President-elect Biden will take office in 62 days. On Tuesday, the transition announced that Biden and Vice President-elect Harris participated in a "Briefing with National Security Experts." According to the press release, the group briefed Biden and Harris "on the diplomatic, defense, and intelligence challenges the administration will inherit on day one, focusing on both the strategic landscape as well as the readiness of our foreign policy and national security departments and agencies."
This is important information, and good to know. But I can't help wondering with this meeting, with these attendees, would have happened if Biden had access to a "real" transition team (current government staff). I hope his past experience will serve to temper his reliance on any one point of view. I am willing to withhold judgment (NOT scrutiny) as long as his hands remain tied. Better he should get information from someone than be kept in the dark.
If anyone has been paying attention, corporate money, influence and power has eroded our democracy in more ways than can be counted. It must stop or we will continue to be governed not by ‘the people’ but by greed.
I was wondering what you might pivot to after the election... this is excellent stuff! Thank you for keeping on digging!
Excellent choice of reporting. Now it’s time to hold this new administration accountable. And prompt them to not do business as usual. So keep going in this direction Judd.
Such important information and such depressing news. Please keep track of DoD budget proposals and appropriations. Defund DoD is as bad a slogan as DeFund Police but sentiment behind it is equally important. More is not better. Readjust the priorities and seek to shrink it Thank you for this piece.
This seems the same sort of of flawed logic that leads President Trump to assume that since Hunter Biden was on the board of Berisma , Joe Biden must be corrupt.
These military advisors are presumably there because of their experience in the US military, not because of one of the boards they may currently sit on. Prominent people are often asked to sit on boards, and doing so doesn't make them lobbyists of advocates for the positions of the CEO.
Wikipedia doesn't even list Rayheon in its article on four-star general Lloyd James Austin.
Perhaps because he is on many boards and the fact that he was Commander of the US Central Command under Obama and Biden is more relevant?
First & foremost there are currently bigger fish to fry than focusing on who Biden is attempting to fill his transition team with in the wake of Trump’s unprecedented temper tantrum. Yes, under normal circumstances & in usual transition situations this would be very important to cover. But this is not the situation we find ourselves in. Where are we? Not only does Trump refuse to acknowledge that he lost, he continually declares himself the winner in spite of evidence to the contrary. In addition he is working with Republican state lawmakers in a concerted effort to ignore the will of the voters. Michigan Republican lawmakers are visiting the White House this weekend. Is that appropriate? I don’t know but it’s highly suspicious. And this follows his praise of GOP election reps attempt to hijack the election results in the largest county in Michigan. An attempt that was thankfully subverted by overwhelming pressure although it could have easily gone the other way. My point is there is still a lot up in the air about this transition, like will it actually even happen? I’d much prefer for our biggest concerns to be who Biden is consulting with for his transition but that’s just not where we are right now. At least, that’s how I see things.
Meet the new boss. Same as he old boss 🎼 The Who
They should be discussing how to administer a COVID vaccine, not how to line Raytheon's coffers. Alas, the defense lobby needs to be appeased.