the government through FY 2017, a deal that threw the Pentagon another $33 billion more f…

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Gordon Adams’s co-written Op-ed in The New York Times on Russia and Syria

FOR four years, American policy toward Syria has been built on a wish and a prayer: a wish that President Bashar al-Assad would leave and a prayer that the “moderate” Syrian opposition would be more than it is. Now Russia …

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Op-ed by Gordon Adams in Foreign Policy on Congress

They’re back! “Who?” you ask. Why, Congress, of course. Yes, those do-nothing, ne’er-do-wells who represent us in Washington, D.C., are back at work this week. You’ve likely forgotten them in all the noise of the presidential race cacophony — the Repub…

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Op-ed by Gordon Adams in Foreign Policy on Campaign Consequences

Aach, we are already in election campaign season. A time when reason and realism fly out the window, leaving behind a disorderly cacophony of rhetoric, much of which is aimed at positioning a candidate. The foreign-policy and national security rhetoric…

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Gordon Adams quoted in NMPolitics.net on lobbying for defense contracts

The Pentagon’s top contractors sent an army of more than 400 lobbyists to Capitol Hill this spring to press their case for increasing the nation’s spending on military hardware, in a massive effort costing tens of millions of dollars of their own funds…

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Gordon Adams quoted in TIME on military budget caps

The Pentagon’s top contractors sent an army of more than 400 lobbyists to Capitol Hill this spring to press their case for increasing the nation’s spending on military hardware, in a massive effort costing tens of millions of dollars of their own funds…

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Gordon Adams quoted in Reuters on the US government’s war budget

The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Still, Congress has authorized a 38 percent increase in the war budget over last year. -snip- “It’s the worst thing that could happen to b…

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Op-ed by Gordon Adams & Richard Sokolsky in Lawfare on security assistance & governance – Part II

In the first part of this article, we suggested that the success of U.S. security assistance and cooperation programs would depend heavily on the extent to which they were embedded in a broader strategy to improve governance in recipient countries. Eff…

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Op-ed by Gordon Adams in Foreign Policy on defense budget cuts

On July 9, the Army announced the details of a long-planned drawdown of some 40,000 U.S. troops. Among the press, this set off a flutter in the dove-cote (Or is it the war-cote, or the press-cote?). You’d have thought the nation was suddenly stripped b…

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Op-ed by Gordon Adams & Richard Sokolsky in Lawfare on security assistance & governance

If there is one proposition over the past 25 years that has commanded a bipartisan and near-unanimous consensus among U.S. government officials, foreign policy wonks, and the commentariat, it is that failing and failed states can pose serious threats t…

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Op-ed by Gordon Adams in Foreign Policy on U.S. Defense Budget

The debate over the defense budget has been underway now for six months. The Republican majority in Congress has passed budget resolutions, is working hard on defense authorizing bills (already through the House), and has pushed the defense appropriati…

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Gordon Adams quoted in MSN News on U.S. National Guard funding

The equipment for America’s National Guard and Reserve is increasingly funded through an account that contains money not requested by the president, not capped by the budget law and not subject to much open oversight, according to assessments by CQ and…

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Gordon Adams quoted in the Fiscal Times on the Pentagon’s ‘Slush Fund’

An obscure Pentagon account that has powered the U.S. war effort in the Middle East since shortly after the 9-11 attacks is at the center of a growing political controversy over the use of budgetary gimmicks and the future direction of government spend…

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Gordon Adams And Matthew Leatherman Quoted In Defense News On OCO

WASHINGTON — The presence of the overseas contingency operations (OCO) fund is preventing needed reforms to the defense budget, a panel of experts said April 3.   -snip-   Gordon Adams, a former top defense official at the Office of Managemen…

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Gordon Adams’s op-ed in Foreign Policy on Iran and the U.S. Administrations

One of the things that struck me about George W. Bush’s foreign policy was that it was clear and consistent, both in goals and in implementation. In policy, you knew what he was for; you knew what he was against. The themes were clear: nonproliferation…

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Gordon Adams op-ed in Foreign Policy on the Pentagon’s budget management

The secretary of defense is resigning midstream. It was not expected, but perhaps it is not surprising. While the bulk of the press coverage of his departure focuses on disagreements between the White House and the Pentagon on foreign-policy issues, no…

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Gordon Adams op-ed in Foreign Policy on midterm elections

