Event: A Reality Check on the F-35 Stealth Fighters

Winslow T. Wheeler
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Ottawa Sheraton – Penthouse,
150 Albert St. Ottawa ON K1P 5G2

Free admission

Winslow T. Wheeler is Director of the Straus Military Reform Project of the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C.

For 31 years Wheeler has worked on national security issues for both the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) and members of the United States Senate.

He will be speaking at a public event in Ottawa, providing a reality check on the arguments for and against the purchase of 65 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the Canadian Air Force.

Winslow T. Wheeler is no stranger to the Canadian debate, frequently appearing on CBC and in other national media.

The free public event will be held on Tuesday, April 5, in the Penthouse of the Ottawa Sheraton, 150 Albert Street, at 10:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Rideau Institute and Physicians for Global Survival.

RSVP. Rideau Institute at 613 565-9449, or operations@rideauinstitute.ca.

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Winslow T. Wheeler

Wheeler is the Director of the Straus Military Reform Project of the Center for Defense Information in Washington, DC. He has authored two books: “The Wastrels of Defense” (US Naval Institute Press) about Congress and national security, and “Military Reform” (Greenwood Publishers) on the serious, fundamental problems that currently face America’s defenses. He released a new anthology (“America’s Defense Meltdown”) after the presidential elections to help guide the new president out of the national security mess that Republicans and Democrats have jointly created in Washington.

From 1971 to 2002, Wheeler worked on national security issues for members of the U.S. Senate and for the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). In the Senate, Wheeler advised Jacob K. Javits (R. NY), Nancy L. Kassebaum (R, KS), David Pryor (D, AR), and Pete V. Domenici (R, NM). He was the first, and according to Senate records the last, Senate staffer to work simultaneously on the personal staffs of a Republican and a Democrat (Pryor and Kassebaum).

In the Senate staff, Wheeler was heavily involved in legislating the War Powers Act, Pentagon reform legislation, arms control and foreign policy, and oversight of the defense budget and weapons programs.

At GAO, he directed comprehensive studies on the 1991 Gulf War air campaign, the US strategic nuclear triad, and Pentagon weapons testing. Each of these studies found prevailing conventional wisdom about weapons to be badly misinformed.

In 2002 when he worked on the Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee, Wheeler authored an essay, under the pseudonym “Spartacus,” addressing Congress’ reaction to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks (“Mr. Smith Is Dead: No One Stands in the Way as Congress Lards Post-September 11 Defense Bills with Pork”). When senators criticized in the essay attempted to have Wheeler fired, he resigned his position.

Wheeler joined the Center for Defense Information immediately after leaving Capitol Hill.

He has periodically appeared in interviews on national TV and radio and has written articles and commentaries for national, local, and professional publications. These venues include “60 Minutes,” C-SPAN’s “Book Notes,” National Public Radio, the PBS News Hour, the Washington Post, the Politico, Mother Jones, Barron’s, Defense News, and Armed Forces Journal.

He lives with his wife, Judy, and son, Matthew, in Hagerstown, Maryland. Another son, Winslow B., lives in Florida with his wife and their three sons.

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