Gordon Adams is involved in both the worlds of policy and of creative arts. He teaches national security at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He also writes non-fiction books and articles on a variety of national security topics, including the politics of defense contracting, the global security role of the United States, European and transatlantic defense issues, the war on terror and in Iraq, defense economics and technology, and national security budgeting.
In 1983, after 18 years in New York City, Adams headed for Washington D.C., where he founded a think tank (the Defense Budget Project), which is today the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He served under President Clinton as the White House official in charge of national security budgets from 1993 to 1997, where he handled defense, intelligence, and national security budgets and was involved in policy-making on the uses of force in the Balkans and the Middle East. He escaped Washington for London to work at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and came to the Elliott School in 1999.
Adams has written many opinion pieces on national security, published in the Financial Times, The New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, Newsday, and the Chicago Tribune. He appears regularly on radio (especially NPR), television, and in the print press as a commentator on national security issues. In the creative arena, Adams has worked as an actor, writes prose and poetry, is a voice student, and studies acting at the Studio Theater Conservatory in Washington, D.C.