“They” say elections rarely turn on foreign policy. And mid-term elections, “they” say, are almost never a referendum on the president. Well, take that, whoever “they” are. This election turned on foreign policy big time. But not the way you might thin…

Commentary
Ties That Bind

From Afghanistan to Mali to Iraq, training and equipping other countries’ militaries has a terrible track record. Why would we want to make it a permanent part of U.S. strategy? This is an urgent memo to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees:…

Commentary
The Great Security Shift

The White House is hosting a major summit of African leaders this week. Elected and unelected heads of state and officials from nearly 50 African countries are in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future of the U.S. relationship with Africa. T…

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BFAD report on Overseas Contingency Operations request cited in Gordon Adams’ Foreign Policy op-ed

Everybody fiddles with their budget from time to time. How will we pay for the new car? Or that summer spike in the gas bill? What about that unanticipated bail expense, from before Colorado legalized pot? Even federal agencies do the same thing. What…

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Gordon Adams is quoted in The Washington Post on the Pentagon

The Defense Department on Monday proposed cutting the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, slashing a class of attack jets and rolling back personnel costs in an effort to adjust a department buoyed by a decade of war to an era of leaner budgets. The…

Commentary
Gordon Adams discusses the State of the Union, the Defense budget and more on Defense News (video)

Gordon Adams, distinguished fellow in Stimson’s Budgeting For Foreign Affairs and Defense program, was a guest on Defense News Febuary 2, discussing the 2014 State of the Union, the Defense budget, and other topics. Joining him were Loren Thompson from…

Commentary
Deferring the Inevitable

Beyond the emotional and tragic tale of Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address didn’t say much about defense, beyond an anodyne phrase: “And as we reform our defense budget, we have to keep faith with our men and…

Commentary
The Little Budget Deal is a Big Deal

As night fell on Dec. 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the two-year budget deal carved out by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan — but the fallout is not nearly over. It is rapidly changing the atmosphere in Washington, D.C. about budget…

Commentary
Is the Sky Really Falling?

Let’s get this straight: the Defense Department and the defense industry survived the sequester. But you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise, given a year of dire forecasts from the aerospace industry that 2013 would see the decline and fall of the ec…

Commentary
Facing Reality at the Pentagon

The shutdown/debt ceiling/budget crisis may be over, for now. But inside the Beltway, most folks who care about defense issues and the military continue to bang away at the assumed “damage” that sequestration and these budget battles are doing to Ameri…

Commentary
Intervention on the Cheap

Syria may be the issue of the week, but the budgetary opportunists are not missing the chance to tie defense budgets to the vote on a missile strike. No sooner had President Obama announced that he would seek congressional approval for launching missil…

Commentary
Have You Heard the One About the Pentagon’s Budget?

There’s a joke about lawyers (one of many) that goes, “What do you call 10,000 lawyers chained together at the bottom of the sea?” The answer, for those who think we have too many lawyers (well over 1.2 million, according to the American Bar Associatio…

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Gordon Adams’s Op-Ed On Defense Funding And Sequestration Is Published In Foreign Policy

While the nation swirls in the Sufi-dance around surveillance, the congressional defense committees have had their heads down, marking up the DOD money bills for the coming fiscal year (FY 2014). When it comes to the overall totals in the defense money…

Commentary
Food Fight

Budget discipline notwithstanding, elected officials have strong incentives to support wasteful or unnecessary spending as long as it takes place in their states and districts. Beneficiaries out in the private sector thrive off the proceeds. And federa…

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Gordon Adams’s Op-Ed On Defense Management Issues Is Published In Foreign Policy

Folks in the defense universe in Washington, DC spend a lot of time in the arcade of debates. One of these debates is about U.S. military strategy in a changing world: Should we confront, contain, or partner with China? Should we engage or confront Ira…

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An op-ed by Gordon Adams on reform of the U.S. food aid program is featured in Foreign Policy

Why is the agricultural lobby so mad at Obama? We can spend a lot of time (and I do) on the politics of the defense budget and the Iron Triangle that binds the Pentagon, the defense industry, and key members of Congress, making reform in the defense wo…

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Gordon Adams’ op-ed on the defense drawdown featured in Foreign Policy

Gordon Adams’ op-ed on the defense drawdown was featured in Foreign Policy. Click here to read the report. (To view this article readers need to sign up for free registration on the website.)

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Gordon Adams’ op-ed on sequester defense cuts featured in the Monterey County Herald

Gordon Adam’s op-ed on the effects on the sequester on Defense spending was featured in the Monterey County Herald. Read the full op-ed here.

