Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress

Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress CSPC works to address the key challenges facing our nation by encouraging strategic leadership and studying the lessons of history. The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress is a unique non-partisan, non-profit policy and education organization that applies strategic thinking and the leadership lessons of history to solving today's critical national challenges and opportunities.
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Founded in 1965, the Center is the only organization that systematically examines past successes and failures of the Presidency and relates its findings to present challenges and opportunities. Today, both the Executive and Legislative Branches are highly compartmentalized, which is the enemy of strategic thinking, action, and the best use of resources. In addition, the nation is polarized, even though public opinion polls show a desire to break down barriers and face our nation's real public policy issues. Lessons learned from past American experiences offer insights on how to deal with these challenges. Along with full-time staff and interns, the Center utilizes an esteemed Board of Trustees, a National Council of Advisors drawn from a wide variety of professions and political ideologies, and a range of other Advisors and Fellows to contribute to the Center’s many programs and initiatives. In addition to these contributors, the Center functions as a highly successful convener of the best minds in government, trade, and academia to serve on its policy working groups and education programs.

Mission: At the Center, we seek to: - Promote leadership in the Presidency and the Congress to generate innovative solutions to current national challenges - Preserve the historic memory of the Presidency by identifying the lessons from the successes and failures of such leadership - Draw on a wide range of talent to offer ways to better organize an increasingly compartmentalized Federal Government. - Educate and inspire the next generation of America’s leaders to incorporate civility, inclusiveness, and character into their public and private lives and discourse.

In this week's edition of CSPC's Friday News Roundup @stchmbl looks at the break in the ceasefire in Gaza and what it me...
11/16/2018
Friday News Roundup — November 16, 2018 – Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress – Medium

In this week's edition of CSPC's Friday News Roundup @stchmbl looks at the break in the ceasefire in Gaza and what it means for Israeli politics & @hoyadan covers the three main roles a president plays on the domestic and international stage.

https://medium.com/@CSPC_DC/friday-news-roundup-november-16-2018-6822fd6ef0

President Trump & the President’s Three Hats; Gaza Raid Shakes Israeli Politics; & Stories You May Have Missed

North Korea poses an unpredictable cybersecurity threat to the U.S., especially to the critical infrastructure pg. 43 ht...
06/23/2017
Securing the U.S. Electrical Grid | CSPC

North Korea poses an unpredictable cybersecurity threat to the U.S., especially to the critical infrastructure pg. 43 https://goo.gl/FdvSoJ

With the support of the Smith Richardson Foundation, CSPC launched a yearlong project in July of 2013 to bring together representatives from the Executive Branch, Congress, and the private sector to discuss how to better secure the U.S. electric grid from the threats of cyberattack, physical attack,...

Government Procurement? The Business of Government matters to us all - CSPC's most recent report and recommendation  are...
05/09/2017
The Better Business of Government | CSPC

Government Procurement? The Business of Government matters to us all - CSPC's most recent report and recommendation are here: https://shar.es/1FDSSF

Over the past year-and-a-half, the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) has examined the issues impacting government procurement and potential reforms to the procurement system. With experts from government, academia, and the private sector participating in off-the-record roundta...

FUTURE WATCH:  Interested in Driverless Cars?  Check out #CSPC's report here: http://tinyurl.com/jxfynef  #AV #Driverles...
05/04/2017
The Autonomous Vehicle Revolution—Fostering Innovation with Smart Regulation | CSPC

FUTURE WATCH: Interested in Driverless Cars? Check out #CSPC's report here: http://tinyurl.com/jxfynef #AV #Driverless #uber #google #apple

A future in which autonomous motor vehicles are capable of picking up passengers, navigating suburban, urban, and rural streets, and automatically reacting to roadway obstacles is not that far away. Already, various models of autonomous vehicles are being tested in research facilities and, increasin...

Had a wonderful evening celebrating #SECDEF Ash Carter with #CSPC's #Eisenhower Award last night! Video here: http://www...
03/28/2016
Annual Awards | CSPC

Had a wonderful evening celebrating #SECDEF Ash Carter with #CSPC's #Eisenhower Award last night! Video here: http://www.thepresidency.org/annual-awards #CSPC

During the Spring Presidential and International Fellows Leadership Conference, CSPC holds its annual awards dinner—honoring leading public servants alongside the Fellows.

