Front & Center with John Callaway: The First 100 Days: What Challenges Face the New Commander-in-Chief?
President Barack Obama laid out a bold domestic agenda to address the economy and other challenges at home, but what kind of impact was he looking to make overseas? Could Obama and his national security team effectively transform America's foreign affairs, or would volatile situations like the recent outbreak of violence in the Gaza Strip set the agenda for them? John Callaway and his panel of experts took stock of the First 100 Days of the Obama Administration on this episode of Front & Center.
Tom Bowman is a Pentagon reporter for National Public Radio. Before coming to NPR in 2006, he spent nine years as a Pentagon reporter at the Baltimore Sun. During his 19 years at the Sun, Bowman also covered the Maryland Statehouse, the United States Congress, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the National Security Agency. His coverage of racial and gender discrimination at the NSA led to a Pentagon investigation in 1994. Bowman has also worked for the Daily Transcript in Dedham, Mass., and as a reporter at States News Service, writing for the Miami Herald and the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Over his career, Bowman has been honored with several awards for news writing and features, from the New England Press Association and the Maryland Press Association. He is also a co-winner of a 2006 National Headliners' Award for stories on the lack of advanced tourniquets for U.S. troops in Iraq. He earned a B.A. in history from St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vt., and a master's degree in American Studies at Boston College.
Paul Herbert is the Executive Director of the Cantigny First Division Foundation. A 1972 West Point graduate, he holds a Ph. D. in History from the Ohio State University and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Deciding What Has to be Done: General William E. Depuy and the Writing of Field Manual 100-5, Operations, 1976, and has written several articles and lectured frequently on national security and military history and affairs. A retired colonel in the U.S. Army, Dr. Herbert held a variety of operational assignments, including command of the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, and service on the Joint Staff in Washington, DC. He has been Professor of Military Studies at the National War College, Washington, DC; Senior Fellow, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany; and Assistant Professor of History, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
Endy Zemenides serves on the Editorial Board and Board of Advisors of the National Strategy Forum, a Chicago based foreign policy organization, and on the Board of Directors of the National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes. He has lectured in International Relations and American Foreign Policy in DePaul University's Political Science Department, and has been published in the area of national security in publications such as The National Strategy Forum Review, the Pentagon's The Officer, and the American Bar Association's National Security Law Reporter. He is a partner in the law firm of Acosta, Kruse & Zemenides, LLC, and the Political Director for Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. Zemenides graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law and a student-fellow in the Harrison Institute's Public Policy Clinic.