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June 05, 2007

Buying Security: Are Our National Security Institutions Serving our Country's Needs or are They Becoming Unraveled?

The nation faces many difficult security issues - from Iraq, to terrorism, to proliferation, to deeper challenges of poverty, failed governance, identity conflicts (faith and nationalism), trafficking in drugs, people, and arms, global health and environmental issues.  Is our government structured to handle these issues?  How do we put together the money we spend dealing with them?  Do the Pentagon, State Department, USAID, intelligence agencies, homeland security department work the way they should?   Dr. Gordon Adams will answer these questions as he disentangles the complexities of the US planning and spending for our national security, including military forces, diplomacy, foreign assistance,  intelligence and homeland security.

Dr. Adams is a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, where he is co-authoring a book on national security budgets with an MIT faculty member, Dr. Cindy Williams. In his career he has created a think tank (the Defense Budget Project), taught at universities (George Washington University, Columbia University, American University), and was, for five years (1993-97), the senior White House official for national security budgets.

Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Time: 6:00 PM - Social Hour - cash bar
         7:00 - Dinner
         7:45 - Club Annual Meeting
         8:00 - Dr. Adams: "Buying National Security"

Location: Maggiano's Little Italy
         205 Mall Blvd., King of Prussia, PA
         Phone: 610-992-3333
         Directions Below

Cost: $35 for Dues-paying Club members & their guests
        $50 for non-members
        $20 for Young Alumni members & their guest
        $35 for Young Alumni non-members

Reservations: via MIT Infinite Connection:

For Questions: Jim McNeely, 302-368-3664
         e-mail: JBMcN@aol.com

(Maggiano's Little Italy is located at the west end of the parking lot surrounding the King of Prussia Mall)

From US 202 Northbound: Take US 202 Northbound over Schuylkill Expressway. Turn left at first light after Schuylkill, onto N. Gulph Road. Go to second light and turn right onto Mall Blvd. Take first right turn off of Mall Blvd. into mall parking lot, Maggiano's will be on your right. Entrance is on opposite side of the Maggiano's building. Valet Parking is available.

From US 202 Southbound: Drive south past King of Prussia Mall. Western boundary of mall parking lot is N. Gulph Road. Turn right at light onto N. Gulph Road. Follow directions above.

From Schuylkill Expressway (I-76): Take US 202 North Exit. Follow directions given above for US 202 Northbound.

From PA Turnpike: Take Exit for Schuylkill Expressway (I-76 East). Get off at third exit after tollbooths (US 202 North). Follow directions given above for US 202 Northbound.

From Princeton Area: Get on I-95 South (1-295 North). Take 1-95 South into PA. Exit onto US 1 South. Take US 1 South to PA Turnpike (I-276 West). Get on Turnpike going west. Follow PA Turnpike directions given above.

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