By Nick Adams, Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger
Special to Roll Call
June 28, 2011, Midnight
As the debate over enhanced interrogation techniques has proved, too little about what works in counterterrorism is settled knowledge — in or out of government.
Congress is the only entity with the constitutional authority and the wherewithal to really change that fact.
With the Arab Spring and the death of bin Laden likely altering the future shape of the threat posed by terrorists, now is a particularly opportune time to expand our capacity to clearly and methodically evaluate the challenges we are up against and how best we can face them down.
Nick Adams is director of the Science of Security Program at the Breakthrough Institute and a sociologist at the University of California-Berkeley, where he is completing his Ph.D. dissertation. Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger are the founding principals of the Breakthrough Institute, based in California.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.