Archive for category: Thought Leadership

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

February 12, 2013

Thought Leadership

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

Thought Leadership

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

Thought Leadership

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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Defense Business Board, Report to the Secretary of Defense

April 19, 2012

Thought Leadership

Arnold L. Punaro, Chairman

Linking and Streamlining the Defense Requirements, Acquisition, and Budget Processes

Read the report:

Defense Business Board Report April 2012

UPDATE:  April 2013

Department of Defense Responds to Report and Recommendations, Takes Action as Outlined in Memo from James A. Winnefeld, Frank Kendall and Christine H. Fox to Defense Business Board

Read the memo:

DoD MEMO to DBB April 26 2013