Archive for category: Thought Leadership

Punaro Remarks on “Challenges Facing DoD” Delivered at CSIS Defense Acquisition System Event

November 7, 2013

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Arnold Punaro Remarks

Center for Strategic & International Studies Event:  Performance of the Defense Acquisition System – Looking Ahead

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Upcoming Event (Nov. 8): The Lexington Institute Presents Regulatory Overhead at the Pentagon Forum

October 30, 2013

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The Lexington Institute

Regulatory Overhead at the Pentagon

Friday, November 8, 2013

2168 Rayburn House Office Building

The Gold Room

Washington, DC 20515


Speaker Schedule:   

12:00 p.m.    Mr. Arnold Punaro, Chairman, National Defense Industrial Association

12:10 p.m.    Mr. Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

12:20 p.m.    Dr. Daniel Goure, Vice President, Lexington Institute

12:30 p.m.    Mr. William Inglee, former Staff Director, House Appropriations Committee

12:40 p.m.    Mr. Philip A. Odeenformer Chairman/CEO, TRW Inc.

12:50 p.m.    Dr. Loren Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Lexington Institute

1:00 p.m.      Dr. Dov Zakheim, former Comptroller, Department of Defense

1:10 p.m.      Dr. Jacques Gansler, former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

1:20 p.m.      Mr. Russell Rumbaugh, Director, Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense, The Henry L. Stimson Center

1:30 p.m.      Mr. Christian P. Marrone, Vice President, Aerospace Industries Association


For more information, contact Constance Baroudos, Program Director at the Lexington Institute, at



Upcoming Event (Nov. 7): CSIS Presents Performance of the Defense Acquisition System – Looking Ahead

October 30, 2013

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Performance of the Defense Acquisition System: 
Looking Ahead

Featuring The Honorable Frank Kendall,
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Thursday, November 7, 2013
8:30-10:00 a.m.
CSIS 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

In the current and foreseeable budget-constrained environment, the effective implementation of acquisition reform efforts becomes all the more important as the Department of Defense seeks to maximize every dollar. Please join CSIS for remarks by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Frank Kendall, followed by a panel of experts who will explore defense acquisition reform through the prism of industry.


8:30 a.m.   Introductory Remarks:  Dr. John J. Hamre, President and CEO, and the Pritzker Chair,

Keynote Remarks, followed by Questions & Answers: The Honorable Frank Kendall,
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, U.S. Department of Defense

9:15 a.m.   Panel Discussion

                 Mr. Pierre Chao, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Renaissance Strategic Advisors

                 Mr. Jon Etherton, President, Etherton & Associates, Inc.

                 MajGen Arnold Punaro (USMC, Ret.), Chief Executive, The Punaro Group, LLC

                 Mr. David Berteau, Senior Vice President and Director, National Security Program
on Industry and Resources, CSIS (Moderator)

10:00 a.m. Conclusion of Event


(Note: You must log on to your CSIS account to register. If you do not have an account with CSIS, you will need to create one. If you have any difficulties, or do not receive “password reset” emails, please contact


UPCOMING EVENT: The Center for a New American Security Presents “Maintaining a Strong Defense-Industrial Workforce”

September 19, 2013

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The Center for a New American Security invites you to attend a discussion on:

Maintaining a Strong Defense-Industrial Workforce


Linda Hudson

President and Chief Executive Officer of BAE  Systems, Inc.

Please join CNAS for an event featuring Linda Hudson, President and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc., who will discuss the challenges to the nation of maintaining a healthy defense industrial workforce in an era when sequestration requires deep cuts in defense budgets.  Following her remarks, Ms. Hudson will join a panel discussion that will include:

Major General Arnold Punaro, USMC (Ret.) – Chief Executive Officer, The Punaro Group
The Honorable Christine Fox – Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Date & Time
Monday, September 30, 2013
4:45 p.m.: Guest Registration
5:00-6:30 p.m.: Remarks, Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
6:30-7:00 p.m.: Cocktail Reception

The Willard InterContinental Hotel’s Crystal Room
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

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Punaro Remarks on the “Washington Battlefield” Delivered at Potomac Officers Club Sequestration Summit

May 14, 2013

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Remarks by Arnold Punaro

Delivered at the Potomac Officers Club Sequestration Summit

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Punaro Warns of Defense Budget Time Bombs in Presentation to HASC Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee

March 20, 2013

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Presentation by Arnold L. Punaro

Delivered to the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee



Defense Or Disarmament: The Ticking Time Bombs Of U.S. National Security

February 26, 2013

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Presentation by Arnold L. Punaro

Delivered to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Washington, D.C.

– Updated as of  February, 2013



Arnold Punaro Statement On Nomination Of Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary Of Defense

February 12, 2013

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Once Senator Hagel is confirmed and appointed, he knows as do the members of the committee that the next vote is always the most important vote.  That the person who may be your strongest opponent on this vote could be your strongest ally on the next vote.  He understands as a squad leader in combat that you need the support of those on your left flank and those on your right flank to accomplish the mission.  He knows firsthand the Congress’ key role and, as Secretary Hagel, I am confident he will work cooperatively with the leadership and members of the defense committees on both sides of the aisle whether they supported him or not.  He will receive lots of calls from the Congress on issues big and small and will make lots of calls to members of congress on issues big and small.  He will need and solicit the wisdom and experience of individuals like Chairman McKeon and Senator McCain and others just as he will Chairman Levin and Congressman Smith.  And even his staunchest opponents will need his help on issues in their districts and states.  One of the reasons that he has such strong bipartisan support from everyone that is anybody in the national security establishment from former secretaries of state, defense, national security advisors, SASC committee chairmen, retired military leaders, ambassadors, and the veteran leaders, is he is a true statesman. Statesmen know the only time you have an enemies list is when you are on the battlefield and you need to sort out the friendlies from the enemies. Whether they supported him or not, all of Congress is in the “friendly” camp.


Defense Reserve Policy Board, Final Report to the Secretary of Defense

January 7, 2013

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Arnold L. Punaro, chairman

Eliminating Major Gaps in DoD Data on the Fully-Burdened and Life-Cycle Cost of Military Personnel: Cost Elements Should be Mandated by Policy

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The Guard and Reserve: A Battle-hardened Bargain for the Warfighters and Taxpayers

September 11, 2012

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Keynote Speech by Arnold L. Punaro

Former Chairman, Commission on the Guard and Reserve

Delivered to the National Guard Association of the U.S. 134th Annual Convention

Reno, Nevada

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