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    Office of the Secretary of Defense

    BUDGET THOUGHTS: (Just posting a link to the budget here for ease of use.) So here's my preliminary idea on this front. Fundamentally, we're still in the Cold War, but we are entering a new era, one where I think confrontation will slowly give way to reconciliation, where hard power will need to be supplemented by increasing soft power, where the gradual opening up of the Soviet Union will create opportunities for us to bring about a peaceful end to this savage era of global politics and further emphasise American moral leadership on the global stage. I understand the budget negotiations are currently all a bit fucked at the moment, and I might have left a lot of this stuff too late to be actioned upon, but I was thinking of the following action points on the national security budget: A gradual trebling of the State budget department. I don't propose this lately, but I think, due to the relatively smaller size of the State budget, an increase in our nation's diplomatic abilities, foreign aid provision, and leadership on issues such as global health, global free trade, and fighting international crime and totalitarianism will have an outsized effect compared to the relatively modest impacts those same funds will have in the DoD. I can propose more in depth ideas for these funds, of course, but I want to be ready. A $10 billion increase in DoD research, and a $5 billion increase in other research programs such as NASA, NSF, NIH, and the like. I want us to be at the cutting edge of research and development going forward, to have the scientific base to tackle whatever research needs - in weapons, space, medicine, agriculture, public policy, whatever - lie ahead of us. A substantial increase in VA spending. A $50 billion contingency fund for diplomatic and humanitarian efforts in China. I am willing to do the leg work needed to get a DoD budget audit rolling.
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  3. General Goose

