Gordon Adams has a deep interest in national security policy and decision-making. He has written many studies in this area, including his best-known work, The Politics of Defense Contracting: The Iron Triangle, which is widely used in the study of defense politics in America.
In 1983, Adams founded the Defense Budget Project in Washington, D.C., a center for analysis and commentary on defense policies and budgets during the Reagan and Bush presidencies. From 1993-1998 he was the senior White House advisor on national security budgets for the Clinton administration.
His other abiding interest is the politics and economics of transatlantic defense. Adams speaks French and has lived five years in Europe, most recently in London, where he worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has published several studies on transatlantic relationships, including current work on the emerging transnational European defense identity in the European Union, and the gap in defense capabilities between the United States and its European allies.
Adams has become one of the nationís best-known commentators on national security and defense policy, and has testified numerous times before Congress on these issues. He also speaks before a wide variety of audiences, writes regularly for newspaper opinion pages, and has advised the U.S. Department of Defense, the defense industry and a number of activist organizations.
Adams currently directs the security policy studies program at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. He also teaches decision-making and budgets for national security.