Defend & Reform Wrap Up

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What does the future hold for U.S. defense spending? With military budget cuts looming, how will the U.S. maintain military superiority? And what does a ‘good’ defense cut look like?

These—and others like them—are the questions panelists grappled with at a December 11th policy luncheon hosted by Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) and The Weekly Standard in Washington, D.C.

The event was sold out, and over 4,800 people watched the event live on our website. But if you missed the event-no problem. Below you will find hyperlinks to videos for each individual speaker, as well as transcripts, photos, and pertinent quotes.

 

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Videos:
Intro & Keynote Address | Senator Lindsey Graham [R-SC] | Panel Discussion | Senator Kelly Ayotte [R-NH]

Transcript | Photographs | Key Quotes

Case Studies:A Series of 5 case studies on Defense Spending
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Entitled “Defend & Reform: The Future of America’s Defense Spending“, the event was moderated by William Kristol of The Weekly Standard and featured speeches from both Senator Lindsey Graham [R-SC] and Senator Kelly Ayotte [R-NH]. Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution provided the keynote address and was joined by a distinguished panel of experts that included U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman [R-Colo.], Steve Bucci [The Heritage Foundation], Pete Hegseth [Concerned Veterans for America], and Russell Rumbaugh [Stimson Center].

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 were aggregated into a single document that was released at the event. You will also find that below.

Click on the links below to see individualized videos, transcripts, photographs, and key quotes from each of the event participants. Enjoy, and your feedback is welcome.