Gordon Adams lives on two bridges. One connects the world of research and the academy to the “real world” (is Washington any more real than Hollywood?) of politics and policy-making. He is a professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, at American University in Washington, D.C., and is also a distinguished fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center. From 2006 to 2007 he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center working on a book on national security budgets. For the previous seven years, he taught national security at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.
Building that bridge to the “real world,” Adams writes non-fiction books and articles on national security topics, trying to bring sanity to a very troubled relationship between the United States and the rest of the world. From 1993 to 1997 he put the taxpayers’ money where his mouth was, working for Bill Clinton as the senior White House official for national security budgets. Before that, for ten years he created and ran a defense budget think tank in Washington, D.C. He writes for the democracyarsenal blog and a regular e-column for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He also publishes opinion pieces with whoever has the courage to print them, which has included from time-to-time, the Washington Post, Financial Times, New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Newsday, Boston Globe, and the Chicago Tribune.
The other bridge connects him to the world of the arts and performance. He is a stage actor studying at the Studio Theater Conservatory in Washington, D.C., studies voice with a private vocal coach in Maryland, and reads, writes, and occasionally publishes poetry. He is married to Phyllis Goodnow, a father of three, grandfather of two, and master of none.