Gordon Adams is active in both the “real” world and the cultural world. In 1983, after 18 years in New York City, he founded a think tank (the Defense Budget Project), which today is the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington, D.C. Under President Clinton he was the White House official in charge of national security budgets from 1993 to 1997, dealing with defense, foreign policy, and intelligence spending, and such crises as the uses of force in the Balkans and the Middle East. He escaped Washington for London in 1997 to work at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and came to the Elliott School in 1999.
Adams currently teaches national security at the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University. He writes non-fiction books and articles on national security topics, including the politics of national security, the place of the U.S. in global security, transatlantic defense relations, the war on terror and in Iraq, and national security budgeting. His study on network-centric warfare capabilities of the European allies will be published in 2006. He is working on a book on how to make sense out of the disparate ways in which the U.S. allocates funding for defense, diplomacy, intelligence, and homeland security. He also sounds off regularly on the issues of the day in the opinion pages of the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, Newsday, the Chicago Tribune, and NPR.
Adams worked as a young actor in California and New York, and he is currently a student at the Studio Theater Conservatory in Washington, D.C. He writes poetry, studies voice as a tenor, and sings with the National Philharmonic Chorale at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, Maryland.