On this Roundtable episode of the Defense & Aerospace Report Podcast, sponsored by Bell, a Textron company, our guests include Bridge Colby, the former deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force planning — now at the Center for a New American Security, Bob Hale, former Pentagon comptroller (who now advises Booz Allen Hamilton — his thoughts are his own), Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council, Dov Zakheim, now on the board of the Atlantic Council think tank, Gordon Adams, PhD, American University professor emeritus and Stimson Center distinguished fellow, Byron Callan of the independent equity research firm Capital Alpa Partners, Evelyn Farkas, PhD, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia in the Obama administration who is now with the German Marshall Fund, and Steven Grundman of the Grundman Advisory and the Atlantic Council.
-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ abrupt resignation
-The President’s decision to withdrawal U.S. troops from Syria
-Budget issues and the prospect of partial government shutdown
-Holiday gift ideas from our panel