A US-Australia (UK) DC Day

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(post-2007 Australian American Leadership Dialogue Dinner: Anne Keating, Anne Wexler, Steve Clemons, Lesley Russell, Bruce Wolpe, Former Prime Minister Paul Keating; photo credit: Ambassador Joe Duffey) A number of readers have been asking me how a typical day of mine in blogland and the the world of think tanks goes in Washington. The most difficult challenge I have in my schedule is just getting time to “think.” The DC political scene is very time-consuming, wrapped up in meetings that I’m…

Russ Feingold Streams Live Today at Noon

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Streaming Video by Ustream.TV The subject is national security intelligence and information gaps. I’ll be hosting Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) for a talk on legislation that he and Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) have offered to help address some of the structural problems in national intelligence. The meeting will start at noon and end at 1:15 pm EST. — Steve Clemons Update: On a related note, You can read selected excerpts of the talk by National Intelligence Chairman Thomas Fingar on…

John McCain Joins Mann, Clemons, Pickering and Barfield in Invasion of Ottawa

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I’m up in Ottawa today speaking for the Canadian government’s “Deputy Ministers’ Retreat” along with former Ambassador and Under Secretary of State Thomas Pickering, Brookings governance policy czar Thomas Mann, and AEI’s trade guru Claude Barfield. But we quickly learned from local residents that we weren’t the only Washingtonians who had invaded and that John McCain is in Ottawa today as well speaking to the Economic Club of Toronto (though the event is here in Ottawa). My hunch is that…

EVENT TODAY: Pakistan’s Dangerous Turn

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Patrick Doherty is the Deputy Director of the American Strategy Program at The New America Foundation, and the Director of our US-Cuba 21st Century Policy Initiative. The New America Foundation and Terror Free Tomorrow will release the results of a Pakistani, pre-election public opinion poll today at New America at 12:15. Click here for more information. I can’t go into the details of these latest polling results because of an embargo, but you can be the first to hear them…

Russ Feingold STREAMING LIVE on National Security Intel Gap on Monday

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I’ll be moderating a session with Senator Russ Feingold on Monday, 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm EST on America’s “National Security Intelligence Deficit.” You can watch live streaming of the event here at The Washington Note. For more on the substance of the event, read Andrew Lebovich. — Steve Clemons

Intelligence Battles — Senator Feingold follows on Thomas Fingar and Richard Betts

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In light of the September 11 attacks, the incorrect reports of Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and the current debate over Iran’s nuclear weapons, the American intelligence community has received an incredible amount of scrutiny in recent years. This criticism has brought with it a strong desire for reform, one that is being treated very differently by various scholars, intelligence professionals and policy makers. In his 2007 book Enemies of Intelligence: Knowledge and Power in American Security, renowned political…