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The 2012 Report on Reports analyzes over 30 reports from a wide political spectrum and identifies six areas of broad agreement, focused on making existing initiatives more effective and impactful, and new ideas for innovative approaches to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future. America has a unique opportunity to build upon the bipartisan efforts of the past decade of strengthening development and diplomacy efforts to advance the country’s foreign policy and national security interests. After reviewing the stream of reports, articles, policy briefs, and other documents over the past few years, the USGLC has again found strong consensus on the next steps to ensure effective foreign assistance and
to strengthen our civilian agencies.
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The Global Plum Book outlines the 100 key political appointed positions in an Administration that will shape and manage development and diplomacy policy. It’s time to govern, and it is our hope this resource offers a roadmap to decision makers undertaking the challenge of putting together a team of individuals that will help build a better, safer world. These are the most senior Administration positions at the Cabinet and selected sub-Cabinet levels, working with the President and Vice President, that set, manage, influence, and implement U.S. national security and foreign policies funded by the International Affairs Budget, including foreign assistance. Administrations may add or remove positions depending on their policy priorities.
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The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) is a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.The USGLC works in our nation’s capital and across the country to educate and inspire support from the American public and policymakers on the importance of America’s civilian-led tools of development and diplomacy. By advocating for a strong and effective International Affairs Budget, the USGLC is working to make the smart power tools of development and diplomacy a keystone of America’s engagement with the world.
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Extraordinary global challenges from terrorism to weak and fragile states to enduring poverty demand strong U.S. leadership and a new vision for American engagement in the world. Over the past decade, the importance of using all the tools of our foreign policy to shore up our national security—development and diplomacy, alongside defense—has had strong bipartisan support. But today, our position in the world is being challenged economically as well. That’s why we need Smart Power 2.0, a strategic investment in effective development and diplomacy that enables us to advance our national security interests abroad, as well as, better compete in the global marketplace. For just one percent of the federal budget, programs funded through our International Affairs Budget protect our security and advance our economic interests in the world, while demonstrating our finest values as a nation.
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USGLC Economic Brief Top business leaders from around the country created this cutting-edge new report demonstrating how U.S. global leadership helps American businesses grow and create jobs here at home. This new report, entitled “U.S. Global Leadership: A Strategic Investment in U.S. Jobs”, illustrates how in today’s global economy, America must invest in development and diplomacy to open new markets to U.S. businesses and create jobs here at home. The report was crafted after extensive research and strategy sessions by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Economic Working Group, co-chaired by Bill Lane of Caterpillar and John Murphy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Representatives of some of the top companies in the world, including Boeing, GE, Walmart, Procter & Gamble and many more were a part of the discussions.
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Impact 2012 is an innovative, bipartisan initiative that engages Presidential and Congressional candidates on the importance of America’s global leadership and a strategic investment in development and diplomacy. This initiative brings together top leaders around the country from the business, faith-based, education and national security fields, including current and former elected officials, community leaders, and veterans who embrace the importance of U.S. global leadership.
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With results in, and counting still under way in some states, the USGLC is asking “what do the election results mean for the smart power agenda?” We are pleased to report broad bipartisan support for America’s global leadership and the International Affairs Budget, though we are well aware of the challenges ahead to reconcile commitments to development and diplomacy with the need to address America’s fiscal crisis. To help you sift through the results, we are pleased to provide this detailed look at the new players and the likely playing field for the 113th Congress. We look forward to welcoming long-time supporters back to Washington along with new and emerging friends as we continue our work together to build a better, safer world.
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USGLC Booklet The International Affairs Budget funds the majority of America’s civilian foreign policy programs – diplomatic relations with other countries, security assistance to allies and strategic partners, trade and economic relationships with the global community, health clinics and schools in the developing world, and humanitarian relief efforts in the wake of natural disasters. These programs are critical to advancing America’s national security and economic interests and sustaining American leadership in the world. Check out some of the achievements of the International Affairs Budget and why these are wise investments for America.
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Putting Smart Power to Work After analyzing over 20 reports and 2,000 pages created by a diverse group of over 500 expert contributors from various institutions, the USGLC released “Putting Smart Power to Work: An Action Agenda for the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress.” This report distills these wide ranging proposals into an extraordinary bipartisan consensus that America must strengthen its civilian capacity as a critical component to our national security. To take a closer look at the specific policies examined in creating “Putting Smart Power to Work,” the USGLC has put together a matrix of the eight areas considered in the analysis.A comprehensive list of the reports and papers used in this report can be found in the appendix.
Report on Reports | Matrix | Appendix
Global Plum Book For each Administration the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Government Reform releases the official “Plum Book” identifying the nearly 8,000 presidential appointments within the federal government. To that end, the USGLC released its own version, known as the “Global Plum Book” identifying the key 100 appointed positions which are most significant in impacting global health, global development and diplomacy. Take a look at the USGLC’s “Global Plum Book” to see the positions in which it is critical the appointees share Obama’s vision for global engagement.
Global Plum Book
USGLC Poll The USGLC commissioned a poll in 2010, which finds nearly 90 percent of active duty and retired military officers agree the tools of diplomacy and development are critical to achieving U.S. national security objectives and a strong military alone is not enough to protect America. 83 percent of the military leaders also say humanitarian efforts such as food assistance, and health, education, and economic development along with diplomacy are important to our national security. Findings from the poll also show a clear call for increased resources for the International Affairs Budget to prevent conflicts from happening and provide support to military efforts around the world. Read More
Read Major Findings from the Poll
USGLC Poll In 2008, the USGLC released a poll of post-9/11 military officers conducted by the bipartisan polling team of Geoff Garin (Peter D. Hart Research Associates) and Bill McInturff (Public Opinion Strategies). In a memo on the poll results, Garin and McInturff wrote, “Eighty-four percent (84%) of officers say that strengthening non-military tools such as diplomacy and development efforts should be at least equal to strengthening military efforts when it comes to improving America’s ability to address threats to our national security.”
Survey of Post-9/11 Military Officers’
Views on Global Engagement

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