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Transition 2020 | Defense and National Security Policy Under the Incoming Biden Administration

Both major change and desired continuity can be expected.  Beginning with perhaps the most historically significant change we expect to see in President-elect Biden’s defense and national security organizations, we believe that the Nation will see the first female serving as the Secretary of Defense.… Continue Reading

Washington Awaits Details on the President’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal and Continues to Focus on Russia; the House is Scheduled to Take Up the Defense Appropriations Bill; the State Department Quietly Released the Human Rights Report, as well as the Narcotics Control Report Last Week

President Donald Trump gave an optimistic speech last Tuesday before a Joint Session of Congress that has largely been positively received.  The President said: “A new chapter of American Greatness is now beginning. A new national pride is sweeping across our Nation.  And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our … Continue Reading

President Obama Addresses the Chief of Missions Conference; Iran’s Ballistic Missile Tests Continue to be Scrutinized; Ambassador Froman Heads to Brussels

President Barack Obama hosted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House last week for an official Head of State Visit, marking the close bilateral relationship between the two countries.  President Obama will visit the State Department today to deliver remarks at the Chief of Missions Conference.  Meanwhile, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman heads … Continue Reading

U.S. President Announces Upcoming Trips to Cuba, Argentina, Vietnam and Laos; Congress Returns to Washington, Faces a Busy Week of Oversight Hearings, Including Testimony from the Secretaries of State and Defense

Early last week, President Barack Obama hosted the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders in California and announced he will travel in May to Vietnam and Laos.  Back in Washington on Wednesday, the President announced another trip in March to Cuba and Argentina.  Congress was in recess last week, in observance of the Presidents’ … Continue Reading

Ashton Carter’s Nomination Hearing Set; Senate Armed Services Committee to Examine National Security Challenges

FY 2016 Budget Request President Obama said he intends to release his FY 2016 Budget Request on February 2nd. While not yet confirmed by the Senate to be the next Secretary of Defense, former Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is expected to present the FY 2016 Defense budget.  Meanwhile, last week, the Senate Armed Services … Continue Reading

NDAA Comes to Senate Floor; White House Receives Intelligence Program Interim Report

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Defense Authorization, Budget And the Sequester The Fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (S.1197) is expected to come to the Senate floor this week. Speculation is high the Senate debate will be truncated in order to conclude before the Thanksgiving congressional recess. There is growing consensus the second round … Continue Reading
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