    The President's China Briefing

    ((Hope I can post here pre-confirmation.)) Hello everyone, So, while I haven’t been confirmed yet, after talking with Anderson I am going to start helping with strategy talks. As a standard disclaimer, I am rusty with these high level policy discussions and obviously there’s a lot of stuff to digest and catch up on, so forgive me in advance if I overlook an important consideration or get a fact wrong. I was thinking, upon confirmation, my first priority should be a tour of the surrounding “nations” (I am also open to visiting the seat of the Zhang-PLA too, pending diplomatic and security advice). My immediate inclination is that the most important thing we can do is try and lay down the foundations, in terms of both political support and economic infrastructure, for a new liberal regional order. So, first and foremost, Japan and South Korea. They need to be fully supportive of a democratic China for a democratic China to succeed. My understanding is that Japan is more concerned about its power and status relative to China, whereas South Korea is more concerned about its absolute security from the north. So we need to guarantee the alliances, and the primacy of such alliances, that we have with both of these nations. So, to both nations, I am thinking we begin negotiations of a free trade deal, perhaps, and, more importantly, tangible military commitments. For Seoul, a commitment to expand our bases in South Korea, or at the very least not to scale back or reduce them. For Tokyo, as their concerns are more about the balance of power, I was thinking we could create some sort of...guarantee, that investment and support for their military will ALWAYS be at least, I dunno, thrice as much as what China gets from all NATO countries combined. Even if we’re not giving stuff to Zhang now, this will make a long-term guarantee that they will not be eclipsed by China. We also need a North Korea strategy that needs to be integrated with this strategy as soon as possible. I will get to work on options there. Now, onto Macau and Hong Kong. The declarations governing the transfer of sovereignty to China from Portugal and Britain will need to be revisited. It might be that all involved simply want to recommit to the existing legal arrangements - in which case, we should facilitate that. It may be that a more liberal China is an opportunity to get more liberal arrangements. In which case, we should work to enable that. I am also thinking we could leverage the financial statuses of Macau and Hong Kong, having more established market economies, to encourage investment and infrastructure in mainland China, with Hong Kong and Macau to serve as major ports and major economic partners for the post-war Chinese economy. Hong Kong raises another opportunity - Japan and South Korea might wish to prevent direct military support to the Zhang-PLA, but negotiations between Zhang and the British raise a potential for the British to provide the Zhang-PLA with arms and supplies. I believe both Taiwan and Tibet also merit consideration. Unlike with Japan and South Korea, I am currently unsure what specific strategy to recommend with Taiwan - though the goals of encouraging political engagement and economic relationships are the same, but Taiwan’s doubts about the Zhang-PLA strike me as somewhat more intractable by nature. In my private discussions with the President, he indicated a long term preference for supporting the Taiwanese with whatever choice they make, in the long term, whether that be unification or the status quo. The issue is, how do we keep the relationship steady - and hopefully make it profitable and productive - in the short-term? As to Tibet, again I have no ready made strategy yet. However I do think there is potential for dramatic improvement here. Any long-term conversations with the Zhang-PLA should at least raise the prospect of a referendum there, perhaps with some sort of economic compensation or resource guarantees to assuage the more pragmatic reasons for Chinese policy there. I would also like to express a healthy scepticism towards inciting local uprisings. There are risks about the trajectory of such an intervention. I would not wish to take that option, or options akin to it, off the table entirely, however.
  4. Character Name: Duncan Horatio Bradshaw Avatar: Paddy Ashdown Political Party: Independent Date of Birth: July 18, 1921 (age 67) Place of Birth: Bronxville, New York Place of Residence: Fairfax, Virginia Race/Ethnicity: White Gender: Male Religious Affiliation: Episcopal Family Information: Married Edith Poole in 1945. They have three children - Esther (b 1946), Giles (b 1947), and Jasper (b 1950). Educational History: West Point, 1939-1943, BSc, major in history Occupational History: US Army 1943-1978 Second Lieutenant, US Army, 1943-1944 First Lieutenant, US Army, 1944-1946 Captain, US Army, 1946-1952 Major, US Army, 1952-1960 Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, 1960-1965 Colonel, US Army, 1965-1968 Brigadier General, US Army, 1968-1972 Major General, US Army, 1972-1976 Lieutenant General, 1976-1978 Business consultant, business owner, philanthropist 1978-1984; 1989-1990 Director, Office of Economic Adjustment, 1984-1986 Director, Defense Security Assistance Agency, 1986-1989 Secretary of Defense nominee, 1990 The Bradshaws can trace their roots back to colonial New York, and are a prominent WASP family in Westchester County. Following family tradition, whereby the first son enters business, the second the clergy, and the third academia, Duncan, the fourth son and sixth and last child overall, was destined for military service. A bookish child with an intellectual disposition and a shy persona, he surprised many when, thanks to his dutiful nature and unerring diligence, he accepted this tradition with gusto. At eighteen, he started attending West Point. There, he showed considerable interest in international relations, history, and philosophy. He also displayed early signs of his affinity for public service: he was involved in establishing a student-led policy journal and volunteered for charities such as the Salvation Army and the Rockefeller Foundation, usually in administration and office roles. His military career was distinguished. He saw active service in both the Pacific and European theatres of World War II and then the Korean War. He received two Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Medal. As he climbed up the ranks, his talents for administration meant that he was often trusted with duties such as organising logistical support and supply chains, overseeing significant engineering projects, and coordinating between civilian and military agencies. As a Brigadier General, he was originally assigned to the Vietnam war effort, where he helped Creighton Abrams organise a change in strategy. His specialties and talents were seen as particularly useful for the increased focus on ‘hearts and minds’. Aloof in temperament and lacking in wit, Bradshaw was never placed in front of the cameras, but he understood the importance of such efforts, and was an able behind-the-scenes organiser. Rumours began to circulate, following the escalation of the Cambodian campaign, that Bradshaw was beginning to have doubts about the strategy. While he never commented on such rumours, and after retirement denied their veracity, they were sufficiently diffuse to cast a shadow over the Abrams-Bradshaw relationship, and so, for the remainder of his career as a General, Bradshaw and Abrams agreed it would be mutually beneficial for him to turn his focus to helping US Army operations outside of Southeast Asia. Towards the end of his career, he turned his focus to research and development and Congressional relations, as well as less high-profile issues, such as fighting waste and corruption and promoting the health and well-being of soldiers. In 1978, he retired, a health scare having led him to believe he was to die soon. Ultimately, it was a misdiagnosis, however Bradshaw was to thrive in the private sector. He soon took up many paid advisory, boardroom, and consulting roles, including the Lockheed Corporation, the Loral Corporation, Textron, Pinkerton, and Booz Allen Hamilton. While he never engaged in lobbying, his understanding of how the DoD operated and his renowned admin skills made him a well-sought after commodity. In 1980, he set up his own corporation, the Bradshaw Corporation. Half of the Corporation was focused on international defense, security, and political risk consultancy. The other was an early example of “philanthrocapitalism”, with Bradshaw investing in civil society and economic development in Third World nations, eager to bring the promises of capitalism to such communities, and investing in veteran-owned businesses. In 1981, he established a charitable foundation, the Bradshaw Foundation, to focus on these priorities, as well as establishing a scholarship for refugees from communism. He also was a prolific after-dinner speaker and lecture tour organiser, but never discussed his role in Vietnam. He returned to public service in 1984, to direct the DoD’s Office of Economic Assistance, and in 1986 joining the Defense Security Assistance Agency. After the end of the Reagan administration, he returned to the private sector, with a renewed focus on investing in formerly communist countries and expanding the Foundation’s remit to include policy research and public health wings. An independent, he is known for being staunchly pro-democracy and anti-communism and having an interventionist streak. He does, however, firmly believe in international cooperation and the rules-based system. His domestic policy views are rather centrist. He has voted for every Republican Presidential nominee since Reagan in 1980, but before that had voted for both Democratic and Republican candidates. President Anderson has now nominated him as Secretary of Defense. ((Approved by Anderson; bio looked over by Reed))
  5. General Goose