Letter with recommendations from Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress MidEast working group on AUMF again...
02/11/2015
Letter To Congressional Leadership Regarding An AUMF Against ISIL | CSPC

Letter with recommendations from Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress MidEast working group on AUMF against ISIL for John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Senator Harry Reid, Mac Thornberry, Rep. Adam Smith, Ed Royce, Eliot Engel, John McCain, Senator Jack Reed, Senator Bob Corker, Bob Menendez https://www.thepresidency.org/publications/letter-congressional-leadership-regarding-aumf-against-isil

CSPC Middle East Study Group pens letter to Congressional Leadership calling for an AUMF against ISIL, signed by; Maxmillian Angerholzer III, Lt. Gen, David Barno USA (Retired), Dr. Nora Bensahel, Dr. Bruce Hoffman, Dan Mahaffee, Senator Mel Martinez (Retired), Dr. John A. Nagl, Governor Tom Ridge,…

Former U.S. Congressman & Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Mike J. Rogers joins CSPC Board ...
01/15/2015
CSPC | Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress

Former U.S. Congressman & Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Mike J. Rogers joins CSPC Board of Trustees!

http://tinyurl.com/m43nvwj #CSPCMikeRogers

Jump to navigation Celebrating 50 Years / Applying the lessons of history to the challenges of today 1020 19th Street, NW, Suite 250 Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202.872.9800

CSPC Senior Fellow, James Kitfield's recent piece in POLITICO Magazine on Ashton Carter who serves on the Center's Board...
12/05/2014
Obama Harks Back a Generation; CSPC Senior Fellow James Kitfield | CSPC

CSPC Senior Fellow, James Kitfield's recent piece in POLITICO Magazine on Ashton Carter who serves on the Center's Board of Counselors.

https://www.thepresidency.org/blog/obama-harks-back-generation-cspc-senior-fellow-james-kitfield

Published in Politico Magazine on December 3, CSPC Senior Fellow James Kitfield writes of President Obama's potential pick for the next Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ashton Carter, who serves on the Center's Board of Counselors. To read the piece please click here. To read Dr. Carter's bio click here.…

12/05/2014

President Barack Obama officially nominates Ashton Carter – who currently serves as on the Center's Board of Counselors – as the next United States Secretary of Defense. http://tinyurl.com/ohc2u2f

CSPC Senior Fellow James Kitfield recently interviewed the author of the–now controversial–first hand account of the Osa...
11/18/2014
CSPC Senior Fellow James Kitfield interviews former SEAL Team 6 member Matt Bissonnette | CSPC

CSPC Senior Fellow James Kitfield recently interviewed the author of the–now controversial–first hand account of the Osama bin Laden raid: No Easy Day by Mark Owen, Matt Bissonnette.

http://tinyurl.com/k56evrj

CSPC Senior Fellow James Kitfield recently interviewed the author of the-now controversial-first hand account of the Osama bin Laden raid: No Easy Day, Matt Bissonnette. To read the interview please click here.

CSPC remembers the remarkable life and legacy of Ambassador David M. Abshire.  We salute Amb.Abshire's commitment to pub...
10/31/2014
CSPC | Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress

CSPC remembers the remarkable life and legacy of Ambassador David M. Abshire. We salute Amb.Abshire's commitment to public service and bipartisanship, and his lessons of history and leadership for future generations.

https://www.thepresidency.org/

The Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress is a non-partisan and nonprofit organization that seeks to apply lessons of history and leadership to today's challenges.

10/08/2014
First U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge Partners with Five Leading Lloyd's Syndicates...

CSPC Trustee Governor Tom Ridge to partner in launching a firm to "Offer Intelligent Cyber Insurance" per a CNBC press release.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102061589#.

