The Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense project staff regularly publishes books, monographs, articles, and opinion pieces. Below are highlights from our events, testimonies, and media appearances.
Disciplining the Defense Budget: Implementation and Impact (February 25, 2011)
The Stimson Center and the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted a briefing of defense savings options included in BPC’s Restoring America’s Future and Stimson’s Leaner and Meaner, by Gordon Adams and Matthew Leatherman. Presentations by Sen. Pete Domenici, Dr. Alice Rivlin, and Dr. Adams were followed by a panel discussion including Rep. John Spratt, Michael Bayer, and David Bayer, and moderated by Vago Muradian.
Click here to watch the video and read the transcript of the event.
Anticipating National Security Priorities in the 112th Congress (October 15, 2010)
The Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense project formally launched our blog, The Will and the Wallet, with a panel discussion featuring Steve Clemons, Jen DiMascio, Tom Gjelten, and Josh Rogin as panelists. To watch the video of this standing-room only event, click here.
Gordon Adams frequently testifies before Congressional hearings on issues of defense spending and the federal budget. Click here for the complete list of his Congressional appearances and the text of his testimonies.
Gordon Adams on PBS NewsHour (June 9, 2011)
Gordon Adams and Mackenzie Eaglen (Heritage Foundation) debated defense budget cuts on PBS NewsHour with host Jeffrey Brown. Click here to watch the video.
Matthew Leatherman in The Raleigh News and Observer (June 5, 2011)
Matthew Leatherman discussed the overlap between strategy in Afghanistan and the Pentagon’s role in fiscal discipline in this op-ed for the Raleigh News and Observer.
Gordon Adams in Foreign Policy Online (June 3, 2011)
In “Unfinished Business,” Gordon Adams discussed ten challenges left undone by outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates that his successor Leon Panetta will have to face.
Gordon Adams in The New York Times Room for Debate (May 8, 2011)
Gordon Adams laid out six ways to save in defense spending in this op-ed for the New York Times.
Gordon Adams in The Washington Post (May 5, 2011)
In “Panetta’s Challenge: Slimming Down the Pentagon,” Gordon Adams examined the difficulties incoming defense secretary Leon Panetta will face in presiding over a defense build-down.
Gordon Adams in The New York Times (May 8, 2011)
Gordon Adams laid out steps for a smart build-down in “How to Cut the Military: Six Ways to Save“ in The New York Times Room for Debate.
Gordon Adams in The Washington Post (May 5, 2011)
Gordon Adams discussed the challenges the next Secretary of Defense will face in presiding over a build-down in “Panetta’s Challenge: Slimming Down the Pentagon,” an op-ed for the Washington Post.
Gordon Adams on NPR’s Morning Edition (April 20, 2011)
Gordon Adams explained how the defense budget can be cut without hurting military readiness in an interview with NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly.
Gordon Adams on The Diane Rehm Show (April 18, 2011)
Gordon Adams discussed the defense build-down with James Kitfield (National Journal) and Thomas Donnelly (American Enterprise Institute).
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Gordon Adams on NPR’s Morning Edition (April 14, 2011)
Gordon Adams discussed how to cutting defense, starting with infrastructure, will actually improve military readiness.
Gordon Adams on This Week in Defense News (April 14, 2011)
Gordon Adams and Michael Bayer discussed the effects of defense cuts on national security on This Week in Defense News, hosted by Vago Muradian.
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BFAD in The Hill (April 13, 2011)
Gordon Adams and Matthew Leatherman argued that defense spending should not be exempt from debt reduction efforts in “Defense in need of fiscal discipline.”
Gordon Adams on NPR’s To the Point (April 13, 2011)
Gordon Adams argued for smart cuts to the defense budget in a debate with Winslow Wheeler and Mackenzie Eaglen on To the Point, hosted by Warren Olney.
Matthew Leatherman in Defense News (April 10, 2011)
Matthew Leatherman explained why failure to prioritize missions and track war spending prevents fiscal discipline in defense in “US war spending might not drop,” an op-ed in Defense News.
