OCO, WARTHOGS, GTRI, AND SSBNX:
Making Sense of the Alphabet Soup & Nickname Game that is the NDAA
Washington DC – May 12, 2013– Press Advisory – The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation will host a press call with Lt. General Robert Gard and John Isaacs to outline key provisions of the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as it moves to the House floor.
- Congressional increases and cuts to nuclear terrorism prevention and non-proliferation programs;
- Funding for nuclear triad weapons platform including ICBMs, the long range strike bomber and Ohio-class replacement submarine;
- Additional funding and restrictions for missile defense, including a potential East Coast missile defense site and accelerated deployment in Poland;
- Continued funding for military deployment in Afghanistan and the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund;
- Weapon-specific spending including the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and the fight to keep the A10 flying;
- Congressional rejection of most Pentagon budget savings, and
- “Sense of Congress” language regarding a final nuclear deal with Iran.
WHEN: Monday, May 19th at 1:30PM
WHERE: Conference Call: (866) 316-1519 Code: 6182 072#
WHO: Lt. General Robert Gard, PhD (ret. U.S. Army) is the former president of National Defense University and the current Chairman of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. He is a globally-recognized expert on a range of national security topics including military policy, Iraq, Iran, missile defense, Afghanistan, terrorism and nuclear security.
In his 31 year military career, Gen. Gard saw combat in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, served as Executive Assistant to two Secretaries of Defense and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.
John Isaacs is the Executive Director of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and Council for a Livable World. He has represented the Council for a Livable World on Capitol Hill since 1978; he is one of the top experts on the politics of Congress and arms control.
Kingston Reif and Laicie Heeley will also comment on their issue areas.
The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation is a Washington-based non-profit think tank working to reduce the number of nuclear weapons stockpiled across the globe, increase international nonproliferation programs targeted at preventing the further proliferation of nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism, redirect U.S. military spending to address 21st century security threats and halt the proliferation of biological and chemical weapons. www.armscontrolcenter.org