Former U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall recenlty received an appointment to the 10-member National Defense Panel.
That's a congressionally mandated group that assesses defense department strategies.
In a telephone interview Monday, Marshall said a panel is put together every four years to examine strategies regarding such things as threats, U.S. armed forces structures and force structure reductions.
After reviewing the Department of Defense strategies, Marshall said the panel will make recommendations to Congress. He said the process would take about a year and a half.
Marshall said the panel's work would have an indirect impact on possible future Base Realignment and Closure Commission proceedings.
The panel hasn't begun work yet, Marshall said, because all 10 members haven't been appointed and a chair and co-chair haven't been selected.
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith of Washington State appointed Marshall to the panel. Smith serves as the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, and as such, has two appointments to the panel.
While in Congress, Marshall served with Smith on the Armed Services Committee. Both men are Democrats.
Marshall served in Congress for eight years, losing the 8th District seat to U.S. Rep. Austin Scott in 2010.
He now serves as president of the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.
He also served as Macon's mayor from December 1995 to December 1999.