On War and Politics: The Battlefield Inside Washington's Beltway

Inside the Washington Beltway, battles are waged with political capital instead of bullets. 

Join YPFP for a discussion with Major General Arnold Punaro, a man who knows better than most that there are often no easy solutions at the intersection of politics and policy.

After being wounded and awarded the Bronze Star for valor as a Marine infantry platoon commander in Vietnam, Arnold Punaro thought he’d left the battlefield behind. Instead, he redeployed onto the battlefield of Washington politics. For almost fifty years, he’s toiled at the intersection of the political and defense establishments, working with such luminaries as Sam Nunn, John Glenn, John McCain, Colin Powell, Robert Gates, Ash Carter, and many others. Today Democrats, Republicans, and career public officials agree on one thing: few individuals possess the military experience, governmental expertise, and personal integrity of Arnold Punaro.

Partnered with best-selling writer David Poyer, Punaro offers revelations about the most contentious issues of the past and sage advice for the future. From his military service, to his role formulating and overseeing all major defense and intelligence legislation, Punaro reveals how decisions are really made inside the Beltway, providing insights into the actions of presidents since Jimmy Carter and Secretaries of Defense back to James Schlesinger. Unsparing in his criticisms of both parties, whose partisanship is leading our country over a precipice, Punaro presents radical proposals for much-needed reform to save the country for which so many have given their lives.

About the Speaker

Arnold L. PunaroMajor General Arnold L. Punaro, USMC (Ret.), served thirty-five years in uniform, both active and reserve. He spent twenty-four years in the U.S. Senate, becoming staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Currently CEO of a small business, he was a top industry executive and continues to serve on numerous boards and commissions on national security. He is a sought-after speaker at national security and defense conferences and is frequently quoted in national trade and business publications.




November 15, 2016 at 6:30pm - 8pm
GWU School of Media & Public Affairs
805 21st St NW
Room 525
Washington, DC 20052
United States
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