Gordon Adams

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Congress’s Defense Spending Is Nothing More Than a Shell Game

And with the new appropriations bill it might just get away it.

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Welcome Back, Dr. Carter

Ashton Carter will be the next secretary of defense, if Congress agrees to confirm him. It is not the first time Ash Carter has set ...

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Budget Blunders and Funding Follies

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 ...

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The Midterm’s Mantra of Fear and Loathing

"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 ...

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The Varnish of Vietnam

The Pentagon's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the American victory in Vietnam is about to descend on us. This miscast, colored, and distorted Pentagon ...

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Ties That Bind

This is an urgent memo to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees: Making Section 1206, a DoD program that trains and equips militaries around ...

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Sharks in the Desert

I was going to call this column "here we go again," but Charles Blow at the New York Times beat me to the punch. The ...

COLUMN

The Great Defense Spending Distraction

There's nothing like a good round of international conflict to bring the folks who want to spend more on defense out of the closet. The ...

COLUMN

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 ...

COLUMN

While John Kerry Is on a Plane…

John Kerry is on a plane, seemingly every day, trying to put out the surge in global military and diplomatic wildfires. Vladimir Putin and the ...

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About Gordon Adams

Gordon Adams is a Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University and a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center. From 1993-97 he was the senior White House budget official for national security.

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