    Compliment the Above

    Great as an opponent, as an ally, and as an admin.
  6. General Goose

    Lewis Clayborne (D-OR)

    Signing out
  7. General Goose

    Docket

    Docket nomination of Jane Kelly.
  8. Sen. Clayborne Pleased with Budget Spending Levels Senator Lewis Clayborne today confirmed that he is 'more than pleased' with the outcome of budget negotiations, pointing to how a majority of the spending changes he pushed for were enacted. "This is a budget that the American people can be incredibly happy with, and one that I am happy to say includes a majority of the spending decisions I pushed for," Clayborne told reporters, pointing to how the final bipartisan budget compromise largely matched the priorities he set out as an initial negotiating position for the US Senate. Once Senator Clayborne ended the GOP practice of only negotiating budgets secretly, a bipartisan compromise was reached between Senators Storm (D-NY) and Saunders (R-TX). Senator Clayborne pointed to three areas in particular where he is happy to see his work has paid off and a large bipartisan consensus has emerged. Firstly, in education, the large increases in investment secured by Senator Clayborne in the Bipartisan Budget of 2014 were secured and built upon. Senator Clayborne has confirmed that he expects this money to go to bolstering the performance of the Department of Education in all areas, and building upon the pioneering new investments created in 2014. This includes universal pre-K; an emergency student debt relief program; supporting affordable textbooks; free community college; and the per-pupil premium, which gives public schools no-strings-attached financing for each disadvantaged and impoverished student they take on. "Thanks to the efforts of my office, in conjunction with likeminded Senators and the White House, we are now investing needed sums in education," Clayborne said, describing increased educational funding as his greatest accomplishment. Secondly, in infrastructure, the bill preserves the $30 billion in annual investments in our nation's infrastructure that Senator Clayborne secured in the Bipartisan Budget of 2014. Thirdly, substantial investments were secured in national security. "I pushed for increases in funding to Veterans Affairs and the State Department, helping give our brave veterans a fair deal and bolstering US power and influence around the world," Senator Clayborne said, speaking to reporters and referring to many of the decisions he successfully championed. He went on to describe other spending decisions that he was happy with, where his pressure and initial proposals were crucial in shaping the discussion. "The IRS retains a strengthened hand to tackle tax evasion and tax avoidance, and key pillars of our safety net and regulatory infrastructure are given the resources they need to produce a level playing field and a strong economy for future generations." Though the final numbers did not wholly reflect the plans the Senator originally set out, the priorities and broad strategies he sketched out were all met. This is a great success for the American people.
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    @LewisClayborne

    Zero reason for GOP to oppose Kelly nomination other than blatant partisanship.
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    @LewisClayborne

    Involving ALL Senators in budget negotiations works. GOP leadership dogma of past few years proven false.
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    Committee Rosters - 115th US Congress

    HELP Kamaka Nikolao @Bolster Chair Dutch Savage @Old Ironsides Ranking Majority Member Lewis Clayborne Hillary Edwards @Christopher Williams
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