OUT OF THE FRYING PAN AND INTO THE FIRE: The NDAA Moves from Committee to the House Floor
Military, Science and Political Experts Comment on Anticipated House’s NDAA Action
Washington DC – June 6, 2013– Press Advisory – The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation will host a press call with Lt. General Robert Gard, Hon. Philip Coyle and John Isaacs analyzing the military, technical, budgetary and political implications of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) after mark-up in Committee and before potential floor action.
WHAT: The House of Representative will consider a host of issues including: the authorization of $250 million for an East Coast missile defense site; new funds for nuclear weapons, including the B61 life extension program and $85 billion related to the Afghanistan War. The panel of experts will explain the military, technical and political implications of these programs and other during a press call on:
WHEN: Monday, June 10th at 1:30PM EST
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.
The Honorable Philip E. Coyle worked in the White House Office and Technology under President Barack Obama. He is a former assistant secretary of defense and director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the Pentagon. Mr. Coyle has more than 40 years experience in testing and test-related matters. Prior to his stint at the Pentagon, Mr. Coyle was associate director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – where he served in several capacities from 1959 to 1979, and again from 1981 to 1993
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.
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Director of Non-Proliferation Programs, Kingston Reif , and Director of Middle East and Defense Policy, Laicie Heeley , will also join the call to answer specific questions.
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