Tag Archives: Secretary of Defense

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

US Executive Branch Update – November 10, 2020

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases. POTUS’ Schedule* *The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change. THE PRESIDENT has no public events scheduled. VPOTUS’ Schedule* 1:00 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT attends the Senate … Continue Reading

Congress to Examine Russia’s Role in the Crises in Syria and Ukraine; The First Lady Travels to Qatar and Jordan

Syrian and Iraqi Crises Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks on U.S. Middle East policy last Wednesday at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  The Secretary called on the Russian Government to contribute to the end of the Syrian conflict, including through a political settlement.  He also highlighted areas where the United States, Russia, … Continue Reading

President Obama Hosts Indonesian President; Congress Scrutinizes the U.S. Middle East Policy; House Vote Ahead on Reauthorization of the U.S. Ex-Im Bank

Indonesia – Washington Visit This afternoon, President Barack Obama will welcome President Joko Widodo of Indonesia to the White House. President Widodo is making his first visit to the United States since becoming President of Indonesia. President Obama and President Widodo are expected to discuss plans to expand existing areas of bilateral cooperation, including in … Continue Reading

The White House Hosts a Countering Violent Extremism Summit; Washington Closely Monitoring the Situation in Ukraine; Congress is in Recess

Upcoming Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Summit U.S. National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen reported last week that 20,000 foreign fighters are joining ISIL and other extremist organizations. Secretary of State John Kerry also observed that thousands of extremist fighters have been killed in Syria and in Iraq, including many foreign fighters. This week, the White House … Continue Reading

House Passes Select Stopgap Funding Measures; Government Shutdown – Effects on Military and Defense Contractor Pay and Intelligence Agencies

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Budget and the Debt Ceiling With no congressional consensus on a bill to fund the U.S. federal government for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, on Tuesday, October 1, the U.S. government partially shut down. Last week, the House attempted to advance its strategy of passing “mini” continuing resolutions (CR) to fund … Continue Reading
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