New Center for National Policy President Hopes to Rescue U.S. InfrastructurePrintable Version
By Melissa Lafsky, The Infrastructurist
It seems that U.S. infrastructure has a new friend in Washington. The Center for National Policy, a think tank focused on national and global security, has named Dr. Stephen Flynn as its newest president. Former presidents of the group include Cyrus Vance, Edmund Muskie, and Madeleine Albright, while its list of board members has included former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, former Speaker of the House Thomas Foley, and Leon Panetta.
Flynn, a former senior fellow for counterterrorism and national security at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation and America the Vulnerable: How Our Government Is Failing to Protect Us from Terrorism, has announced that his top priority will be "responding to the crisis of America's deteriorating infrastructure as a national security and economic imperative." He made the following statement in a press release:
We've long been bemoaning the state in which the U.S. has found itself -- a once excellent infrastructure system that has, through decades of neglect, found itself in increasing obsolescence and disrepair. Add to this the hundreds of billions spent with little result, and the thorny layers of bureaucracy that prevent swift and comprehensive action, and you've got a dire situation that draws no clear solutions and, if left unchecked, could create a serious threat to public safety. What we need is a new paradigm for large-scale infrastructure projects -- one that we hope the new administration, as well as newcomers like Flynn, can successfully usher in.