Woodward in Defense One: Shutdowns Harm Security


John Woodward, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, said that government shutdowns harm national security interests.

Woodward made the argument in an Oct. 21 article in the news outlet Defense One entitled “How Budget Battles Undermine National Security.”

From the text of the article:

A shutdown would also cripple many intelligence operations, which “unlike many other government tasks, cannot simply be restarted after postponement—these operations often present a one-shot opportunity that, once lost, cannot be regained,” wrote John D. Woodward,  an intelligence officer at the C.I.A.during the 2013 shutdown. “As a result, a shutdown threatens to kill—permanently—potentially valuable intelligence operations.”

You can read the entire article here.

John D. Woodward, Jr. is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. During his twenty-year CIA career, John served as an operations officer in the Clandestine Service and as a technical intelligence officer in the Directorate of Science and Technology, with assignments in Washington, DC, East Asia, Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. Learn more about him here.