Obama Administration Gets Good Grades For National Security

by Ben Hoffman

While there are still problems with the Homeland Security structure created by the Bush administration, Obama has received several ‘A’s and ‘B’s on their report card. From the report:

Conduct a comprehensive review of the domestic program to secure dangerous pathogens. A
Develop a national strategy for advancing bioforensic capabilities. A
Propose a new action plan for achieving universal adherence to the Biological Weapons Convention. B+
Strengthen the nonproliferation regime. B
Review cooperative nuclear security programs. B+
Designate a White House principal advisor for WMD proliferation and terrorism. A-
Create a more efficient and effective policy coordination structure by restructuring the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council. A-
Practice greater openness of public information so that citizens better understand the WMD threat. B-
   

The report card also gave a few Fs for failures to correct problems by the Bush administration — problems that the Bush adminstration failed to address, even after they allowed our country to be attacked, and that they had over seven years to address. Read more here.

Note: this post is as “fair and balanced” as the coverage Fox “news” gave this report card. 🙂

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4 Comments to “Obama Administration Gets Good Grades For National Security”

  1. From the report:

    Ouch:

    Enhance the nation’s capabilities for rapid response to prevent biological attacks from inflicting mass casualties. He gets an F

    Tighten government oversight of high-containment labs. He gets a D+

    Conduct a comprehensive review of the domestic program to secure dangerous pathogens. Sweet, an A.

    Strengthen domestic and global disease surveillance networks. Hmm, a C.

    Propose a new action plan for achieving universal
    adherence to the Biological Weapons Convention. Well done, B+

    Develop a national strategy for advancing bioforensic capabilities. Good job, another A

    Work with Russia to reduce dangers of WMD. C

    Strengthen the nonproliferation regime. B

    Review cooperative nuclear security programs. B+

    Reform congressional oversight to better address intelligence, homeland security, and crosscutting 21st-century national security missions. Ouch…F

    Implement education and training programs to recruit and retain the next generation of national security experts. Ouch…F

    Integrate, under a single overarching strategy, efforts to coordinate, integrate, and deliver foreign assistance, public diplomacy, and strategic communications. C

    Designate a White House principal advisor for WMD proliferation and terrorism. A-

    Create a more efficient and effective policy coordination structure by restructuring the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council. A-

    Practice greater openness of public information so that citizens better understand the WMD threat. B-

    Work with a consortium of state and local governments to improve preparedness in the event of a WMD attack. He gets a C

    So, not so good. But then again, not so bad for someone with zero executive experience essentially learning on the job.

  2. Not sure if this deserves an “A” or not, but can we at least give Obama a “high 5!” for sending in more troops, keeping the wiretapping and the Patriot Act, and upping the Predator attacks? 🙂

  3. Mr. Hoffman,

    I sure wish I would have had you as a teacher when I was in junior high school. You have the most generous grading curve I’ve ever seen.

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