Defending DefensePosted by Randy | September 08, 2011
Over the past several months, I have discussed on this blog the severe impact defense cuts will have on our national security. With the deficit-reduction “Super Committee” deliberations approaching, and the prospect of deeper and more damaging cuts to defense spending in sight, it is necessary that we have regular dialogue on these issues.
Today, I have the opportunity to discuss the defense budget and current and future challenges confronting the United States military at a “Defending Defense” Conference on Capitol Hill. The event will be co-hosted by the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), the American Enterprise Institute (AIE), and the Heritage Foundation; it will also include a discussion by a panel of defense experts.
Defending Defense is a coalition to promote a sound understanding of the U.S. defense budget and the resource requirements necessary to sustain America’s preeminent military position in a dangerous world. Most recently, Defending Defense issued a primer on the prospects for– and consequences of– a hollow force in light of military spending cuts. Defending Defense has also produced a primer on China’s military build-up and its implications for US Defense Spending.
I’ll be joined by my colleagues Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Allen West and Senators Lindsey Graham , Jon Kyl, and Kelly Ayotte for a discussion of U.S. defense spending and America’s global commitments. More details on the conference, including information on attending, are available here.
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