The Pentagon is losing its fight against post-war budget reductions and has begun revising its strategy to identify a force structure consistent with lower budgets. The U.S. military will likely reduce major combat operations while sustaining an the ability to act quickly on intelligence. There are, however, programs that will be protected from the cuts. Senior Defense Analyst Robert Levinson joins the program to line up the winners and losers by charting military priorities.
Six months after being sworn into office for his second term, the President has now nominated Michael Froman to be the United States Trade Representative. The hearing set to confirm Mr. Froman is more of an opportunity for Congress to determine what the administration has on deck for trade negotiations. To that end, Bloomberg Government’s Director of Global Business Sanford Reback has written, Five Questions for U.S. Trade Nominee Froman. We discuss each one on this week’s program.
Robert Levinson is a defense analyst at Bloomberg Government. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force with more than 20 years of service. Levinson worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as a strategic communications consultant. He has a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a masters from the University of California, San Diego.
Sanford Reback is director of global business with Bloomberg Government. At the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, he helped negotiate NAFTA and the agreements establishing the World Trade Organization. He served as an executive at MCI, then a Fortune 100 company; UUNET, then the world’s largest Internet services provider; and two venture-backed technology companies. Reback holds a B.A. in political science from Stanford University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School. He was a Fulbright Fellow in London.
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