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Gordon Adams

Professor
School of International Service

  • Dr. Gordon Adams, a professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, has published widely on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. He is extensively used by the nation’s media for comment on U.S. national security policy.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Columbia University; MA, Columbia University; BA, Stanford University
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    Definitely the Davenport Lounge

    Book Currently Reading:

    Just finished Rachel Maddow's DRIFT on the overuse of America's military

    Languages Spoken:

    French, German, Spanish with declining sophistication in that order
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Teaching

  • Spring 2015

    • HNRS-302 Honors Collqm in Social Sc: Militarization of US For Pol
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Research Interests

Research and writing on the US foreign policy and national security toolkit, focusing on the balance between the foreign policy institutions (State, USAID) and the defense institutions (Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community).

Selected Publications

Media Appearances

  • Monthly column for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • Blogging: Huffington Post, National Journal, democracyarsenal

Congressional Testimony

Executive Experience

Research Interests

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Distinguished Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center
  • Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service
  • Fellow, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Selected Publications

  • Buying National Security: How America Plans and Pays for Its Global Role and Safety At Home (with Cindy Williams). Routledge Press, 2009.  
  • A Foreign Affairs Budget for the Future, with co-authors, Stimson Center, October 2008.  
  • Strengthening Statecraft and Security: Reforming U.S. Planning and Resource Allocation, (with Cindy Williams), Occasional Paper, Cambridge, MA: MIT Security Studies Program, June 2008.   
  • Transforming European Militaries: Coalition Operations and the Technology Gap (with Guy Ben-Ari), Routledge Press, 2006.   
  • The Role of Defense Budgets in Civil Military Relations, Defense Budget Project, 1992.   
  • The Iron Triangle: The Politics of Defense Contracting, Transaction Press, 1981.

Media Appearances

  • Monthly column for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • Blogging: Huffington Post, National Journal, democracyarsenal

Congressional Testimony

Congressional testimony on defense spending and national security issues.

Executive Experience

Formerly Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, the White House, 1993-97

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: National security policy, defense, diplomacy, and foreign assistance budgets; foreign policy; Afghanistan War; Iraq War; Congress and national security; terrorism; transatlantic national security relationships; and European defense and security issues

Additional Information: Gordon Adams is also a distinguished fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. He was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2006–07. For the previous seven years, he was a professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, and director of the school’s Security Policy Studies Program. He was previously deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and served for five years as the Office of Management and Budget's associate director for national security and international affairs, the senior White House budget official for national security. He has been an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and received the Department of Defense Medal for distinguished public service. He has testified numerous times before Congress on defense spending and national security issues; writes frequent columns for major media outlets; and is a regular blog contributor at Battleland (Time), Capital Gains and Games, The Will and the Wallet (Stimson Center), and National Security Experts (National Journal). Adams is widely quoted by national media on national security policy and budgets. He has published books, monographs, and articles on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process (The Iron Triangle: The Politics of Defense Contracting), and on national security budgets. His most recent book is Buying National Security: How America Plans and Pays for Its Global Role and Safety at Home (Routledge, 2009).

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