LONDON, Oct. 6, 2014/ PRNewswire/-- Companies struggling to protect their assets and brands from the growing scourge of cyber attacks can now access a new product designed specifically for their needs, created by a trusted former national security leader and the world's premier insurance brand. The…

Happy to announce that we sent the final copy of our yearlong Electrical Grid & Cybersecurity Report to the printers tod...
10/07/2014
Securing the U.S. Electrical Grid | CSPC

Happy to announce that we sent the final copy of our yearlong Electrical Grid & Cybersecurity Report to the printers today!
http://www.thepresidency.org/programs/securing-us-electrical-grid

With the support of the Smith Richardson Foundation, CSPC launched a yearlong project in July of 2013 to bring together representatives from the Executive Branch, Congress, and the private sector to discuss how to better secure the U.S. electric grid from the threats of cyberattack, physical attack,…

Looking forward to hosting out Presidential Fellows in Washington in a few weeks.  Learn more about the program here: ht...
10/03/2014
2014-2015 Fellows Program | CSPC

Looking forward to hosting out Presidential Fellows in Washington in a few weeks. Learn more about the program here: http://bit.ly/1x6YPyb

For more than forty years, Presidential Fellows have been coming to Washington, DC, to learn about leadership and governance, to share their outstanding research and scholarship, and to develop as future leaders of character. This unique non-resident program offers up to seventy-five top undergradu…

POLITICO takes a closer look at the confirmation battles yet to come: http://politi.co/1ruGd9t
09/29/2014
Confirmation battles are back

POLITICO takes a closer look at the confirmation battles yet to come:
http://politi.co/1ruGd9t

Prepare for the return of the confirmation fight. If Republicans capture the Senate majority in November, their sway over prominent judgeships and Cabinet vacancies — potentially including a new attorney general — will become one of the GOP’s primary leverage points against Preside…

"These days there is a lot of 'if-only-Obama-could-lead-like-Reagan' talk by conservatives. I’ll leave it to historians ...
09/28/2014
Who Had It Easier, Reagan or Obama?

"These days there is a lot of 'if-only-Obama-could-lead-like-Reagan' talk by conservatives. I’ll leave it to historians to figure out years from now who was the better president. But what I’d argue is this: In several critical areas, Reagan had a much easier world to lead in than Obama does now." nyti.ms/1BmCcGl

The final answer will have to come from historians years from now, but a look at several critical areas offers some hints.

President Bill Clintonl and Hillary Clinton "finally have the titles they have long wanted: Grandpa and Grandma." http:/...
09/28/2014
Daughter for Chelsea Clinton (and granddaughter for a certain couple) - The Boston Globe

President Bill Clintonl and Hillary Clinton "finally have the titles they have long wanted: Grandpa and Grandma." http://ow.ly/C1Xd6

NEW YORK — Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton finally have the titles they have long wanted: Grandpa and Grandma. Their daughter, Chelsea, gave birth to her first child — with her husband, Marc Mezvinsky — on Friday and posted the news on Twitter early…

It's been 30 years since a losing nominee ran again (McGovern) and 46 since one won (Nixon). http://nyti.ms/1vlSfCJ
09/27/2014
Romney in 2016? Never Say Never

It's been 30 years since a losing nominee ran again (McGovern) and 46 since one won (Nixon). http://nyti.ms/1vlSfCJ

Though it might seem unlikely, a look at the predictions market suggests it is far from impossible, reflecting a wide-open Republican field.

Drones vs Tribes: Senior Fellow James Kitfield America's Asymmetric War with ISIL: http://yhoo.it/1pxnWEk
09/27/2014
Modern airpower versus tribal warriors

Drones vs Tribes: Senior Fellow James Kitfield America's Asymmetric War with ISIL: http://yhoo.it/1pxnWEk

In the annals of warfare there have been few conflicts as asymmetric as the United States against the Islamic State, which pits a global superpower at the head of an international coalition against an ambitious terrorist group.

"The job of campaign pros is to make sure that their candidates are giving their voters the red meat they need to remain...
09/26/2014
When Campaigns Poison Compromise

"The job of campaign pros is to make sure that their candidates are giving their voters the red meat they need to remain engaged and turn out to vote...But, when those who are seen as the more moderate forces in the party are the ones doing the red meat politics, it means that there will be no one left in Congress to challenge their base to embrace needed reforms. What voters get, of course, is a more polarized Congress less willing to compromise than ever." http://cookpolitical.com/story/7835

And, the way that both sides have boxed themselves in on tough issues like immigration, entitlements, and climate change on the campaign trail ultimately leaves little room for any meaningful compromise in a 2015 Congress.

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