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Trevino: Reinvigorate the National Security Reform Caucus

October 26, 2010

The very nature of National Security transcends partisan biases and divisions. Congress has no current effective committee mechanism for addressing “Whole of Government” requirements. The bi-partisan National Security Reform Caucus on Capitol Hill needs to be refreshed and reinvigorated as a serious forum for discussion and action, for both members and staffers The Reform Caucus should become the voice of reason and wisdom with respect to promoting strategic foresight & anticipation, integrated long-term strategic planning, and moving in the direction of unified budgeting. The Reform Caucus should also be demanding that the White House extend their own leadership such as Vice President Biden as a partner to the Hill efforts.

– Steven Trevino, Senior Advisor

This is from a series of posts by our staff in response to this question: In which ways can the next Congress help advance the national security transformation?

  1. Chris Lamb permalink
    October 28, 2010 9:05 am

    Trevino is spot on in arguing that national security is an intrinsically bipartisan issue, especially when the issue is reforming the system for better overall performance. Winners from both parties in the upcoming elections could do nothing better to demonstrate their determination to rise above narrow porkbarrel politics and their commitment to national health and welfare than joining the bi-partisan National Security Reform Caucus. National security reform is needed not only to make the system more responsive to the dynamic security environment we face but also to redirect wasted resources to productive security initiatives. Trevino is also correct that the White House should want to be involved in such a bipartisan effort to improve national security system performance. President Obama’s willingness to keep a Republican Secretary of Defense and move cautiously on national security strategy is a good sign that there is room here for bipartisan cooperation.


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