Dear National Security Forum Members,
For the October 2nd event with General Abizaid, we will implement an additional payment option that will allow you to pay for the breakfast in advance by clicking on the options below. While it’s still possible to pay at the door, we are looking to expedite the process for checking attendees in. You can pay online until Wednesday, October 1st at noon.
Please remember that you are a member only if you have paid the annual membership fee ($100 for individuals and $150 for couples) after July 1, 2014. If you have not paid your membership dues, the cost of the breakfast for an individual is $25. Members’ breakfast are $15.
Even if you choose not to prepay online, it’s important to RSVP as we expect a large number of attendees for this event.
This is the final reminder about the upcoming breakfast forum…
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. As you know, General Abizaid served as the Commanding General of Central Command (CENTCOM), overseeing American military operations in the 27-country region from the Horn of Africa to south Asia from 2005 to 2007, including the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
General Abizaid grew up in nearby Coleville and played sports in the western Nevada small school conferences. He and his wife, Kathy, who hails from Bridgeport, have 3 children.
Please join us for what will be a very interesting discussion. A full breakfast will be served ($15 Members, $25 Non-Members, and $10 for students with ID and military personnel in uniform; free for WWII veterans). We recommend that you arrive by 8:30 to enjoy some breakfast, coffee and conversation.
You are encouraged to RSVP by clicking HERE. You may also RSVP e-mailing info@