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Congress, Defense Issues, and the Future

Congress, Defense Issues, and the Future

NYU Wagner's Brademas Center for the Study of Congress held a well-attended and timely forum Dec. 14, 2007, on how the U.S. Congress can come to grips with looming defense issues such as the War on Terror, changes in force structure, Department of Defense reform, and base closings. The question addressed by the panel convened by Paul C. Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at Wagner, was, "How can Congress address these defense issues before they become intractable?" Part of a series of Brademas Center discussions on Congressional decision making titled "Legislating for the Future," the forum took place in the Rayburn Building in Washington, D.C., and included leading scholars on defense: Paul K. Davis, Principal Researcher, The Rand Corporation; Kenneth R. Mayer, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution.

Click the link below to view C-SPAN's coverage of the forum.

Through forums such as this, the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress - at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service - seeks to advance understanding of the powers, processes and political character of the U.S. Congress among scholars, students pursuing careers in public service, those working on Capitol Hill, and the public. It is named for its founder, the former U.S. Representative from Indiana (1959-81) and President Emeritus of New York University (1981-1992).

Dear Senators McCain and Obama

Dear Senators McCain and Obama

In a letter dated June 23, 2008, the noted government reform expert Paul Light — a professor at NYU Wagner — has urged John McCain and Barack Obama to use their influence and unique position as sitting senators running for president to pass bi-partisan legislation that would reform the appointment process and improve government performance. The McCain-Obama Government for the 21st Century Act recommended by Professor Light would cut the number of presidential appointees next year, accelerate the nomination and confirmation process, and help fix a broken federal government. A strong focus on governance during the campaign, Dr. Light contends in the letter sent to the two senators, will ensure that the next president is truly "Ready on Day One."

The release of the letter (below) coincides with the publication of Professor Light's op-ed in The Washington Post, entitled "Can't-Do Government" (also below).

 

 

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