Gordon Adams in Defense News (April 10, 2011)
Gordon Adams discussed how to manage a defense resources for an effective build-down in “5 tasks for the next SECDEF.”
Gordon Adams on NPR’s All Things Considered (March 23, 2011)
Gordon Adams discussed the relatively low costs of the intervention in Libya in light of the costs of ongoing US operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Matthew Leatherman in the Philadelphia Inquirer (March 23, 2011)
Matthew Leatherman argued that overemphasis on Libya distracts from the more important mission in Afghanistan in “On Libya, Obama ignores his own advice,” an op-ed for the Philidelphia Inquirer.
Gordon Adams on American Public Radio’s Marketplace (March 21, 2011)
Gordon Adams spoke with Marketplace‘s John Dimsdale about the costs of US operations in Libya.
Matthew Leatherman in The Hill (March 16, 2011)
Matthew Leatherman made the case for clarity in US foreign policy in “Deciphering Our Schizophrenic Policy Towards Libya,” an op-ed for The Hill.
Matthew Leatherman in the Philadelphia Inquirer (March 10, 2011)
Matthew Leatherman discussed what the US experience in previous military interventions may mean for current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in “The Inertia of Intervention,” an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Gordon Adams at CSIS (February 23, 2011)
Gordon Adams participated in a roundtable discussion on defining external security and the national security review process at a CSIS conference entitled “Enhancing Euro-Atlantic Security Amid Uncertain Times: EU-U.S. Security Strategies and Recommendations.”
Gordon Adams on NPR’s All Things Considered (January 25, 2011)
Gordon Adams spoke with NPR’s Tom Bowman about the future of the Marine Corps and the reasoning behind the recent round of defense budget cuts.
Gordon Adams in Foreign Policy Online (February 15, 2011)
Gordon Adams explains why “the military’s salad days of limitless spending are over” in an “Winning the Battle, Losing the War,” an op-ed for Foreign Policy Online.
BFAD in the Washington Post (January 14, 2011)
Gordon Adams and Matthew Leatherman address common misperceptions and explain why defense should be on the table in explained in their Washington Post op-ed, “Five Myths About Defense Spending“
BFAD in Foreign Affairs (Jan/Feb 2011)
Gordon Adams and Matthew Leatherman discussed defense savings options in “A Leaner and Meaner Defense: How to Cut the Pentagon’s Budget While Improving Its Performance” an article for the Jan/Feb issue of Foreign Affairs.
Gordon Adams on This Week in Defense News (November 7, 2010)
Gordon Adams returned to This Week in Defense News to discuss the impact of a new Congress on defense and the defense budget. Dr. Adams was joined by Rick Maze (Army Times), Jim Michaels (USA Today), and Mackenzie Eaglen (Heritage Foundation).
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Gordon Adams on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show (September 14, 2010)
The Diane Rehm Show on NPR featured Dr. Gordon Adams, along with James Kitfield (National Journal) and Kori Schake (Hoover Institution), to discuss the nation’s debt, the pressures on the Pentagon to rein in defense spending, and the implications of the two on national security.
Matthew Leatherman in the News Observer (September 13, 2010)
Matthew Leatherman placed the growing defense budget into context in his article in the News Observer. Highlighting the petty politics and Gates’s bureaucratic interests, Mr. Leatherman suggested that the Secretary needs widespread American support to be able to make significant cuts to the defense budget.
Gordon Adams on American Public Radio’s Marketplace (September 10, 2010)
Gordon Adams weighed in on defense suppliers’ measures to cut their spending needs on the American Public Radio program.
Gordon Adams on NPR’s Morning Edition (August 10, 2010)
NPR’s Morning Edition featured Gordon Adams, who put Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s proposed spending cuts into context.
Gordon Adams on This Week in Defense News (August 1, 2010)
Gordon Adams appeared on This Week in Defense News, hosted by Vago Muradian. Dr. Adams was joined by Todd Harrison (Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments) to form an expert roundtable to discuss the Defense Business Board report that recommended significant cuts to the defense budget.