With a looming “fiscal cliff” that includes across-the-board spending cuts hovering above Washington, the future of American defense spending is uncertain. What is nearly certain is that the Department of Defense will see additional budget cuts. The pertinent questions are therefore: how much cutting is too much? how much is enough? and how do we cut smartly in order to preserve America’s military might?
Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) believes Congress should undertake serious reforms to defense spending to maintain a sustainable fiscal path that preserves American power. To that end, over the past five months, CVA has produced five “case studies” that examine various examples of defense cuts and reforms, with an eye towards identifying what makes for smart, strategic, and effective defense reforms. The “lessons learned” from each case study will be aggregated into a single document that provides the beginnings of an accessible blueprint for practical defense reform.
As a capstone event , The Weekly Standard’s William Kristol will moderate a panel discussion on December 11th on defense spending, featuring experts in the field—including Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution, who will provide the keynote address. Sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America, the “DEFEND & REFORM: The Future of America’s Defense Spending” event will diagnose defense spending challenges and offer practical solutions.
Speakers will include: United States Senator Lindsey Graham, United States Congressman Tim Griffien, Steve Bucci (The Heritage Foundation) Michael O’Hanlon (Brookings Institution), Pete Hegseth (Concerned Veterans for America), Russell Rumbaugh (Stimson Center) and more.
Registration is free and lunch will be served. To register for this event, CLICK HERE
Tuesday, December 11, 2012. 12:00pm-1:45pm
The Willard Hotel – Willard Room
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington D.C., 20004
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