Report of the National Defense Panel
Robust American Involvement Globally Needed, not Retrenchment
General John Abizaid
The Ramada, 9:00 a.m., Thursday, October 2nd
The National Defense Panel (NDP), co-chaired by former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry and former CENTCOM Commander, GEN John Abizaid, was established by Congress primarily to provide a non-partisan evaluation of the QDR (Quadrennial Defense Review). The report from the Panel was highly critical of the Obama administration’s national security policies and of Congressional funding for the Department of Defense. In straightforward language, the Panel slammed administration policies that sought to align defense posture and spending to the constraints imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act and its Sequester provisions.
The Panel concluded that as a result of cutbacks in defense expenditures, “our current and potential allies and adversaries… question our commitment and resolve”. The NDP also highlighted growing threats to American interests worldwide, including Chinese cyber and maritime aggressiveness, North Korean bellicosity, Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, and the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Iraq. Notably, the Panel explicitly identified the threat posed by “Islamic terrorism”, a term the White House has not employed.
In addition to presenting the conclusions and rationales of the Panel’s report, we will ask General Abizaid for his views on the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, particularly on the threat posed by the “Islamic State” and the President’s strategy for defeating that insurgency.
No need to RSVP now, but please mark this unique and exciting event on your calendars.