Needham is a Heritage alumnus, having served as director of the think tank's Asian Studies Center (ASC). In that capacity he directed a staff of eight analysts and researchers committed to fostering the development of political reform, economic freedom and strong U.S. security ties in Asia. He also oversaw the Washington Roundtable for the Asia-Pacific Press (WRAPP), which facilitates discussion on a broad range of public policy issues affecting US-Asia relations.
Prior to joining the ASC, Needham was chief of staff at Heritage. He worked with Heritage President Ed Feulner on the full spectrum of public policy issues, most extensively in the areas of strategic communications in the war on terror, the role of international organizations in American foreign policy, and American fiscal policy. He also worked on the production and marketing of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today, Feulner's book which sets for both policy prescriptions and a practical action plan for the modern conservative movement.
Needham left Heritage in 2007 to serve as special assistant to Bill Simon, the policy director on Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign. In this capacity, Needham helped oversee all aspects of policy development for the campaign, including policy paper production, speechwriting, and debate preparation. He also served as the policy department’s liaison to the morning communications strategy meetings and was responsible for developing the campaign’s health care, immigration, and homeland security policies.
Needham holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Economics from Williams College.
Over the next year, as the Republican primary process plays out, there will be plenty of time for silliness, scoring political points, and mischaracterizations of each candidate’s record. But hidden amongst all the typical nonsense will also be some diamond in the rough moments.
Despite all their highly paid consultants, pollsters, advisers and politicos, the Washington Establishment has a unique, almost uncanny ability, to be completely tone deaf.
Unless you’ve been living in Abbottabad, you’ve probably noticed the price of gasoline is rising almost as fast as our national debt. How our government spends our money and how we decide to power our economy are two of the most pressing challenges facing our country.
“Republicans Get Grilled at Town Hall Meetings Over Budget Plan,” read the headline on a page National Journal, an inside-the-beltway news source that put up with video clips of Republican lawmakers at townhall meetings during the April recess.
There’s a lot of talk around the country – especially among conservatives – about who will be the savior of the Republican Party as the presidential candidate in 2012. All of that talk is premature.
It’s a pretty good rule of thumb that, in Washington, whatever the Establishment is focusing on is a distraction from the real issue.
Late Friday night, Congress agreed to a framework to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. They quickly passed a stopgap measure to keep the government open while they turn the framework into legislative text, which is expected to pass both chambers of Congress.
Putting political gain ahead of our troops is pretty crass, but it seems some are prepared to do it.
The big spending fight of 2011 will come in several months when Congress considers raising the debt limit. The debate is likely to unfold very similarly to how the short-term funding fight has played out. Will Congress demand transformational changes in exchange for raising the debt limit?
Two years after an historic election, Americans asked for a refund.
This week, Congress has the opportunity to reverse its tragic 2009 decision to end the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.
Over thirty years ago, in 1978, the United States government ran an annual deficit of $59 billion. In that year, a fiscally conservative legislative strategy might have been to cut $2 billion a week for the last seven months of the year.
Great leaders rise to the occasion, and just five days ahead of a government shutdown, we know all we need to know about President Obama and Harry Reid’s Senate: They are fundamentally unserious about reining in spending.
At critical times through our nation’s history, principled and courageous men have stood up and lead our country towards greatness. Our Founding Fathers declared their independence from Britain and created our Constitution – the greatest governing document we have ever seen.
It’s been a long time since you could say this, but last week was a great week for conservatives in Washington.
It's only February and we already have a strong contender for the most substantively offensive quote of 2011.
Give President Obama credit for saying the right thing when he praised America's spirit of entrepreneurship in his State of the Union address. It's a shame his policies contradict his rhetoric.
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” For the past two years, that has been the motto of the Obama administration.
Prognosticators are rarely held accountable in Washington, but Senate Democrats may want to consider holding Chuck Schumer accountable for his analysis of the benefits of Obamacare.
Government has become an engine of redistribution, creating a growing constituency of “takers” supported by a shrinking population of “givers.” As a result, America’s ethic of self-reliance—and the institutions of civil society designed to provide neighborly care to the needy—face the gravest threat posed in our nation’s history.