Defense Budget

Event

Rebalancing and Reforming Defense: Quadrennial Defense Review 2010

Every four years, the U.S. Department of Defense conducts a congressionally mandated review of national defense strategy and priorities known as the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). As the Pentagon concludes its 2010 QDR–the second such review to be conducted in wartime and the first of the Obama administration–join Michèle Flournoy for an assessment of defense policy over the short and long term.

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Event

A Conversation with Senator Jim Webb

 

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and highly-decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, Senator Jim Webb served as secretary of the Navy under President Reagan and was elected by Virginians to the U.S. Senate in 2006. He is a member of the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations, Armed Services, and Veterans’ Affairs, and is chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Please join Senator Webb to discuss his work in the Senate and his views on U.S. national security strategy.

 

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Expert Roundup

Reviewing the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review

Authors: Steven Kosiak, Robert L. McClure, Col. Ken Allard, and Lt. Gen. Bernard Trainor

The new Pentagon strategic plan calls for a more mobile, modern U.S. military capable of meeting threats posed by non-state actors like al-Qaeda. Cfr.org inteviews four military experts for their views on whether the Quadrennial Defense Review creates a force that is sustainable and adequate for the task at hand.

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Interview

Deficits in a Growing Defense Budget

Todd Harrison interviewed by Greg Bruno

The Obama administration's proposed defense budget fails to align spending with calls to rebuild the military to handle irregular warfare, says expert Todd Harrison. He also cites an inability to get personnel costs under control.

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Must Read

Reuters: Behind the Pentagon's Doctored Ledgers, a Running Tally of Epic Waste

Author: Scot J. Paltrow

"At the DFAS offices that handle accounting for the Army, Navy, Air Force and other defense agencies, fudging the accounts with false entries is standard operating procedure, Reuters has found. And plugging isn't confined to DFAS (pronounced DEE-fass). Former military service officials say record-keeping at the operational level throughout the services is rife with made-up numbers to cover lost or missing information."

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CRS: The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Modifications to the Budget Enforcement Procedures in the Budget Control Act

Author: Bill Heniff Jr.

"The BCA established an automatic process to reduce spending, partially entailing a sequester of budgetary resources, if Congress did not pass and the President did not sign, by January 15, 2012, legislation reducing the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the FY2012-FY2021 period. No such legislation was enacted by the deadline. Therefore, the automatic spending reduction process was triggered."

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