Commentary
Gordon Adams publishes op-ed in U.S. News and World Report

Gordon Adams recently published an op-ed in U.S. News and World Report entitled, It Is Time for Discipline, Defense. In the piece, Adams argues that cutting the defense budget is managable, and will still leave behind a globally dominant force. Click h…

Testimony
Gordon Adams testifies before House Budget Committee

Dr. Gordon Adams testified before the House Budget Committee, on “Budgeting for America’s National Security.”  Click here to read his prepared testimony.

Commentary
Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Graveyward for US Foreign Policy Planning?

By Gordon Adams – The foreign policy machinery in the Obama administration is finally grinding away on a difficult long-term policy and institutional problem: What should the US development and foreign assistance strategy be? Such an examination raises…

Report
Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Graveyard for US Foreign Policy Planning?

The foreign policy machinery in the Obama administration is finally grinding away on a difficult long-term policy and institutional problem: What should the US development and foreign assistance strategy be? Such an examination raises a seemingly endle…

Report
A New Way Forward: Rebalancing Security Assistance Programs and Authorities

Stimson’s Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense project released its new report on security assistance policies, programs, and authorities: A New Way Forward: Rebalancing Security Assistance Programs and Authorities. A New Way Forward examines the…

Commentary
A Leaner and Meaner Defense

The United States faces a watershed moment: it must decide whether to increase its already massive debt in order to continue being the world’s sheriff or restrain its military missions and focus on economic recovery. Military power has dominated the Un…

Report
DOD Authorities for Foreign and Security Assistance Programs: A Comparison of the FY 2010 House and

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) marked up its version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on June 18 and the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) concluded its markup on July 2. The Senate bill is currentl…

Report
Change to administration’s plan proposed

House lawmakers want the State Department to handle aid to Pakistan. Administrative authority for a new $400 million counterinsurgency fund for Pakistan shouldreside within the State Department, not the Pentagon, according to House appropriators’ ver…

Commentary
Presidential Inbox 2009: The First 100 Days

The first 100 days of any administration are filled with tough choices and breaks from past policies. This administration is no different. In the lead-up to the election, Stimson experts identified the issues, from nuclear proliferation to a code of co…

Report
Increasing the U.S. defense budget won’t stimulate the economy

The next war–the battle for even more defense spending–is now under way. Major weapons program manufacturers are worried that Defense Secretary Robert Gates may be serious about looking for “hard choices” that need to be made in the Pentagon’s procur…

Report
Rebalancing the Toolkit: Strengthening the Civilian Instruments of Statecraft

The Challenge America’s statecraft is unbalanced and our national security is paying the price. Today, the military is being asked to perform a growing number of national security missions, only some of which are part of their core competence. The cons…

Report
A Foreign Affairs Budget For the Future: Fixing the Crisis in Diplomatic Readiness

“Our diplomatic leaders – be they in ambassadors’ suites or on the State Department’s seventh floor – must have the resources and political support needed to fully exercise their statutory responsibilities in leading American foreign policy.” – Defense…

Commentary
Establishing the Next President’s National Security Agenda: Strengthening the Civilian Instrument

The next president will inherit a severe and growing imbalance in the tool kit he has available for dealing with the national security challenges of the early twenty-first century. In the first three parts of this series, I described these challenges a…

Commentary
Establishing the Next President’s National Security Agenda: How to Confront the Budget Morass

In the third part of a series originally written for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Gordon Adams examines the complexities of the nearly-unwieldly defense budget. Making matters much harder, the Office of Management and Budget exempted three agenci…

Report
Transforming European Militaries: Coalition Operations and the Technology Gap

Gordon Adams and Guy Ben-Ari identify the key requirements for improvement of Europe’s abilities as an international actor. They focus on national and collaborative, as well as existing and planned, networks. They clearly show the reader how, with the…

Policy Paper
Strengthening Statecraft and Security: Reforming U.S. Planning and Resource Allocation

The Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense project is pleased to present a report by Dr. Cindy Williams and Dr. Gordon Adams, “Strengthening Statecraft and Security: Reforming U.S. Planning and Resource Allocation” recently published by the Security…

Report
Defense Spending and the Economy: Does the Defense Dollar Make a Difference?

The impact of defense spending on the economy has become part of the growing debate about the need to put defense on the table to achieve deficit reduction.  It’s not a new subject; the argument that defense is important to jobs, research, economi…

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